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CSPA Graduate Assistantships

Mr. Alan Nordyke
Ellis L23
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4549
nordyke@ucmo.edu





testimonials

Testimonials/FAQs


What has it been like living so far away from home? How have you adjusted?

What have been some of the challenges you have had to face in your time at UCM? How have you adjusted to them?

What has been your best experience in your assistantship and/or CSPA so far?

What is your favorite aspect of your assistantship and/or the CSPA program?

What are the benefits of being a part of the CSPA program?

Comments & Advice:

 

What has it been like living so far away from home? How have you adjusted?

“I have really enjoyed my experience at UCM because members of the program have become some of my best friends and help provide the support I need to make it to graduation day.” - Ashley McCullough, Council Grove, KS, Emporia State University, Alumni Development and Engagement and Office of Student Activities

“It is difficult to be away from my family and friends for such long periods of time. Thankfully I have made wonderful friends here who are able to stand in the gap. My adjustment became easier once I reached out to others.” - Jamila Anderson, Chicago, IL, Eastern Illinois University, Office of Student Activities

“Living away from home has been both relaxing and a challenge at times. I have wanted to get away and be more independent for some time now, and this gave me the opportunity to do so. It is just difficult sometimes when there are troubles at home that you feel like you should be there for but obviously cannot be due to distance. Those that have been key to my adjustment have been the other RHDs and my supervisor; they are a great support system during the tough times and also like to have a good time and aren't solely work oriented.” - Caleb Lesley, Cincinnati, OH, The Ohio State University, Housing-Bradshaw Hall Residence Hall Director

“Living five hours from home hasn't been difficult at all! The more difficult transition was moving away from all of my close friends at my undergraduate institution. The key is realizing that UCM is providing a great opportunity for my professional growth and my career and that this is just the next step in the long career ahead. I'm still only about two hours from my undergrad so I try to make time to visit a couple of times per semester for special occasions such as Homecoming and meeting up with some of my friends for quick reunions. The members of my grad cohort are amazing, and having such a great group of friends has helped with the transition!” - Dayona Nett, Kingman, KS, University of Kansas, University Housing

“I am originally from the state of California so making the decision to move out of state to a place far away from everything and everyone I was comfortable with was extremely difficult to make. When I first arrived at UCM I experienced homesickness and anxiety about whether or not I would be successful while being so far away. I feel that my coworkers really helped get me through these issues because they were experiencing the exact same things. It has been due to their support and the support of the rest of the housing department that I have been able to adjust so successfully.” - Alfred Garcia, Bloomington, CA, California State University, San Bernardino, University Housing (Residence Hall Director)

“Living far away from home has not been a problem for me. I am very motivated with the things that I am passionate about. There is a lot to learn from this institution which results in not having time to feel homesick. The people that you meet in a student affairs setting will become your second family.” - Adam Gilbert, Cleveland Heights, OH, The Ohio State University, University Housing

“It has been tough because I am very close with my family and they have been my main support system. Everyone I met here at UCM has been great and I have been able to make connections that have become my support system here. Skype has also helped greatly with staying connected with my family.” - Katie Keleher, Scales Mound, IL, Western Illinois University, Residence Life

“At first it was definitely an adjustment. For me, I came from an urban/suburban background and found myself in a rural surrounding. As soon as I found others in the same boat, I quickly adjusted.” -  Luis Garay, Des Plaines, IL, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, Diversity Office

“I have managed just fine. I am a pretty independent person. I make sure to fly or drive home to see my family about 2-3 times per year. I also speak with different members of my immediate family on a weekly basis.” - Jordan Threadgill, Lawrenceburg, TN, University of Central Missouri, International Center

At first it was hard. The way I made it through the adjustment was building relationships with other graduate students. It was great to find that I had so much in common with them besides just our passion to work with students and to better their lives. I also received a lot of transitional support from the second years in the program, Housing professionals, and professors.” - Heidi Orchard, WI, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Housing Office

Of course, it's always an adjustment when you’re farther away from home, but I found that the support here made it an easy adjustment. I now have friends and a ‘family-away-from-home’ at UCM, and they serve as my support system here.” - Lauren Slemenda, Indianapolis, IN, The Ohio State University, Office of University Housing

“Missouri was not a huge adjustment for me since Arkansas and Missouri are similar states. I've adjusted by making more deep and meaningful friendships. When your away from home, your friends become your family.” - Fred Dillard, Conway, AK, Arkansas Tech University, University Housing

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What have been some of the challenges you have had to face in your time at UCM? How have you adjusted to them?

