NECPA Graduate Spotlight March – Briana Petrucelli

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Name: Briana Petrucelli

School: Springfield College

Program:  Student Affairs Administration

Type: Master’s

Current employer:  Student Affairs Graduate Assistant at Springfield College

What do you love about working there?

I love the community environment, close knit cohort, and network of support offered to students in our program. Springfield College is a wonderful community to be a part of and has enabled me to be apart of so many opportunities to grow as an aspiring professional.

How do you like to spend your free time?

In my free time I love to hang out with my dogs (Brady & Kona), hike, try out new spots to eat, and go shopping.

What is your favorite grad school course/experience and why?

My favorite course thus far has been my Higher Education & Law course. I not only do I love the engaging material and topics but the case studies that supplement the course. I feel that this hands on approach coupled with the guest speakers that join our class sessions make it that much more fascinating to learn about.

Who/what inspired you to get involved in higher education?

During my undergraduate experience I was selected to be a Peer Advisor. It was through this program mentoring first-year students that I felt fulfilled, resourceful and inspired in my work helping students. When it came time to decide my future plans I looked to my interests and this opportunity verified that the field of Higher Education was what I was supposed to be pursuing!

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your career (so far)?

There will always be challenges & roadblocks in our work but it is how your respond to them that matter most.

What is on your Higher Ed bucket list?

I would love to spend a term at an institution abroad to see how they do business and make me a more well rounded professional.

What advice would you offer to those who are starting to search for grad programs?

Don’t take any opportunity off the table- the right match is out there and you will find it!

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