Hey fellow bloggers. My name is Brian Wasserman (please, call me Waz). I have been accepted into the Class of 2013. Also, I will be working as a graduate assistant for the Collegium program next year. I can’t wait to meet everyone in the next few months.
I choose to enter the Student Affairs profession after much reflection. I graduated from the University of Scranton in 2008 with degrees in Biology and Philosophy. While I entered undergraduate as a gung-ho pre-medical student, I discovered that a life in medicine would not make me happy. However, my desire to interact with people remained strong. I decided to seek my Paramedic certification after graduation. After a failed attempt to relocate to Arizona (the pay rate for paramedics is unacceptable for me), I spent a year reflecting on where I belonged. My reflection led me to the student development administration page on Seattle U’s website. Yet again, I am amazed by the serendipitous nature of life.
While I am highly excited to begin the program and assistantship, I wonder how I will acclimatize to the graduate life. Will I be able to find the time to run semi-daily? How will I find the elusive balance between work-life and social life while still alloting some time for myself? Which classes do I want to take? Where will I live? What extra-cirriculars do I wish to pursue? Will I be able to maintain my friendships back at home? How will I budget my money and my time? And most importantly, what will define me as a person and professional in this new and unfamiliar environment?
I liken my excitement and apprehension to the experience of the undergraduate. In the coming months, I will leave all that is familiar to me, my family, friends and surroundings, for the new terrain of Seattle and SU. I am sure that finding my way will be difficult at first. But, the multitude of possibilities seems exciting. I will meet many people, with some of whom I hope to develop strong friendships and working relationships. I will learn new and interesting things in class, my assistantship and other adventures. I will explore a world-class city. The possibilities seem endless!
I would be interested to hear the challenges faced by current graduate students when they were in my position and how they met them!