Learning the ropes of a new institution is difficult at first, but asking questions and remaining open minded are the best ways to jump in and become a valuable member of the UCM community.” - Ashley McCullough, Council Grove, KS, Emporia State University, Alumni Development and Engagement and Office of Student Activities

“A major challenge I faced was not liking my first assistantship. I was able to talk to my professor (Sonny) and professionals within my department for guidance and encouragement. Now I have had the chance to work in an office that I love.” - Jamila Anderson, Chicago, IL, Eastern Illinois University, Office of Student Activities

“Having completed my undergraduate degree at UCM and working in Admissions before my assistantship has actually been more of challenge than it may seem. Transitioning from a student worker in the office to the graduate assistantship took longer than expected. I had to adjust to new responsibilities while working with the same individuals who had previously viewed me as a student worker. By showing my coworkers I am capable of the new responsibilities, I have gained their trust and confidence that I am fully capable of completing my new responsibilities in a professional manner.” - Sasha Maslanka, Lee's Summit, MO, University of Central Missouri, Admissions

“The jump from being an RA last year to going up the ladder to being an RHD this year was a challenge. It was a little strange at first to find that line of supervision when I was in their position only a few short months ago. Talking with others to gain their experiences and perspectives really gave me an opportunity to reflect and find a balance that worked for me.” - Caleb Lesley, Cincinnati, OH, The Ohio State University, Housing-Bradshaw Residence Hall Director

“Learning to balance my GA and school.” - Andrea Vertz, Kansas City, KS, Emporia State University, Student Activities

“The biggest challenge I have had to face is the transition from a student leader role to one of a staff supervisor. I've had to work very hard with my staff and peers to define boundaries and learn more about the dynamic that exists on a staff team. The second-year cohort members have provided a lot of support and guidance as I made that personal adjustment.” - Dayona Nett, Kingman, KS, University of Kansas, University Housing

“A challenge for many, including myself, is making time in your schedule between graduate assistant responsibilities and school is making time for yourself. You need personal time. I would suggest actually blocking off time on your calendar designated for yourself.” - Erin Morrison, Hannibal, MO, University of Central Missouri, Annual Giving Programs in Alumni Relations and Development

Adjusting from being an undergrad student to a grad student and professional campus was somewhat difficult. You have to let go of some of your activities, while they are still present and tempting.” - Mike Morton, Warrensburg, MO, UCM, Alumni Relations and Development

Time management and prioritizing. Consistent communication with staff members and an open mind has helped me adjust.” - Brian Niemuth, Leeton, MO, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Office of Student Experience and Engagement

I would say some of the challenges I have faced include realizing that I am going to make mistakes! I don't like to make mistakes if I can avoid them, but the times when I do happen to make them, my supervisor has been very supportive and developmental. This has allowed me to realize it's okay to make mistakes but I still try my best to avoid them!” – Alfred Garcia, Bloomington, CA, California State University, San Bernardino, University Housing (Residence Hall Director)

“In my own opinion Plato was correct when he said ‘everyone is fighting a harder battle.’ I have faced challenges that relate to the graduate school transition but I feel that I have adjusted well. New friends, new course work, and a new setting can be overwhelming to some but I feel that my previous experiences set me up for success in this new environment.” - Adam Gilbert, Cleveland Heights, OH, The Ohio State University, University Housing

“Just a different type of institution and area of the Midwest. Adjusting to some of the different policies and procedures here has been a challenge, but a great one at that.” - Katie Keleher, Scales Mound, IL, Western Illinois University, Residence Life

“Being a graduate assistant as well as a graduate student quickly procured two roles to play. How do you navigate the two? In one you are seen as a professional with more responsibilities, and in the other you are a new student at a new institution. Adjusting to both required an understanding of each role and its definition to the self.” - Luis Garay, Des Plaines, IL, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, Diversity Office

“Finding a graduate assistantship was quite a challenge. I was in the CSPA program for two full semesters before being hired for my last two in the International Center. I applied and interviewed for several assistantships and full time jobs on campus and came up short each time. I am very happy about where I landed, but it didn't come without hardship.” - Jordan Threadgill, Lawrenceburg, TN, University of Central Missouri, International Center

“Adjusting to the new role of being an RHD and gaining the confidence needed to succeed in the position. I took on many opportunities to challenge myself and also looked to professionals around me for support and advice.” - Heidi Orchard, WI, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Housing Office

“It has been difficult for me to adjust to being around extroverts all the time. I'm a natural introvert, so it's always a little draining for me to be surrounded by extroverts. It's definitely helped me to come out of my shell a bit though.” - Kelsey Houston, Tipton, MO, University of Central Missouri, Housing & Greek Life Marketing

“The level of responsibility expected of me in my graduate assistantship was much higher than anything I've experienced before. It took some time to adjust, but now I feel that I have adjusted quite well and learned a lot from the experience.” - Lauren Slemenda, Indianapolis, IN, The Ohio State University, Office of University Housing

“My major challenge has been adjusting to the processes here at UCM. They were very different that they ones at my undergrad, but I realized that the processes work for UCM and I had to adjust myself.” - Fred Dillard, Conway, AK, Arkansas Tech University, University Housing

Meeting new people, adjusting to a new university with a different culture and structure, balancing the school work and the GA position. I have adjusted by finding a mentor and just giving the experience time. Most folks appear to adjust after just a little bit of time.” - Chris Walters, Jefferson City, MO, Truman State University, Residence Life

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What has been your best experience in your assistantship and/or CSPA so far?


“My assistantship in the Office of Student Activities has provided me ample opportunities to try new ideas and grow alongside the student leaders who make UCM an exciting place to be.” - Ashley McCullough, Council Grove, KS, Emporia State University, Alumni Development and Engagement and Office of Student Activities

“My best experience was going to the MoCPA conference my first year and participating in the case study competition. It felt good to try something new and display what I had learned in class to people from other universities.” - Jamila Anderson, Chicago, IL, Eastern Illinois University, Office of Student Activities

“The best experience I've had with the CSPA program is being a ‘tweener’ (meaning a student who begins at semester instead of the beginning of the school year). Because of this, I have gotten to know both cohorts of the program and made friends in both.” – Sasha Maslanka, Lee's Summit, MO, University of Central Missouri, Admissions

“The assistantship is something that challenges me on a daily basis. It really gives me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, while still being able to interact frequently with students and impact their lives.” - Caleb Lesley, Cincinnati, OH, The Ohio State University, Housing-Bradshaw Residence Hall Director

“I have really liked being able to use what I learn in the classroom during my assistantship. My best experience was being able to help one of my students through a problem using what we learned in our Helping Skills class.” - Andrea Vertz, Kansas City, KS, Emporia State University, Student Activities

“In my assistantship, I have had the chance to focus on my personal interests and goals in order to enact a building-wide sustainability awareness program with the support of the building's hall council leaders. Having the support of my students, my peers, and my supervisors for achieving this goal has been amazing!” - Dayona Nett, Kingman, KS, University of Kansas, University Housing

“Best experience so far, besides friendships being made, is the networking opportunities I have had within the Alumni Relations and Development [office]. These networking opportunities are helping me find a summer internship and reinforcing my desire to work in the field of university development.” - Erin Morrison, Hannibal, MO, University of Central Missouri, Annual Giving Programs in Alumni Relations and Development

“The hands-on experience of my assistantship has been irreplaceable. Also, observing and learning from my supervisor and other staff members has helped me grow both as a person and professionally.” - Brian Niemuth, Leeton, MO, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Office of Student Experience and Engagement

“The best experience I have had in my assistantship has come about with the staff members I have had the opportunity to work with over the past two years! I am revitalized each time that I am able to help a student staff member realize what they are capable of! It reminds me of the work that my mentors did to inspire me to always try my best! I couldn't ask for a better job!!!” - Alfred Garcia, Bloomington, CA, California State University, San Bernardino, University Housing (Residence Hall Director)

“My best experience in CSPA so far has been gaining a couple more true friends. In your lifetime, you will be able to count the number of ‘true’ friends you have had on one hand - friends that would do anything for you and be there through anything. Finding a friendship like that is one of the best things you can ever do to further your life.” - Adam Gilbert, Cleveland Heights, OH, The Ohio State University, University Housing

“For both CSPA and my assistantship, the people have been the best. Whether it's my fellow graduate students, professional staff, or professors, everyone has been very helpful and fun to get to know.” - Katie Keleher, Scales Mound, IL, Western Illinois University, Residence Life

“The best experience for me has been in both my assistantship and in CSPA: the people, the community of learners, and, most importantly, new friends! Before coming to graduate school, I was worried and unsure of how to make new friends, especially coming straight out of undergraduate schooling. Very quickly I found friends through being in classes with them (especially group projects!), being in the CSPA Student Organization and getting involved in opportunities that presented themselves.” - Luis Garay, Des Plaines, IL, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, Diversity Office

