Getting Involved as a Graduate Student

by Ashley Smith on November 9, 2016
Getting Involved as a Graduate Student

Ashley Smith is a graduate assistant in the Niagara University Learn and Serve Office. She is a current student in the master of business administration program, with a focus in finance, at Niagara University and will graduate in 2018.

Just going to class, and studying on nights was not how I pictured being a graduate student at my beloved university. After being a heavily involved undergraduate student here at Niagara, I knew there had to be a way for graduate students to be involved with campus and have voice in regards to changes they wanted to see. Upon my search, I found Graduate Student Council (GSC)!

Upon my first year of being involved, I found there to be many events that helped to connect students and network with many different people. Such opportunities included open house, sitting on committees and wine tasting, to name a few. There were also events off campus at local restaurants that allowed for networking with professors and other students.

Currently, as the vice president of the GSC, one of my main objectives is to involve more students through various events, on and off campus. I am also serving as an advocate for students who have expressed concerns to me in regards to different topics in which I have brought to the GSC body, and we are working to find a solution.

Lastly, another great way to meet other students is through community service via the Learn and Serve Office. Through this, we are looking to get graduate students involved with the service opportunities that are offered to gain their insight on what we may be able to do to better serve the community and help open the eyes of our graduate students whom may not understand the poverty and impact that they can have as individuals. If you are looking to get involved please email me at

If you are interested in learning more about the master of business administration program, please contact, or call 716.286.8051.