Graduate Student Spotlight - Claire Andrews

Kristin Wyninegar, NASPA IV-W Graduate Student Representative

January 3, 2018

Hometown: Morrilton, AR

Graduate Institution: University of Arkansas

Degree you are working towards: M.Ed. in Higher Education

Undergraduate Institution: University of Arkansas

Why you chose your graduate institution: I fell in love with the city of Fayetteville, AR and was not yet ready to leave. Also, I was offered a graduate assistantship in the Fulbright College Advising Center, which for years was a position I could see myself in.

Why you wanted to go to graduate school: Before my undergrad experience, I did not know a field such as Higher Education existed. I was a very involved student, and the supervisors of my clubs and organizations were my inspiration to stay involved in this field. Almost all the “real adults” I knew who worked in a University setting had Masters degrees, so I felt as though I should follow that same path.

What area(s) of Student Affairs interest you most and why: Academic Advising or College recruiting, because a student’s transition from high school to college is of great interest to me.

A memorable moment working with your students at your assistantship:  Any time after a student meets with me who says I made them feel better, or less stressed! Always rewarding.

What are your hobbies? Dancing, going to a new restaurant, or visiting a new city! 

If you could take a year off from work/school what would you do: Travel, I really want to go to Thailand and visit my cousin, as well as see all 50 states before I turn 30.

What is your dream job? Own a bed and breakfast.

The best gift you have ever received? A plane ticket to Germany.

Who would play you in a movie of your life and why? Hopefully Anne Hathaway, I want to be her so maybe she wants to be me!

My secret passion is? Making people laugh.

What you would like to be remembered for? Positive, fun soul.

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