Program: EdM, Higher Education Administration
Undergrad school and major: BS, Microbiology, University of Maine
Hometown: Woodland, ME
Favorite aspect of SED: The world-class faculty
Favorite place to hang out in Boston (other than BU of course!): The TD Garden!
Favorite food: Bacon pizza
If you could be an animal, what you choose?: Shark
Favorite movie quote: “Never tell me the odds”—Han Solo, Star Wars
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Be able to fly
My name is Seth and I’m an EdM student studying Higher Education Administration at Boston University School of Education. I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you all know what I’ve been up to these first couple months of school. I’ve learned and experienced so much and I just started!
Currently I am taking four classes as well as participating in an internship with the SED Graduate Admissions Office. As a Higher Education Administration Master’s student, the internship has been a great experience for me.
I work at SED three days a week and have been given a lot of responsibility by our Director of Enrollment, Dana Fernandez. The work seemed daunting at first but everyone here in SED has been so helpful in allowing me to get acclimated to this new position. Now I’m really starting to get the hang of things; I’m actually starting to feel like an admissions officer now!
I’ve always loved getting to meet new people and, in this position, I get to meet someone new every day. I’m always interacting with prospective graduate students, faculty, and the administration. It’s never a dull day in the SED Graduate Admissions Office. Today was entertaining because I got to design a tour of SED for prospective graduate students; it was a great refresher for me.
My classes have also been a great experience. The one that sticks out the most is my Higher Education Law course with our very own Dean of Students, Kenneth Elmore. We get into some pretty heated debates in that class and it’s really opened my eyes to how much law an educational administrator encounters every day.
I was a little scared at first when I entered this program because I did not think I had a “traditional” education background. I earned my undergraduate degree in Microbiology and worked for three years as a lab technician. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that everyone in SED has a unique story to tell. Whether you are from Northern Maine like me, or from Southeast Asia, or anywhere in between, the School of Education at Boston University will prepare you to be the best educator you are capable of.
I can’t wait to find out what November has in store for me!
Seth D. Robertson
It has been quite a November! Midterm season is upon us and classes are really starting to crank into high gear. It is still a great experience though and I am enjoying every second of it.
I just had my midterm in my Higher Education Law course and it was definitely a unique experience. It was an oral presentation but not like any other I’ve done in the past. Our professor called us and pretended to be an upset parent; we were charged with calming them down and using our newfound higher education legal knowledge to address the situation. It was a great experience and one that really showed me what I might expect in my career in Higher Education. I’ll keep you posted on any other unique assignments.
Work in the Graduate Admissions Office has been getting very busy as well. It is that time of year when many prospective students (probably many of you!) have been contacting us with questions concerning our admissions process. Let me take this as an opportunity to say we appreciate every one of your calls and e-mails. Please feel free to contact us if you have any question at all concerning our programs or admissions procedures.
This month has been very busy but luckily I was able to find time to see some of the events that Boston University makes available to its students. I recently just got to hear a talk given by one of BU’s own former professor, Howard Zinn. It was great to hear from someone of his caliber at my school! I encourage you all to get a copy of his book, A People’s History of the United States.
Every day I am more and more convinced that I made the right choice to attend BU; I can’t wait to see how my semester wraps up. See you all in December!
So I am finished with my first semester at BU! It is a very exciting feeling especially since I only have one more semester left. I must say the intense two-semester program in Policy, Planning & Administration is one of the reasons I chose SED. I’ll be graduating in May after 9 months of study.
I was very happy with my grades this semester as well as the work I accomplished in the Graduate Admissions Office. I just recently updated my résumé and was quite surprised to see how much I added simply from my time here at BU. This program and community has provided me with numerous opportunities to become involved in my field.
I’ve gained a great number of new friends and career contacts through this semester. I am confident I will be well-prepared for my career in Higher Education administration upon graduating from Boston University. I encourage anyone considering a career in Higher Education to look at Boston University School of Education to pursue their graduate studies.
Right now, I am back home in Northern Maine and am getting very excited to come back to Boston to finish up my last semester at Boston University.
See you all in the New Year!
I hope everybody had a great Winter Break! It looks like this semester is going to be very interesting. I’m currently taking an Issues in Higher Education course and I am amazed at how many numbers are involved in Higher Education Administration. The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac is full of statistics on who goes to college and what they study! Something I have to keep in mind, though, is what students these numbers represent and how they fit into the overall framework of American Higher Education.
I am excited for this semester because I have recently got involved with two of higher education’s professional organizations—NASPA and ACPA. I am actually attending ACPA’s annual conference which conveniently is located in Boston this year! If all goes well, I will have some good job prospects when it’s all said and done.
Things are really getting busy in the Graduate Admissions Office but not overwhelming. Our Director of Enrollment has set up a very fluid method for handling all of these applications we are receiving. This internship has been a great opportunity for me to develop my organizational skills. Sometimes I am amazed that we are processing these things in an organized and effective manner given the volume. Organization is definitely a great skill to have if you are considering a career in college admissions.
I also just realized that I am graduating in May! I cannot believe it. SED has proven to work very well with my career plans and being able to finish the program full time in an academic year has been extremely helpful. My classes up until now have given me the framework I need to jump-start a career in higher education.
I hope everyone has a great New Year and I will see you all in February!
It is February and time for another journal entry. Classes have been going very well for me this semester. One of my favorites happens to be taught by BU’s Assistant Director of Residence Life, Daryl Healea. He teaches a course on Student Affairs.
In this class, we have guest speakers almost every week from local colleges and universities to discuss the day-to-day activities and overall missions of their Student Affairs departments. It is a great way to build my career network as well as learn about all the options present in Higher Education Administration. This is a prime example of how the School of Education combines both theory and practice.
In the Graduate Admissions Office, I am well in the midst of planning for SED’s Admitted Graduate Student event that is in April. I am learning by doing that there are many components that all need to coordinate to produce a successful event. Things as simple as providing microphones for speakers cannot be overlooked. Planning this event has given me an appreciation and skill set for university event planning which will help prepare me for my career.
In a few weeks, I will be attending the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) annual conference right here in Boston! I hope to attend many workshops and take part in the conference’s career placement sessions. Participants give these sessions rave reviews. They will serve as an opportunity for me to get my name out there. This is just another great example of how attending school in a city like Boston provides me with opportunities I may not have anywhere else.
I will be sure to give everyone an update on the conference in my next journal entry. Talk to you all then!