Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs
A 2004 alumna with dual degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Karen
couldn't keep herself away from WCU for long. Although she accepted admission as a
different university, she couldn't get West Chester off her mind. After a tour of
the other university, she called WCU's graduate studies and accepted her offer of
admission, and came "back home for graduate school."
"The opportunities are endless as a graduate student at West Chester University. It's
a close-knit group of 2,000 graduate students, and you're bound to find a place where
you feel at home."
Throughout the two-year program, Karen took advantage of all that WCU had to offer.
She was a graduate assistant and an officer in both the Graduate Student Association
and Chi Sigma Iota honor society; she was an LGBTQ Ally; worked with commuted students;
collaborated with faculty and staff; and was named the 2013-2014 Graduate Student
Leader of the Year. All of her extracurricular involvement helped Karen in the classroom
as well, and by the time she graduated, she had plenty of hands-on experience in the
"I was guided, molded and mentored into a student affairs professional by skilled
faculty with years of professional experience. I was exposed to real-life opportunities
to put theory into practice. The program provided extensive experience with the ACA
Ethical Code of Standards and Professional Codes, which have given me a strong foundation
in my current role. Opportunities abounded for professional development and networking,
as well as mentorship, and by the closure of my program, I felt confident to enter
the higher education community as a Student Affairs Practitioner."
Today, Karen works in the Center for Global Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
where she is the English Language Academy Coordinator.
"Expect to learn a lot from your professors in class, but don't be surprised when
you learn almost as much from your sage classmates."