Posts Tagged ‘Graduate’

Class Sizes

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

I wanted to take a moment to discuss the topic of class sizes at the College of St. Scholastica. During my time in undergrad the majority of my class sizes were between 15 and 20. This amount of students made it easy to connect with classmates, approach the professor, and feel comfortable. My larger lecture classes such as chemistry and biology were around 80 students with smaller groups of 20 for the lab portion of class. Although the lectures are fairly large, the smaller lab sections make the class and professor/student relationship feel more personal. As I got into my major (Exercise Physiology) the class size was approximately 40 students with lab sizes of 10-15. Due to having class with these students every day my junior and senior year, we all became quite familiar with one another making for a very comfortable learning environment. Once I got into graduate school (Physical Therapy) the class size turned to 36 (it is now 48). Once again, seeing these classmates every day, working with them in labs/clinic, and group projects made our class more like a family.


Summer Job Search

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

As a native to Duluth I will be here all summer and the job search is on. Ideally, I want to find something relevant to what I’m pursuing for graduate school, however, realistically that’s pretty difficult when I’m looking for a 3-month position. During undergrad, finding internships was extremely easy with the help of the career guidance counselors and work study programs. Now, I don’t qualify for many of these internships so competition is much higher. While I am still looking for work relevant to marketing, public relations, and advertising, I have accepted that I may just need to find something that will be fun for me to do. Maybe I will work in one of the tourist shops down town or somewhere fun like Adventure Zone. Duluth has tons of job opportunities, I just need to look a little harder. 

I’m going to Graduate School!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

I have been in the McNair Scholars Program for two years now so it’s really not a surprise that I am going to Graduate School. However, until this Spring I still wasn’t 100% sure where I wanted to go or even what I wanted to study. Applying for graduate school was extremely stressful at first. Following my first draft of my personal statement I couldn’t help but feel it was…impersonal. It felt like I was trying to impress someone. It didn’t feel like me. I came up with an idea that I thought was pretty interesting: talk about the time I was a Disney princess. With the nod of approval from my advisor Dr. Stephanie Johnson, I re-wrote my personal statement fused with my love for Disney and volunteer work. It worked! I was accepted into every grad school I applied for. I am happy to announce that this Fall I will be attending Western Michigan University pursuing a degree in Communication. 

I am a Graduate!?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

In all the rush of graduation, I haven’t had time to sit down and write a post on the experience but here we go. We all lined up early for graduation backstage where we waited in anticipation. I loved seeing all of the differently decorated caps, many indicating which College or job was up next for the students. After about an hour we filed our way into the Amsoil Arena. This room hosts all kinds of events besides graduations: hockey games, the circus, mud truck races, you name it. For this event, it was all tidied up and clad in blue and gold. There were many speeches given by many people from St. Scholastica including an alumni that was awarded an honorary doctorate from the college. My personal favorite, of course, was the student speech. Corey Bardon won the student leadership award and as a result was chosen to give the speech at graduation. He encompassed both his journey and the journey of our class to graduates. I was excited to receive a shoutout from Corey as one of the “powerful women” on campus. After speeches and a few musical performances, we each walked across the stage to receive our diplomas from President Collete Geary. The fun began after the ceremony, however. I was thrilled with visits from family and surprise visits from friends. We took pictures, told stories, laughed, and cried. It was an amazing time. So far, it doesn’t feel very real but I bet as I am packing for my next adventure, to graduate school, it will hit me. 



Saturday, May 13th, 2017