“I just started my assistantship in January 2013, so I've only had about four weeks in the job. So far I really enjoyed planning and facilitating the Study Abroad Info Fair at the end of January. I've learned a great deal in the CSPA program, and I'd say the best part about the program is the professors. I've had the privilege thus far to have classes with Dr. Sonny Castro, Dr. Bob Bowman, and Dr. Brenda Moeder; and all three have taught me more than they'll ever know about life, CARING about the well-being of college students and my colleagues, knowing myself, and being professionally competent, and doing the best I know how to genuinely affect positive change in students and the higher education as a whole.” - Jordan Threadgill, Lawrenceburg, TN, University of Central Missouri, International Center

“I cannot pick just one! I love my job, the students I get to work with, the opportunities I have gained, the professionals I get to connect with, the professors who are always there with an open ear. The program structure is always adjusting to the needs of the field and I love the discussion base aspect of it.” - Heidi Orchard, WI, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Housing Office

“My best experience in CSPA has been working and learning with my cohort, as well as the first year cohort. I love getting to know and learn about these people who have completely different backgrounds and personalities than mine. It's almost like vicariously traveling around the country.” - Kelsey Houston, Tipton, MO, University of Central Missouri, Housing & Greek Life Marketing

“My best experience in the CSPA program was definitely my summer internship at Webster University. I learned so much, gained an amazing amount of knowledge, and made some wonderful connections that are now helping me in the job search.” - Lauren Slemenda, Indianapolis, IN, The Ohio State University, Office of University Housing

“My best experience has been on the academic side and in my assistantship. My best experience is when what I learn in the classroom makes sense in my assistantship. I am able to take what I learn in class and then use it to improve myself as a professional because I now understand it.” - Fred Dillard, Conway, AK, Arkansas Tech University, University Housing

I think for me it has been the internship required by the CSPA program. It allowed me to branch out in my experiences and meet a lot of great professionals in the field.” - Chris Walters, Jefferson City, MO, Truman State University, Residence Life

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What is your favorite aspect of your assistantship and/or the CSPA program?

“I appreciate the variety of classes the CSPA program offers and the dedication professors have to their students. Each semester you are introduced to something new; yet you can apply aspects of each class to your specific student affairs passion.” - Ashley McCullough, Council Grove, KS, Emporia State University, Alumni Development and Engagement and Office of Student Activities

“The best part is when I catch myself using information that I learned in class with the students that I work with.” - Jamila Anderson, Chicago, IL, Eastern Illinois University, Office of Student Activities

“My favorite aspect of my assistantship with the Admissions Office is the communication between different departments on campus. Not only do I develop relationships with those in the Admissions Office, but also all across campus. The communication and collaboration between campus departments allows this to happen.” - Sasha Maslanka, Lee's Summit, MO, University of Central Missouri, Admissions

“My favorite aspect of the CSPA program is probably that I get to talk to a bunch of individuals who have come from across the country to gather at one university to further their education, and it really gives me the opportunity to learn about them, their experiences, and their backgrounds.” - Caleb Lesley, Cincinnati, OH, The Ohio State University, Housing-Bradshaw Residence Hall Director

“I love teaching and developing students. My assistantship and the CSPA program both are helping to give me the tools to do so professionally.” - Andrea Vertz, Kansas City, KS, Emporia State University, Student Activities

“In my assistantship I am provided with a wide variety of job responsibilities and opportunities to learn. I have done more in my first year than many graduate-level RHDs get to do in their two years of graduate school. Combined with the fact that I will have the opportunity to move to a new building and get a new set of experiences next year, I am confident that I will have a broad set of knowledge that will make me a competitive candidate for whatever job I pursue next!” - Dayona Nett, Kingman, KS, University of Kansas, University Housing

“My favorite aspect of my assistantship would have to be meeting and communicating with UCM alumni.” - Erin Morrison, Hannibal, MO, University of Central Missouri, Annual Giving Programs in Alumni Relations and Development

“My favorite aspect of my assistantship would have to be the freedom I've been given to improve old projects and create new ones.” - Mike Morton, Warrensburg, MO, UCM, Alumni Relations and Development

“I think my favorite aspect of the CSPA program so far would have to be the applicability it has to work I do in my assistantship! I have been able to apply several theories and other aspects of the program to my everyday work and for that I am thankful!” - Alfred Garcia, Bloomington, CA, California State University, San Bernardino, University Housing (Residence Hall Director)

