Dallas DoaneM.A. Educational Administration, Student Affairs Administration specialization
My favorite part about my time at UNL was getting to apply the degree I was pursing as a graduate assistant in the CEHS Advising Center. The staff there are top notch and I learned so much! I also had a transformative experience interning with the First Husker Program in the First-Year Experience and Transitions Programs office. That program helps first generation college students transition to college and find a place of belonging. As a first gen college student, I wish I had a program like that!
I am currently working in higher education as the Honors Program Coordinator at the University of South Dakota. My graduate assistantship in CEHS gave me lots of skills in helping students, and the ability to apply what I was learning in my student affairs classes at the time.
The faculty in the Department of Educational Administration really opened my eyes to the issues of privilege, oppression, and equity in education. Each day I approach my work with students through a lens of social justice that I don't think I would have gotten from other programs or faculty. I plan to pursue a doctorate in education in fall 2019 to continue growing my own knowledge of social justice and the influence it has in higher education.
My piece of advice would be for students who are the first in their family to go to college. There may be times where you feel like you don't belong, where you don't know where to turn to, or how to navigate college - but there are tons of resources for you at UNL. Stop by the FYE office or your academic advisor! They'll help you make sense of everything.