Recently, I was accepted into the EdD in Student Affairs Leadership program at the University of Georgia’s Counseling and Human Development.
While excited, I am a little nervous to go back to school after ALL these years. Yet, I have to for my intended career path and I want to for me. Why an EdD and not a PhD (which would be free by the way)? I wanted a program that I could finish. I know me. Running from my desk to my school desk would have driven me to distraction. The EdD option is a cohort model that meets on designated weekends and is primarily online. Having a cohort of professionals to draw experience and knowledge from was very appealing – actually more so than the online component. Being with people who want to learn like me, for probably the same reasons I do in the way that I want to, just rang true. I am wagering that my career projection will outweigh the initial hurt of a loan payment. We shall see.
Top 7: What I’m looking forward to:
- “Disrupting” my thinking about everything that I “think” I know about Student Affairs (and perhaps the world)
- Meeting my cohort and professors
- Learning about the history of Student Affairs and the profession’s future
- Best Practices within the field
- Assessment vs. Evaluation
- Learning more about current research trends
- How to leverage technology within Student Affairs divisions?