Hi! I’m Alice Rugoletti and welcome to my first blog post! I’m super excited to share my journey with you as I go from #SAgrad to #SApro in the next year! I’ve got one semester left within the MEd in Administration of Higher Education program at Suffolk University so, as a December graduate, you will be literally following my evolution from grad student to (hopefully) new professional. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
I have so many ideas and thoughts and questions and ponderings about this field and my path within/through it, I’m not sure if this blog is an awesome idea, or a terrible one. That being said, there are lots of topics I’d like to blog about, depending on what’s going on with me at the moment – I’m quite a sharer – but I figure I can start by introducing myself and writing a little about my journey up to this point, and we can go from there!
So, without further ado….
I went to a small college just outside of Boston to earn my BA in graphic design but, when I think about the college days, neither my social life, nor my degree is what I’m most proud of. My involvement on campus completely made my college experience as well catapulted me into the emerging SA pro that I am today. I participated in many activities on campus from a summer as an Admissions Ambassador, to Alternative Spring Break, to a year in the knitting club. I was class president for about three years; an orientation leader for two; and Orientation Student Coordinator my final year. I worked closely with the administrators regularly, and spoke at several campus events. One might say I was kind of a big deal 😉
Anyway, fast-forward (a long-story-short) to Fall 2013. Two years out of school; I’d gotten into grad school; didn’t have to move out of Boston, and could not have been happier. I was ready to start grad school, ready to begin my career path, and ready to get out of my job as a movie theatre manager. I was just ready.
One of the most exciting pieces of this new beginning was the Graduate Fellowship I’d earned. Having no professional student affairs experience whatsoever, I was concerned about being too far removed from experience. I was also super nervous about balancing full-time graduate study on top of a fellowship after two years of not using any brain power! My fellowship in Suffolk’s Office of Student Leadership & Involvement was one of the best first experiences I could have asked for. Immediately, I was submerged into the world of Student Affairs with student group advising responsibilities, student leadership events to plan, and got to work directly with lots of awesome students every day! If I hadn’t already been sure, I knew this was the field for me.
If you fast-forward again to today, I stand (well, sit) here before you having completed two of three semesters in my graduate program, including a fellowship and a practicum. I attended two professional conferences. I quit the movie theatre job, and I have an awesome summer internship at MIT, with two fall internships lined up. I could write on and on and on about my worries and stress and excitement and success, but I think this is enough for now.
I think this journey looks promising!
Hope to see you next month!
Please feel free to comment/question below and I’ll be happy to chat with you!