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Graduate Application Reflection the Two Essay

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My academic progress has been quite successful to date, and I know that the breadth of knowledge I received as an undergraduate is extensive enough to meet the needs of the graduate school programs I have identified. In addition, my practical experience and the references I will be able to produce should work quite strongly in my favor with graduate school admissions personnel. I also believe that I interview quite well, and am able to present myself in a very affable and confident manner that enables me to express my qualifications, skills, and other "selling points" without seeming arrogant or boastful, and this will also help my chances of admission.

Although I believe I am able to present my qualifications, skills, and knowledge quite well in interviews, the most challenging aspect of the application process by far was the writing of the personal essay that both schools required. For some reason, I find it much more difficult to write about myself than I do to talk about myself, at least when I am trying to be both impressive yet honest and humble at the same time. There is so much more that can be accomplished with body language, inflection, and side comments than can be communicated in the black and white of text on the page, and this helps create the appropriate balance for such a presentation of self. Writing personal essays in an attempt to come to the same type of balance is far more difficult for me, and not nearly as enjoyable. While there were some parts of the application process that seemed less necessary or that were more tedious to complete, completing the personal essay in a way that I was satisfied with was without question the most difficult part of the application process.

Deciding who to approach for references was rather difficult, as some of the people I thought might be able to provide the most influential references were individuals I had not really been in touch with for some time. Still, they did not seem perturbed by my request and instead were actually quite amenable to helping me, by and large, in order to assisted them, I recounted the details of certain projects or courses they oversaw or were involved in that I was a part of, not telling them precisely…… [Read More]

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Graduate Students and Networking Essay

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Networking in Student Affairs

Student Affairs Networking

Graduate students who will be moving into work in higher education and student affairs have much to consider, including professional development and networking. Ideally, that networking should start well before graduation is imminent, because it allows the student to develop contacts in the professional world before he or she moves into that world on a more permanent basis. Students who have professional contacts before they finish graduate school are more likely to see success in the working world in an earlier time frame, which can help those students make the transition from educational institution to professional working environment more easily.

While this type of networking and development does not guarantee success, it is one of the most significant things a student can do to move toward career placement and advancement in his or her chosen field. The literature that is addressed in Chapter Two will focus on the networking that is seen among graduate students in general, with as much emphasis as possible on those who are moving into careers related to higher education administration. Since the literature on that specific career path is scant, at best, an overview of networking and professional development in the graduate student population will be provided. This will show both the valuable information needed by graduate students when it comes to networking, and the large gap in the literature where higher education administration, graduate students, and networking is considered.

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to detail the information that is important for graduate students who are focused on professional development. These students must take care to learn all they can about their chosen profession, and there are several ways to do that. The knowledge they acquire in the classroom matters a great deal, but so does the networking they will engage in while they are still at their educational institution. Mixers and other events, where the graduate students get to know professional contacts in their chosen profession, can…… [Read More]

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Graduate and the New Left Essay

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Graduate and the New Left

In the United States in the 1960s, the nation was going through a change both in the psychological and sociological makeup of the population. Everything about the country was changing quickly, right down to the very moral code which makes up the identity of a culture. The American Dream and the belief that everyone could become successful if they were willing to work hard and if they lived in America was proving to be a fallacy in the wake of oppression, disenfranchisement, and racially-biased or gender-based prejudices. A group emerged who not only wished to be entirely different from their parents, but they also desired to completely upset if not outright eradicate the status quo and change what it meant to be an American citizen with an American identity. One of the components of this movement was a decidedly liberal perspective and agenda. This group would come to be known as the New Left. The ideology of this group, the inability to conform to expectations, the rejection of post-World War II ideals, and the need to create individual decisions regardless of the potential outcomes, is illustrated in the film The Graduate and the character of young Benjamin Braddock played by actor Dustin Hoffman.

The values of post-World War II America had given way to a revolutionary attitude that demanded change. Those who were reared in the post-war era were raised by a patriarchal, traditional family unit where father was the working man who dealt out the punishments and mother's job was to cook and clean and to nurture. It was expected that the man would hold a job and the woman would stay home. She would raise children who were well-behaved ladies and gentlemen who would then grow to be replications of their parents. Every child born to this dynamic was supposed to repeat it by aging, marrying, and then taking part in the appropriate activities of their gender delineation. However, for some members of the American population, this was not the kind of life they desired and instead of become carbon copies of their Ward and June Cleaver parents turned to drugs, rock and roll music, and a lifestyle of promiscuous permissive sex.

In the era between 1963 and through to the mid-1970s, the United States was in a period of nearly unparalleled upheaval. In a…… [Read More]

Bibliography:
Bapis, Elaine M. Camera and Action: American Film as Agent of Social Change, 1965-1975.

Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. Print.
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School Teacher and College Professors Essay

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Teaching at the university level and at the grade school level can be vastly different. Institutional differences account for the largest part of the disparities between these ostensibly similar careers, but methodological differences also exist. Teaching is considered the primary focus of the grade school teacher's career, whereas university professors are often academic scholars rather than educators and teaching for such people is far less important than academic research.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in four Americans are enrolled in educational institutions. Education is the largest industry in the country, accounting for nearly 12 million jobs. Most of these people teach at the grade school level. Teaching is considered a trade rather than a profession: teachers are usually unionized. Teaching positions constitute almost half of all educational services jobs and require at least a bachelor's degree. Most school districts give their employees incentives to pursue further education; typically a master's degree. Teachers typically attend liberal arts colleges and pursue a bachelor's degree in elementary or secondary education with a concentration in a particular subject. During their final years of study, these students will become 'student teachers' and pair up with local schools as teachers' assistants in order to gain valuable on-the-job training.

Secondary school teachers educate students that are closest in age to University students. Of these teachers, the ones that teach courses most similar to university-level courses teach Advanced Placement classes, which are taught to advanced students who wish to pass standardized achievement tests in order to gain college credit before entering a university. These courses are often taught by the senior-level teaching staff and are considered the most prestigious classes to teach at the high school level among public school students. Other teachers that focus on material similar to that found at the college or university level teach college preparatory classes such as calculus and foreign languages. In most schools, text books are standardized as at the university level only more so. However, certain discrepancies exist. For instance, college faculty need to solicit enrollment for a class unless the class is required of all students. This…… [Read More]