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A Balancing Act by Deanna Calder

We have all heard about work life balance. It is an idealistic balance of all of the roles, relationships, and responsibilities we have in our lives. As you begin to navigate your graduate program, I have no doubt that someone will tell you the best way to balance your apprenticeship, family, friends, and more. You…

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Rejoicing in the Chaos by Megan Foo

I’m a planner-and-checklist kind of person. I love filling in my planner at the beginning of the semester and giving structure to the chaos that accompanies the HESA program and an apprenticeship as a Graduate Residence Hall Director: class assignments, readings, meetings with students, trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, getting enough sleep, and other…

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Interview Placement 2017: Tips and tricks from current students

Interview Placement is about 3 weeks away, and we are so excited to meet everyone who is coming to campus! Interview Placement is just as much a time for you to get a feel for what life at Baylor could look like, as it is a time for you to interview for apprenticeships. As those…

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Jumping Ship: Connecting your seemingly unrelated undergrad degree with your HESA pursuits by Nick Blair

A year ago, if you asked me what I would be doing right now, it would not be graduate school for higher education and student affairs (HESA). In May of this year, I graduated with a degree in computer engineering. For anyone reading this blog, potential HESA candidates or not, I hope to share a…

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Waco Feels Like Home 

It might sound cheesy, but the people in Waco truly are the best people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. People take care of each other here. The idea of loving your neighbor is present in local partnerships, start-ups and non-profits. Just as Baylor has grown, Waco has become an increasingly vibrant city. Now, more than ever, this…

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Over-committed and Under-caffeinated; A First Year HESA Perspective by Carly Zerr

So far this week you have read chapters from 5 different textbooks, wrote 30 pages describing theory, planned an event for 300 of your closest students, answered 37 emails, counseled 4 transitioning first-years, and have had 3 cups of coffee. Did I mention it is only Tuesday? Welcome to Grad School. At times it is…

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For Those of You Who Hate Change as Much as I Do… 

For as long as I can remember, change is not something I have ever enjoyed. Whether it was my parents moving furniture around in the living room or having my whole class schedule switched around three weeks into a new year of high school. I am one of those people who just enjoys things the…

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Baylor U, Round Two by Nate Hutcherson

No more than a week ago the Baylor campus was a flurry of activity as Baylor Bears, young and old, returned for homecoming. The Baylor family gathered to experience a raging bonfire on Fountain Mall, a day full of tailgating and football at McLane Stadium, and the showcase of talent at Pigskin Revue. Homecoming was…

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1,500 Miles from Home by Megan Foo

Three months ago, I packed up all of my things and made the 1,500-mile drive from coastal Southern California to Waco to begin Baylor’s HESA program. When I began my grad school search about a year ago, many of the people at my undergraduate institution encouraged me to explore options outside of California as a way of…

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Cohort Dynamics and Merits, Six Weeks In by Toni Nogalski

In the grand scheme of things, six weeks is not a long time. On the one hand, 42 days is longer than our shortest-sitting President served in the White House (William Henry Harrison; 32 days), but on the other, it took all of nine weeks for the Pilgrims to cross the Atlantic (66 days to reach…

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