“My favorite aspect of my assistantship is the fact that I am a full time hall director for my building. There are not many opportunities to be a full time hall director at the same time you are completing a graduate degree. For those who are up to the challenge it is well worth it.” - Adam Gilbert, Cleveland Heights, OH, The Ohio State University, University Housing

“The fact that we are encouraged by both the CSPA department and our GA supervisors to pursue other areas of the field.” - Katie Keleher, Scales Mound, IL, Western Illinois University, Residence Life

“My favorite part of my assistantship and the CSPA program is one in the same: getting to know myself better and seeing myself (perhaps more aware now) develop and grow. I am gaining a better understanding of who I am through my professional work but also as a student and as a person. I continue to see myself develop as I realize new strengths and grow in the amount of knowledge I have because of the quantity of information that is out there about student affairs!” - Luis Garay, Des Plaines, IL, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, Diversity Office

“In my assistantship, I really enjoy meeting with students to encourage them to study abroad, and I enjoy working with the staff in the International Center. For the CSPA program I really enjoy that they give you the freedom and encouragement to create the resume you want to have when you graduate through professional development experiences and academic course work.” - Jordan Threadgill, Lawrenceburg, TN, University of Central Missouri, International Center

“I came into this job to work with students. That is exactly what I get to do. I get to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it daily with my interactions with students. My joy comes from watching students grow and develop!” - Heidi Orchard, WI, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Housing Office

“My favorite aspect of my assistantship is getting to learn about all the different student organizations through my coverage of their events. I especially love how much I've been able to learn about the Greek community through meeting with the different chapter officers and working together to write press releases and get social media coverage for their events.” - Kelsey Houston, Tipton, MO, University of Central Missouri, Housing & Greek Life Marketing

“My favorite aspect of my assistantship is the level of freedom I get to supervise my staff in the way I feel is best and most productive. It has allowed me to learn from my mistakes and create a really strong staff environment that fits with my individual staff members' personalities and their team dynamic.” - Lauren Slemenda, Indianapolis, IN, The Ohio State University, Office of University Housing

My favorite aspect of the assistantship is gaining administrative experience. My favorite aspect of CSPA is that the professors truly care about our success and us students as people.” - Fred Dillard, Conway, AK, Arkansas Tech University, University Housing

I would again state either the internship or the fact that my assistantship has been very beneficial to my growth and has allowed me to really make connections between the academics and the actual job.” - Chris Walters, Jefferson City, MO, Truman State University, Residence Life

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What are the benefits of being a part of the CSPA program?

“The dedicated, experienced professors who are willing to invest their time in helping you grow.” - Ashley McCullough, Council Grove, KS, Emporia State University, Alumni Development and Engagement and Office of Student Activities

“The best part of the CSPA program is the small class sizes and the ability to easily form relationships with the people within your cohort. Also the discussion based classes allow you to hear the opinions and philosophies of your peers, which sometimes makes you re-evaluate your opinion on certain topics.” - Jamila Anderson, Chicago, IL, Eastern Illinois University, Office of Student Activities

“The CSPA program at UCM is not just an academic program. The professors and students work to develop professionally and socially. In addition to academics, CSPA presents opportunities to develop students into more well-rounded individuals.” - Sasha Maslanka, Lee's Summit, MO, University of Central Missouri, Admissions

“Everything we learn is applicable to real life situations that we face with our students. The professors are great resources that use firsthand knowledge to prepare for careers in student affairs.” - Andrea Vertz, Kansas City, KS, Emporia State University, Student Activities

“The personal interactions with the CSPA faculty members have been amazing. Coming from a large public research institution with class sizes in the hundreds, having the close personal relationships with my instructors has given me the chance to broaden my knowledge, ask questions, and learn more about the opportunities available in the student affairs field.” – Dayona Nett, Kingman, KS, University of Kansas, University Housing

“The benefits of being part of the CSPA program are that you are meeting your future colleagues and developing those working relationships before entering the work force.” - Erin Morrison, Hannibal, MO, University of Central Missouri, Annual Giving Programs in Alumni Relations and Development

“The program is very specific to one profession, so everyone is very helpful in sharing experiences and ideas.” - Mike Morton, Warrensburg, MO, UCM, Alumni Relations and Development

 “Having professors with experience of what it means to work in student affairs is a great asset. Their knowledge and life stories greatly benefit the program.” - Brian Niemuth, Leeton, MO, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Office of Student Experience and Engagement

