Careers in Student Affairs

Do you love college life so much that you wish you never had to leave?  Of course, some of you will go on to inspire minds in the classroom.  For those of you who don’t feel called in that direction, consider work in student affairs.  Student affairs professionals work to create positive experiences for students on the college campus, both in class and outside of it.  You probably have not considered such careers before, because they are unique to the college and university setting.

October is Careers in Student Affairs Month.  Last year, some of your devoted Baylor administrators and staff took time to blog about their own paths into student affairs careers.  Take a few minutes to read and notice if any of their undergraduate experiences seem to parallel your own.

Click here to read the blog.  You will select an entry from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the screen, where it reads, “Please select…”

Happy reading!

Professional Writing Major

Students who love to write often seek career counseling, as they explore how to turn their communication skills into a solid job.  If you have wondered this, consider professional writing.  This is taken directly from the website of the Department of English at Baylor:

“The Professional Writing Program at Baylor University is designed to fill a workplace need for people who know how to communicate ideas clearly. Professional writers are in demand to connect information and products with those who need them. Students who finish the program work in a variety of government and industry jobs. They may work as writers or editors on a variety of documents-press releases, brochures, manuals, newsletters, marketing literature, proposals, reports, and WWW documents. Graduates of Baylor’s Professional Writing Program are employed by firms such as Southwest Airlines, Taylor Publishing Company, Steward and Stevenson, Exxon-Mobil, and The Young-Roehr Group (marketing communications).”

Professional Writing students have opportunities to take courses such as:

  • Writing for the Workplace
  • Screenplay and Scriptwriting
  • Writing for the Popular Market
  • Advanced Argumentative and Persuasive Writing

Students in the program also complete a required internship, where they put their writing skills into practice in a business or professional setting.  For more information on this major, visit the website for the Department of English.

Coming Soon: Arts and Sciences Majors Fair

 Mark your calendars, everyone!  Faculty representatives from majors in the College of Arts and Sciences will be available to discuss opportunities related to their respective majors.  See the announcement below for more details.

The event will be held in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center on Wednesday, October 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Plan to attend and bring a friend.  In true Baylor tradition, free Dr Pepper floats will be served!

Baylor in New York

Students who dream of the bright lights of New York City might be excited to learn more about the Baylor in New York program.  It offers students the chance to live, work, and study in the Big Apple for a full semester.  The program provides coursework and an internship experience related to the field of communication.  However, the program is open to all majors.

Allyson Riley, a Baylor alumna and previous participant in the Baylor in New York program, served as an intern at the Rachael Ray Show.  When asked about her responsibilities at her internship, she said the tasks varied daily, but included the following:

-Helping with set-up and tear down of the set

-Acting as stand-in’s during rehearsals

-Running the craft services table for crew and guests

-Setting up and tearing down dressing rooms for show guests

-Running errands for production teams

-Working with the guests between when they arrive at the studio and when they appeared on the show

-Going on field shoots with field production

-Running errands for other departments such as wardrobe, art, kitchen, or post production (or personally for Rachael too)

-Coffee runs for Rachael

-Daily runs to CBS to drop of the show tapes

-Almost daily runs to Kingworld to pick up and drop of things

-Helped with preparation for show segments with the production teams

-Secretarial duties for the executive producers

Ms Riley spoke very fondly of her experience in New York:

My New York experience was better than I could’ve imagined! We got to live in a completely new and different place from Texas and were forced to step outside our comfort zones which really made the whole experience. It was a great chance to explore New York and learn the whole city, not just the tourist spots you would hit on a typical vacation. We got to learn first hand how the world works up in New York! It’s very energetic and exciting so there is always something fun going on. There were 18 students from Baylor all living on the same hall of the dorm together. We all meshed really well and formed immediate friendships with each other that are still some of the closest friendships in my life. I was surprised at how comfortable I got with navigating the city.  It all came very easily to us and we adapted to the differences of New York vs. Texas very quickly. I completely fell in love with the city!”

Is your interest piqued?  Click here to learn more about Baylor in New York.

Public Health

The above poster was utilized during World War II to education British citizens on healthy eating during times of food rationing, according to  This idea of educating the public on health issues leads me to today’s topic.  What is the field of public health exactly?  Well, recently I gathered my convictions and typed “What is Public Health?” into my Google search bar.  Guess what?  There is an actual website called and it is really neat!  You can watch an interactive presentation all about public health right on the homepage.  Click on the link and watch for yourself.  Here are a few details about the definition of Public Health from the website:

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community.

Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country.

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occurring throughimplementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, regulating health systems and some health professions, and conducting research, in contrast to clinical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is also a field that is concerned with limiting health disparities and a large part of public health is the fight for health care equity, quality, and accessibility.

The field of public health is highly varied and encompasses many academic disciplines. However, public health is mainly composed of the following core areas:

If this field sounds interesting to you, might want to explore Baylor’s Community Health major.  This link will take you to the department’s homepage and this link will take you to the Meet the Majors podcast with Dr. Beth Lanning, Director of the program.  Also, many graduate programs focus on public health issues, too.  You can explore more about the profession at, which is the website for the American Public Health Assocation, a public health professional organization.  This website can keep you up to date on the latest trends and focus areas for the profession.
“Public Health regards the community as its patient”.  This quote from the video on  is my takeaway for the day.  I hope this information was helpful and perhaps clarified a bit what is involved in this fascinating health-related field.  Please let us know if you have further questions or would like more information.  Thanks for stopping by!

MCAT Review

Are you planning to take the MCAT to pursue your goal of attending medical school?  AED, a national health pre-professional honor society,  is sponsoring a review course opportunity that you might want to find out more about.  This course is available to all pre-med students and will include the following: