NMU McNair Alumnus, Andrea Selmser, recently finished her graduate degree at Michigan State University. In May of 2014, Andrea was granted a Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Read on for more about her graduate school experience, plans for the future, and words of wisdom to fellow McNair scholars.
“The Master’s in Communicative Sciences and Disorders is a 2-year long program that includes graduate coursework and real-world internships. I’ve interned at a wide variety of placements, including an elementary school, several hospitals, and an outpatient clinic. My last semester, I interned full-time at a sub-acute rehab facility. It was a great experience because I worked with the entire caseload and learned more about dysphagia (swallowing) evaluations, cognition and language treatment plans, and documentation.
My advice for McNair Scholars is to set goals for yourself and regularly track progress towards those goals. It helped me stay accountable and on track. Graduate school involves more than just coursework and it is a balance to juggle other commitments, whether it be internships, research, or teaching. Having a daily/weekly routine also helped me be successful. I want to thank my McNair mentors Dr. Carl Wozniak and Dr. Debra Morley for helping me build my research skills and getting me where I am today. The resources the McNair Program provided definitely helped me not only prepare for graduate school, but be a more confident student and leader.
I definitely have some great experiences to put on my resume and I’m looking forward to starting my career. Now that I have graduated, I am very happy to be back in the U.P. to see family and friends for the summer. I will also be starting the job hunt soon and I’m hoping to start this fall!”
We wish Andrea the very best of luck in her new career, and look forward to hearing more great things from her in the future. Congratulations Andrea!