3 Current Graduate Assistants at Neumann University

Topics: Financing Graduate School

Published on: 4/9/24 10:00 AM

3 Current Graduate Assistants at Neumann University

Going to graduate school is a big commitment, especially when you think about the costs involved. A graduate assistantship is designed to help students pay for their education while giving them valuable real-world experience in their field of study. It's a win-win: students get to learn by doing and reduce their tuition bills at the same time. This kind of opportunity doesn't just help with finances; it's also a great way to build skills, learn from experts, and make connections that can help in the future.

These positions are more than just jobs; they're a key part of the educational journey, offering a mix of learning, guidance, and career development. Let’s meet three graduate assistants showcasing how the program has not only made their education more affordable but also put them on the path to professional success.

What Can a Graduate Assistant Do? 

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Jalyne Poles

Ardmore, Pennsylvania

MS in Business and Organizational Leadership ‘24

Current Position: Graduate Assistant Hall Director, Housing and Residence Life

I chose Neumann for graduate school because of the small, family-like community. I grew up where family was the main source of support. After seeing how family-oriented Neumann was, I knew it was the school for me. This position has opened so many doors for me, both physically and spiritually. My love for people and culture has significantly grown.

I had the opportunity to learn about cultures other than mine, learn about people's lives, and have had the chance to influence others in ways they didn't know they needed. Before becoming a graduate assistant, I didn't realize how much I loved working with students. I thought I would never desire to work in student-facing positions. However, this has changed greatly. I am so thankful for this experience.

The Value of a Graduate Assistantship 

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Catriona Corrrigan

Alden, Pennsylvania

MS in Business and Organizational Leadership ‘24

Current Position: Library Graduate Assistant 

In my first graduate assistant position, I was in athletics for a year and a half and am currently in the library for my last semester. In athletics, I was a building supervisor during the shifts that were difficult for staff to cover. This allowed the athletic staff to focus on their teams and seasons. I managed the building and assisted with game day operations, organized team rooms, and the hiring, training, and management of work-study students. 

In the library, I assist with shelving, assisting students with any questions, upkeep of library spaces, and organizing events during the semester. I am hosting an event involving Information Literacy and what services the library can offer for other graduate students. This experience has me running around all semester, but has shown me that if I can be enrolled in a master's program, work two jobs, and play a college sport... then I can do anything! 

My graduate assistantship has been a great opportunity to continue my education for minimal cost! Everyone at Neumann has consistently shown me the support that every college student deserves but would not receive just by being a face in the crowd at a large school. 

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A Graduate Assistantship Match Made in Heaven 

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Zay Snell

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MS in Business and Organizational Leadership ‘24

Current Position: Graduate Assistant Hall Director, Housing and Residence Life

I chose Neumann because it gave me a sense of family when I came to visit. Neumann is the type of place where you can make your home away from home. I’ve always wanted to work on my leadership skills, and I’ve seen firsthand the type of leaders Neumann produces, so I felt it was a match made in heaven. 

I get the chance to work with student leaders across campus to help improve the student experience for our residential students. Getting to work so closely with students and help them through any issues they may be dealing with has helped me find my purpose. 

Pro Tip: Do your research! Make sure the program you're applying for is something you want to do and look in depth at the department you could potentially work for. Make sure it fits in some way what you want to do in the future.

Getting a Graduate Assistantship 

The transformative power of a graduate assistantship extends far beyond financial relief. The hands-on experience, skill advancement, and network growth that come with these roles are invaluable to emerging professionals. At Neumann, graduate assistants don’t just immerse themselves in academic studies; they are vital, active participants in shaping their future careers.

Embarking on a graduate assistantship is both a strategic and economical move for any student looking to get the most out of their graduate education. The key is to apply early. When you submit your application for a graduate program at Neumann University, express your interest in an assistantship right away. Spots fill quickly due to their high value and limited availability.

In the meantime, discover other opportunities to offset the cost of pursuing your graduate degree. Our comprehensive guide explores other types of financial aid, scholarships, and payment options at Neumann. Download the guide to make getting your master’s or graduate degree a reality.

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Bettsy McKlaine

 Bettsy McKlaine

About The Author: Bettsy McKlaine is the Executive Director of Enrollment Management, Degree Completion & Graduate Programs at Neumann University and a proud Alumna. The Neumann Community has become her second family and she loves to interact with students, both from the undergraduate and graduate population. Her favorite time of year is at the start of each semester as students begin classes!


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