Hi, if you’re getting a master’s in higher education and student affairs, we should be friends.



I’ll be applying to grad school this fall. SO. EXCITED. CAN’T. STAND. IT.

Yep, I’m getting my master’s in HESA, or as we call it at my school, College Student Personnel.

I’M HELLA EXCITED TO APPLY TO GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION/ STUDENT AFFAIRS. :] I’m really weird but I look forward to writing a thesis and doing my own research once I’m in grad school!! 

My friend gave this advice a while ago, know what specific field in student affairs you want to concentrate in. I’ve always known that I wanted to work in a multicultural center but it dawned on me that I should think of at least three  field in student affairs that I want to specialize in.  But with reflecting and visiting my Alma Matter, I realized that aside form working in a multicultural center, I would love to work in a department or center that deals with high school/potential student outreach and retention of the student body- of course I’d love it even more if it specifically dealt with historically underrepresented communities in higher education.  Then with my friends running for offices and with my experience having been somewhat part of ASUCI, I’d really love the chance to work in student government. I’d love to somewhat see it in a different perspective that beyond petty politics, the students who run and win these offices makes a difference for the student body.

I like to think about the future and with my interest in higher education and my fascination with research regarding this particular academic discipline, it’s making me think about putting Higher Education as my topic pick for a PhD program when I apply 5 years after getting my MA/M.Ed in Higher Ed/ Student Affairs. 



Special Contribution by Beth D. Solomon, 2nd Year Master’s Student, Salem State University

Thinking back to my undergraduate days at Union College, I clearly remember the day I decided that I was going to go into student affairs. From that point on, everything was planned out, and I mean…



Radical Student Affairs Practitioners … Do they exist? Does our profession allow them to exist? Do we nurture them or isolate them? Are they leading our associations or quietly leading from the periphery? Does Student Affairs deconstruct the status quo or do we sustain it?  

I personally think, the institution we work in gives the ability or hinders SA professionals to be radical. Like the article mentioned, not having tenure is a disadvantaged in the sense that we can’t really criticize our own institution outside the dominant criticisms. I’ve personally talked to professionals who have to say their opinion off the record. But for me, my goals is to truly adhere to my social justice core values when practicing in the field of SA.



A story of two brothers, both alums of UC Irvine and currently working in their alma mater-one in student affairs the other in academia. 

Dr. Talesh is an amazing person, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with him since he is the Dean of Students at UCI as well as an instructor for a course that I took. Hopefully one day I can return to UCI as a Student Affairs professional. 


Large Group - NUFP Student affairs is a dynamic, exciting, and enriching work environment; it allows you to make differences in the lives of college students. Some qualities that are useful in student affairs work include creativity, motivation, leadership, and the abilities to work well both individually and in groups. Also, being able to multi-task, to organize and coordinate work efficiently, and to be an effective communicator is key. Many current student affairs administrators honed these skills during undergraduate years through classes and extracurricular activities.Individuals in student affairs work in a variety of settings on colleges and universities, from financial aid, orientation, and residence life to athletics, international services, and student activities. They provide services and develop programs that affect all aspects of students’ lives inside and outside of the classroom. Some of the things student affairs professionals do in their day-to-day jobs include: enhancing student learning, helping guide academic and career decisions, mentoring students, and developing leadership skills.Teacher helping student

You will also need some special skills – in advising/counseling, human development, administration, and management, for example – to enter the student affairs profession. Training in these skills will be a part of your graduate study.


What I love about Student Affairs?


I love the social justice aspect of the field and the various graduate programs. It really discuss contemporary  issues in higher education. It’s really an interesting field because the face of student affairs is different not in every state but in every campus. Although professionals learn about the same fundamentals, it is applied differently because each campus has its own culture.