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Trajectory Paper


            The passion for Higher Education
began during my years as an undergraduate student who worked part-time in the
Office of Admissions.  As I answered the
phone for a many of students and parents, I realized that the information that
they always needed, they never had.  My
degree from the 4-year institution that is now my employer is a Bachelor of
Arts in Mass Communications.  While I may
not be using all of the skills learned while obtaining my degree I am still
able to create my own visions for media within my position.  There is no certain degree program that
prepares you for Higher Education, but I think that is what makes it special
when you put together staff members on a team because everyone can have so many
ideas, views, and plans that can work with each otherG1 .  Most
importantly, it’s the rewarding feeling of knowing that you are allowing dreams
to happenG2 .  Some children think they don’t have a chance
at college.  But, in the blink of an eye,
you can make a fairytale become a realityG3 . G4 


            My direct supervisor while in college, who was the
Assistant Director for Recruitment at the time, was very impressed with my
will-to-learn during my first year in the office.  We used to sit and often have talked about his Admissions
career got started and he movedG5  into Higher Education and that is
somewhat the spark of it all.  He also
encouraged us to always learn as much as you can because you never know when
you’ll need to use I used to wake up excited to go to work all the time and was
elated when a class was canceled so that I could go in.  I began to learn the full application process
within our Admissions Office.  I was then
granted access to explain student decisions and even sent on some recruitment
events with and without a recruiter because I was so knowledgeable of all the
information.  As I began to do it more
and more, I even surrounded my Senior Project around the admissions’ process
and that was when it triggered that it may be a good fit for me.  I was granted the opportunity to work over the
course of my junior and senior year and was then offered a temporary position
directly after graduation.  G6 



            My current short-term goals involve graduating from
Georgia Southern University with my M. Ed.  in Higher Education Administration.  I plan to use my degree and current experience
to move up in the Admissions Office at a possible new university.  I am currently undecided on the location as I
enjoy the scenery in all of the cities that I visit on my current recruiting trips.
 I have increased participation in educating
myself on other roles within my office to include: Document Control and
Admissions Processing.

            I also plan to attend more
Professional Development conferences pertaining to the roles and assigned
duties that deal with my position and the overall Student Affairs profession.  I believe that Professional Development is
necessary for all staff members in the Student Affairs area, as it is
ever-changing and you have to stay abreast of the current and incoming student


            Moving into Higher Education as an upper administrator
would come after about 10 years in roles that showcase that I have the ability
to pursue a larger role.  After
Admissions, I plan to venture into the Student Activities and Student Life area.
 It always is important to keep young and
fresh adults in this area because your students are gatekeepers and you have to
know their wants and needs and what the latest trends are to ensure them a
college experience of a lifetime.

            Eventually, I plan to become faculty
in an area of Freshman Experience and Speech.  I think it is important for students to
understand that college is not a playground and there are not multiple chances
if you fall and get back up again.  Also,
learning that the slang they speak on the streets and say at parties will not
get them the job they are preparing for and that speaking appropriately is
essential to a collegiate career.

Job Qualifications for Future

            Student activities coordinators are
responsible for planning, budgeting and organizing many aspects of student
activities and programs.  Student activities
coordinator requirements vary.  Some
community colleges require an associate degree or demonstrated experience in
event and budget planning.  However, most
university jobs require a bachelor’s or master’s degree in student personnel,
student affairs, counseling or another related major.  Necessary skills
for these jobs usually include event planning, public relations, budgeting, and

            An Assistant/Associate Director of
Admissions is typically responsible for oversite of the recruitment/territory
management, aids Director in all aspects of departmental operations and/or sustains
responsibility for the functional unit(s) within the department.   Most Assistant/Associate Director positions
require a master’s degree with a minimum of four years (4) experience in a
relatable field or a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years (5)
experience.  Required job qualifications also consist of
experience in expanding visions, experience managing personnel, excellent
interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, strong organizational
and administrative skills, experience in managing multiple tasks with competing
deadlines, and the ability to work self-sufficiently with minimal guidance.  (HigherEdJobs, 2017)


Current Performance


            As a team player, I definitely go
above and beyond so that there is no room for talk about my department.  The Office of Admissions currently has a staff
of fifteen, with two of those fifteen being supervisory positions.  We currently have an application pool with
well over 8,000 applications, and with there being four processors that can be
overwhelming during the process of evaluating final high school transcripts
before freshman students are registered for classes.  I have learned to assist and evaluate
transcripts, which makes me marketable as I transition into another position.  I am dependable, as I recently have been named
Assistant Tuition Classification Officer in regard to helping students with
residency and petitioning for in-state tuition.  I also have strategic planning, report building, and the use of data-driven
decision making for planning and strategy development skills within my role.


            Often times, you may find yourself
weary because others don’t do their part.  I sometimes catch myself overworking myself
into stress and not realizing it.  Also,
I time crunch.  I always get the job
done, but I don’t always allow the appropriate amount of time to do the work
and go check back over it.  With the
Student Life and Activities area, I would need more budgeting experience as
they deal with budgets over 100,000.  I
have spent roles in undergrad as a treasurer, but there are a lot more
processes when dealing with larger budgets.

