In May of 2013, I graduated with my master’s degree in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) Program at Texas A&M.
I spent my first year of grad school as a graduate assistant in the Office of New Student and Family Programs at Texas A&M University.
My last year of grad school, I worked as a graduate assistant in the Byrne Success Center in the College of Education at Texas A&M University. In the fall of 2012, I did an additional 10-hour-per-week internship with A&M’s Student Government Association, helping with social media and marketing.
In May of 2013, I started my first professional job as an academic advisor in Texas State University’s PACE (Personalized Academic and Career Exploration) Center. In June of 2015 I was promoted to an academic advising job in the McCoy College of Business Advising Center.
Student affairs (also known as student life or student affairs practitioners) staff provide services and support for students at institutions of higher education to enhance student growth and development in the United States and abroad.
Student affairs professionals work in a variety of university areas that can include any of the following and more:
Assessment and Research
Community Service/Service Learning
Dining and Food Services
Disability Support Services
International Student Services
Recreation and Fitness