I’ve always been the girl who knew what she was going to do. I knew I was going to Niagara University in October of my senior year of high school. I’ve always had a plan, but sometimes life happens and plans change.
My time at Niagara University during my undergraduate career was amazing and, after graduation, I didn’t want to start anywhere new - so I thought about staying on for grad school at NU. Niagara University has always felt like a second home. The campus is beautiful (even in the snow) and the staff and professors are all so nice.
As graduation approached, I began planning (it’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to do after you graduate, right?). There are so many options: find a job, go back to school to get my master’s degree, or even Ph.D., travel - or maybe all three. I decided that the best plan for me would be to go back to school in the fall to continue on with my education and start my master’s program in special education. Like I said, there was really only one school that I was looking at applying to, and that was Niagara University.
So, the plan was to go back to school, work on my master’s and find a job. I was applying for substitute teaching positions in the local schools and working another job when, out of the blue, I got an email from Niagara University! I had been chosen to come in for an interview for a graduate assistant position. I was thrilled! The graduate assistantship provides funding for grad school and a small stipend for students who work in different positions throughout the campus. I went for the interview and was offered the position the next day!
Now the plan has changed. I will be working at Niagara University in the College of Education while working on my master’s degree. I will even get to travel for my job! I’m getting great work experience while working on my courses (which are fully online) and I get to travel throughout New York and Canada. It’s going to take some time to get used to juggling work and school, but staying organized and staying on top of my assignments will be key to my success. I cannot imagine being anywhere other than Niagara University!