Professional Development

            As mentioned earlier, I am very understanding that
roles in Higher Education call for Professional Development on a consistent
basis.  I have been a part of the Georgia
Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (GACRAO) for two
years.  I have attended Pre-Conference
Workshops about Tuition Classification to learn updates about waivers, waiver
documentation, and system coding.  I
chose to attend sessions about effective communication plans, getting the right
students to your college campus, and increasing yield after acceptance just to
name a few.  There are also opportunities
on our campus designed for faculty/staff where presenters are brought in to
help establish goals and career paths for everyone.

Professional Organizations

            Within the next two years, I plan to
actively participate in Collegiate Information and Visitor Services
Association (CIVSA), National Association of Student Affairs Professional
(NASAP), and the National Association for Campus Activities(NACA).  The
NASAP Annual Conference provides a
forum for professional growth and development for all who are involved in work
with students in the student affairs profession.  The conference is open to professionals in
higher education in general and to the nation’s business industry.  

            National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) is the recognized leader in higher education providing knowledge,
ideas, and resources for campus life.  They will be the recognized leader in higher
education for providing the knowledge, ideas, and resources to promote student
learning through engagement in campus life.

            CIVSA’s mission is to provide knowledge exchange, research, and connections
in an inviting arena that builds professional and personal relationships.  Dealing with New Student Orientation and Week
of Welcome, this would be a great opportunity to see how other universities
structures their days and see how beneficial some things maybe during the

Professional Literature

            Inside Higher Ed is
the online source for news, opinion, and jobs for all of higher educationG7 .  It will provide me with breaking news,
provocative daily commentary, practical career columns, and a powerful suite of
tools to help retrieve a new position.  The website is catered to graduate students to
top-tier administration and G8 best of all it’s free.  The Chronicle of Higher Education will also
serve as a great literature source to stay abreast of Higher Education news.  They are the number one source of news, information, and jobs for college and
university faculty members and administrators.  Online, The
Chronicle is
published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs
for people in academe.  The Chronicle’s website features the complete contents of
the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job
listings; an archive of previously published content; vibrant discussion
forums; and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary
databases, and more.  (The Chronicle

Issues for Higher Education is
a book resource that addresses a range of student wellness issues confronting
professionals in college and university settings.  The book is structured around five components
of Wellness?Emotional, Social, Intellectual, Physical, and Spiritual.  This book thoroughly covers key subjects that
add to student’s achievement in school.  Each topical section incorporates proactive
wellbeing exhortation and is intended to set up the student to better
comprehend the actualities, issues, and techniques fitting for tending to the

Mentoring and Networking

            A mentorship is a major tool for success in the Higher
Education profession.  Every day is not a
good day.  You have to be able to push
through the ever-changing personalities and adapt to change as you move through
your career.  If you are interested in
exploring a new career path in Higher Education, then finding a mentor with
that current job may be of use to you.  It is often easier to build connections for possible
jobs through mentorship.  My current
Higher Education Administrative mentor is my Director of Admissions.  I often have conversations with my director on
the things that I have learned while being on the road as a recruiter and the
meaning of being professional in an entry-level position.  Being that we started out on the same path
getting into Higher Education, it is very easy for us to relate with one
another and for him to help with goals that I plan to achieve.  He is very encouraging and has a unique way of
supervising his staff.  He makes you feel
like family and is always supportive of growth and development.

            Networking is what I believe makes
your job easier.  When you meet others in
the same field and/or position, you are able to express your thoughts, share
ideas, share data, and exchange contact information for further needs and
assistance.  Most Professional
Development conferences offer some type of social media mixer or networking
night to meet vendors and other attendees.


            Collaborations are important for building your resume, job
skills and simply offering a helping hand.  I have previously volunteered with SSU
Athletics, Department of Student Life, and Academic Affairs on multiple
occasions.  My experience with SSU Athletics
has been nothing but pleasurable as I have networked with many of their
sponsors and assisted with Game Operations.  It started as a student when I joined the
Sports Management Club, but I continued as a staff member because it is a great
opportunity and opens more doors and interests for some Administrative Athletic
positions.  I have volunteered with the
Department of Student Life during Homecoming Week, CAB Bash, Spring Fling, and
smaller events when needed.  Student Life
is what I particularly pay close attention to because I want to pursue that
area of Student Affairs after my goals of Admissions are complete.  The amount of work that goes in goes unnoticed
and I definitely give a hat off to everyone in that department because of the
amount of time and energy put in to ensure the students have a great time while
getting their education.  I have
volunteered with Academic Affairs with some of the Academic Advisement
Registration days and Midnight Breakfast.  Academic Affairs is obviously the core of the
university and should be the most focused division at all institutions.  They are the heartbeat as they are providing
the important resource of education to the students.  The ability to give students an academic
experience of a lifetime while letting them have fun makes everything
worthwhile.  I could possibly explore
career options in Academic Affairs, but that would be much later down the line
if so.





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