Honestly, the graduate application has really taught me a lot about Higher Education and Student Affairs. First off, I learned that there are a lot of really talented people interested in helping students in a college population…like a lot!
Last year, I was blessed enough to be able to go the Mid-Atlantic College and University Housing Officers annual conference in Hershey, PA as a member of the Class of 2016 Lisa A. Pierce V.I.P.! What I learned from that amazing 3 day experience was that everyone has their own spark and fuel for doing what they are doing. Some do it because they did not receive that support, some do it because they did, and some people do it because someone took a risk on them and gave them everything they could have ever needed to excel in college!
Professionals, graduate students, and undergraduates alike interested in Higher Education all strive to be better people, practitioners, and contributors to their field. Why else would they be so invested in a population of students that in some ways does not even recognize the intentionality they are putting into their jobs?
If you had asked me four years ago if I was thinking of going into a career in Higher Education and Student Affairs, I would have responded with a crazed look and an answer just as baffled. Now, I know this is where I am meant to be. Writing personal statements where my thoughts are a tangible object on paper not only assist in me visualizing my goals, but it reaffirms that everything I am doing now will help me become a more adaptive graduate student and aspiring professional.
At the end of the day, making a choice for your future should be driven by you and your experiences. Make the best choice for you. Do it for you!