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Alyssa Gostonczik is a current UW-Superior speech communication major. In March, Alyssa was accepted to the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAA) program at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, a program she found based on a string of referrals. Towards the beginning of her senior year, Alyssa began to realize that she enjoyed all the jobs she currently held on campus and wondered if there was a way to turn them into a career. After speaking with her department chair, advisor, and current Campus Visit Coordinator, she knew that student affairs was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. "I did some research, applied to the program, was accepted and the rest is history…I start in September!"
Help Along the Way
Alyssa says that Career Services was instrumental in her success to being accepted to the program. "Kathy, Stacy, Shannon, Jean and all of the CRA's were always there with encouraging words and helpful suggestions for tweaking my resume, nailing the interview and making sure to send thank you notes. They are always willing to lend a helping hand and I will certainly use their services well after graduation." Also vital to her success was taking advantage of the opportunities provided to her and not letting them slip away. "I think there is always a chance for self-improvement so it's important to keep your eyes and ears open because you never know when you catch your next big break, even though it might be disguised in small packaging."
For the Future
The graduate school search taught Alyssa that it's important to go with your heart and instincts when choosing a program. At the beginning of her sophomore year she knew that Business wasn't for her and instead her instincts were pointing towards a Communication degree. She says, "They were right then and so when SAA seemed right I went with it and I trust they won't let me down."
Good luck in Grad School, Alyssa! We are proud of your accomplishments!
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