Graduate Student Spotlight - Brody Glidden

Kristin Wyninegar, NASPA IV-W Graduate Student Representative

June 28, 2017

Name: Brody Glidden

Hometown: Dalton, NH

Graduate Institution: University of Central Missouri

Degree you are working towards: M.S. College Student Personnel Administration

Undergraduate Institution: NHTI, Concord’s Community College & Southern New Hampshire University

Why you chose your graduate institution: I chose the University of Central Missouri for many reasons, but for now, I will limit it to three. 1. The Theory to Practice approach that UCM offers in the CSPA program was something that I wanted as I am a practical learning, this was the best way for me to learn and retain the information. 2. The Residence Hall Director position is unique at UCM because we are the RHD, not the assistant hall director. With this, we are given the opportunity to supervise undergraduate staff members, have our own conduct hearings, advise hall councils, and so much more. 3. The faculty and staff at UCM truly want us to have the best experience possible. They challenge, support, encourage, and question everything we do, which in the end will allow us to be confident and educated professionals.

Why you wanted to go to graduate school: Truly, I never wanted to go to graduate school. It was not until the summer going into my senior year when I was at my ACUHO-I Internship at North Dakota State University that I was influenced. Speaking with my supervisor and another hall director there throughout the summer, they persuaded me to go to graduate school, explaining that I could make a bigger impact on my student’s lives if I was given more tools to have those intentional conversations with a higher education degree. I will forever be thankful for these conversations and the impact that these two professionals had on my decision to attend graduate school.

What area(s) of Student Affairs interest you most and why: I would strongly consider myself a Res Lifer.  Seeing the impact that housing professionals had on me throughout my undergraduate career and how being involved with residence life was the only way for me to complete my undergraduate career, it only seems right to give back and do the same on my end. Student Activities has also played a huge role in my journey of becoming a Student Affairs Professional, being on a programming board at Southern New Hampshire University provided me the opportunities to interact with students outside of the residence halls, which is something that I believe is vital to have a positive impact all students.

A memorable moment working with your students at your assistantship: Every day that I work with my students is a memorable moment; each one is so special and unique. Specific moments that I will always remember include ones that involve my Community Advisor staff or my Hall Council members. With my CA’s it would have to be times of growth and understanding, those “lollipop moments” they have with their residents, and then they come running to me with excitement and a sense of success. For my Hall Council, it would have to be the service programs that they accomplish, like our ‘Letter’s to 2nd Graders’ program or our Food Drive Program.

What is your dream job: Dean of Students or Director of Leadership Programs

If you could take a year off from work/school what would you do: I would follow my undergraduate studies and become a special event coordinator for non-profit organizations or leadership development companies.

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