“An outstanding cohort to network with, great organizational aspects such as professional development, conference work, and a great support system in the UCM faculty.” - Adam Gilbert, Cleveland Heights, OH, The Ohio State University, University Housing

“Getting to know professors and other members: building connections.” - Katie Keleher, Scales Mound, IL, Western Illinois University, Residence Life

“A community of friends, learners and future colleagues. We are all committed to our work and can still come together to socialize and know each other as a department.” - Luis Garay, Des Plaines, IL, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, Diversity Office

“The CSPA program at UCM is a holistic learning focus on student affairs. You get to learn counseling techniques, the business/administrative side of higher ed, a healthy dosage of theory, and the avenues to put all of that into practice through an assistantship and/or an internship. Most student affairs/higher ed master's programs focus heavily on one of those four areas, but the CSPA program strikes a good balance between all four.” - Jordan Threadgill, Lawrenceburg, TN, University of Central Missouri, International Center

“The biggest benefit is having all your classes with your cohort. You get to share the struggles of grad school with your peers because they're experiencing it right along with you. The CSPA program also provides a lot of opportunities for professional growth, through connections to various assistantships all over campus to help funding travel to and registration for various professional student affairs conferences.” - Kelsey Houston, Tipton, MO, University of Central Missouri, Housing & Greek Life Marketing

“It is a well-rounded program that helps all aspects of the student affairs/college personnel field. I really appreciate the discussion and respect I receive from professors and others in the program.” - Heidi Orchard, WI, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Housing Office

“It is a well-known program around the country, and thus having the degree on your resume is a foot in the door at almost any place you might want a job. The professors really care about you and want you to succeed, and they do everything they can to make that happen. The classes are theory-to-practice based, so not only do you learn the material, but you learn how to use it in real-life scenarios. The model of the program is designed to give you latitude for your assistantship and the job search.” - Lauren Slemenda, Indianapolis, IN, The Ohio State University, Office of University Housing

“Being a part of this CSPA program, you gain access to so many opportunities such as conferences and networking.” - Fred Dillard, Conway, AK, Arkansas Tech University, University Housing

Good reputation and a lot of connections with schools around the nation, great professors, practical experience that is related to our academic learning.” - Chris Walters, Jefferson City, MO, Truman State University, Residence Life

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Comments & Advice:

“Choosing UCM was the best decision for me because the genuine people you meet during the interview process are the same once you join the program! Don't let the small town fool you; this campus has a lot to offer and will teach you things you never knew you didn't know.” - Ashley McCullough, Council Grove, KS, Emporia State University, Alumni Development and Engagement and Office of Student Activities

“CSPA at UCM is a growing program that allows students to make close friendships, in addition to being exposed to a diverse group of classmates and undergraduate population. It's the best of both worlds!” - Sasha Maslanka, Lee's Summit, MO, University of Central Missouri, Admissions

“Having a graduate assistantship is a great way to apply what I am in learning in CSPA courses to real life experiences.” - Erin Morrison, Hannibal, MO, University of Central Missouri, Annual Giving Programs in Alumni Relations and Development

“It is important to find a position you are interested in, and that you can learn a lot from. Not all assistantships are right for everyone.” - Mike Morton, Warrensburg, MO, UCM, Alumni Relations and Development

“I am confident the CSPA program coupled with my assistantship is giving me the knowledge and experience needed for a successful career in student affairs.” - Brian Niemuth, Leeton, MO, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Office of Student Experience and Engagement

“The CSPA program at UCM was a wonderful choice for me. I will have the resume and references I want by the time I graduate. I will have the experiences that I need to be well-rounded in a very competitive environment.” - Adam Gilbert, Cleveland Heights, OH, The Ohio State University, University Housing

“This program may be a difficult adjustment to people with limited extroverted tendencies, and this particular assistantship may be a difficult adjustment to people with limited housing experience. But it's also an amazing opportunity to grow and learn about the world of student affairs!” - Kelsey Houston, Tipton, MO, University of Central Missouri, Housing & Greek Life Marketing

“It was the best choice for me and I cannot wait to see how the skills and experiences I gained here will help me in the future as a professional!” - Heidi Orchard, WI, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Housing Office

I would HIGHLY encourage any incoming graduate students to join the College Student Personnel Association. This is a great organization to be a part of and has plenty of opportunity to get involved.” – Fred Dillard, Conway, AK, Arkansas Tech University, University Housing

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