Graduate Assistantship Experiences

Graduate assistantships enable students to explore career options within higher education and student affairs while earning money to pay for school. GA positions also provide students with the opportunity to network with professors and campus practitioners — relationships that may prove beneficial as students advance their careers after graduation. Read the below GA experiences to grasp a sense of students' responsibilities and the work outcomes.

Doel Parrilla  Doel Parrilla, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

                            Graduate Assistant for Student Life

"As the graduate assistant for Student Life, I handle a wide variety of issues incluidng providing support for all student organizations on campus and dealing with technical issues related to VSU's CampusConnect system. In my position, I interact not only with students, but also with a number of student organization presidents and advisors, and VSU faculty, staff, and administrators. My position provides me the opportunity to collaborate with many different individuals in a variety of fields and departments on campus. This graduate assistantship has helped me grow and see a plethora of opportunities for a future career in student affairs!"

Melanie Stawkey  Melanie Stawkey, Detroit, MI

                            Graduate Assistant for CORE (Campus Recreation)

"Working as the Graduate Assistant for CORE – Outdoor Trips & Rental Center has been an awesome experience thus far! With this job, I have the opportunity to combine my love for the outdoors and passion for working with students while experiencing the nature of the South by kayaking, canoeing, hiking and white water rafting throughout Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. To compliment my work experience, the Higher Education and Student Affairs program is exactly the Master’s program I was looking for. The program has expanded my knowledge of the student affairs profession and has opened up to me a number of career possibilities. With the combination of my higher education leadership degree and GA position, I know I’ll be prepared to embark in a career in student affairs!"