While working in higher education, Katie realized that she loved the profession and that in order for her to reach her career goals it was necessary to get a master’s degree. She felt the MSE-PS HELEAD program at UW-Whitewater was the best fit for her. Because of the flexible program design, Katie was able to continue working full-time while taking the classes in the evenings.
Katie loved having the opportunity to be taught by practitioners in the field. Reflecting on her experience, she stated that the instructors supported, challenged and encouraged her, and allowed for valuable class discussions. Katie also highlighted the importance of learning from and with her peers in the classroom.
When asked what advice she would like to give current students, Katie emphasized that some of the best things to do are “ask questions, stay engaged in class, and get to know your instructors.” She also stated to take advantage of any chance you have to network. “You never know when the person you’re talking to can get you connected to an opportunity.”
Katie is now the Enrollment Development Coordinator at Blackhawk Technical College; she oversees recruitment and helps with student services. “The work I did in my master’s program required me to think outside of the box to come up with creative solutions, which is something I need to regularly do in my role.”