Higher Education & Student Affairs

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Making a Home by Daniel Adams

My name is Daniel Adams, I am a master’s student in Baylor’s Higher Education & Student Affairs program. I graduated from Baylor with my undergraduate degree in 2017 and jumped right into this program which means I’ve been in Waco since 2013. I’ve been reflecting on what it means to have a home recently and…

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What It’s Like to Work Late Nights by Alex Jantz

Getting into Baylor’s HESA program was one of the most exciting things to ever happen for me. I was going to get to go to my dream school for two more years and on top of that I landed my first-choice apprenticeship which meant that I would get to co-advise a student organization on campus…

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Multicultural Affairs: A Place for Everyone by Megan Glover and Rachel Ticknor

Both Rachel and Megan can recall when they excitedly told their friends and family that they had been accepted into the Baylor HESA program and had been placed with Multicultural Affairs for their apprenticeships. More often than not, those friends and family members responded with “Why?” or “But you’re not multicultural.” At the time, comments…

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How Grad School is Like Advent by Lauren Christian

Advent is upon us with Christmas soon to follow, and as I fa-la-la-la-fall into finals, I grow ever more contemplative about the closing of another calendar year and the closing of my time in grad school. In all this contemplation, I’ve realized that Grad School is a lot like Advent—you know, if you tilt your…

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Remembering to Give Thanks by Natalie McIntyre

As Thanksgiving approaches as well as a much-needed break before the whirlwind of finals begins, I’m once again reminded to reflect, regain a bit of perspective, and be thankful. My first semester of grad school has proved to be everything everyone said it would be and much more. My courses have been way more fascinating…

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Same Place, New Adventures by Natalia Rubio

When I graduated from high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.  All I knew was that I wanted to work with people and that I was going to attend Baylor University.  I chose my major almost randomly and somehow managed to not change it my entire time as…

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When Where You End Up is Not Where You Expected to Be by Allison Carruthers

I can trace my interest in student affairs back to a certain high school Spanish teacher named Ms. Lebel. Now, granted, from what I understand most people who end up in student affairs aren’t even aware of the field’s existence until they’re already surrounded by it, i.e. sometime in their undergraduate years. My story is…

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What is a Residential College? by Nick Blair

Asking someone what a residential college is will get a variety of responses, debates, and discussions similar to asking your friends “is a hot dog a sandwich, why or why not?”. That is to say, there are many ways to describe residential colleges. Today, I will attempt to provide a fair representation of the concept…

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Student Affairs, Self-Care, and Success by Toni Nogalski

At its worst, self-care is like avocado toast: a concept vaguely associated with Millennials whose merits are best left to be debated in the blogosphere.   At its best, the term proliferates professional circles as a reminder that workers are not automatons, but people, with needs that can be obscured by the mounting, daily stressors of life.  Self-care is often talked about, yet infrequently “achieved” in part because the term is amorphous, highly individualized, and…

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Finding Value when You’re Totally Overwhelmed by Daniel Adams

Greetings! My name is Daniel Adams, and I am the Graduate Program Coordinator of the Fine Arts Living-Learning Center at Baylor University while I get my master’s in Higher Education Student Affairs. I actually just completed my first round of midterms. You learn a lot of things when you feel overwhelmed. Let me emphasize the…

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