Megan Petersen

MA in Higher Education Leadership

What do you hope to do with your degree and/or credential, and why?

I hope to work at a college or university in new student programs, such as orientation and welcome week, or in a student activities office. I really enjoy helping students in their transition into college life.

When did you begin your program, and when do you anticipate completing it?

I began my program Fall 2014 and will be graduating Spring 2016.

What is your background? For example, where are you from, where else have you earned a degree, and where have you worked?

I am originally from New Jersey, where I earned my BA in Communications from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. It was there that I became an orientation leader and fell in love with the student affairs aspect of higher education. During my undergraduate career, I also studied abroad on Semester at Sea where I traveled to 7 different countries during the summer of 2012. In between graduating from my undergraduate program and starting this graduate program, I interned for Make-A-Wish New Jersey. 

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

I am currently a graduate assistant in the International Center. I get to interact with students and faculty who come to our school from abroad as well as current students who attend the university and wish to study abroad. It is great to get to interact with such a diverse group of people. I enjoy traveling and it is a wonderful feeling to be able to spend my day with people who enjoy exploring the world too.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

The seminar class has been my favorite course so far. I really enjoy getting to spend time with my peers in the program. The course allows us to talk about our on-campus positions and we discuss how we can improve professionally and what steps we can take to improve our experience while we are here. Getting to spend time with the other members of the cohort provides so much support and helps to create a community where we can all bond together. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?

Keep an open mind. This program is both challenging and rewarding, and it is definitely worth all of the hard work that goes into it.