Katie Forsythe

Master of Arts in Higher Education, Student Access and Success

Katie  Forsythe, School of Education

Field of Study: Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, Masters - Higher Education Student Access and Success

Year in Program: First Year

Geographic Region: Boise, Idaho

Undergraduate: High School: Boise High School, Undergrad: University of Washington

Prior to UM: During the year between earning my bachelor's degree and beginning my master's at Michigan I worked in the Nordstrom Corporate national buying office. I was the Daytime/Petite Dresses Office Administrator. This job allowed me to work with Nordstrom buyers, suppliers, and a multitude of other departments within Nordstrom. Through this job I learned how to work for and with a large group of individuals effectively. Also, I found out how important company culture can be. 

The best part of SOE so far: The best parts about SOE so far are the development and learning opportunities. Though I have only been here for four weeks, I have been introduced to countless opportunities within the CSHPE and the School of Education as a whole. These opportunities have come from professors, both inside and outside of the classroom, my cohort mates, guest speakers, and more. I relish all that I am offered here. I also recognize the pride that everyone in the School of Education shares. It is clear to see that most people love their roles and come to work or school each day with positive energy. Through these examples and energies I approach my work with the same commitment. I love being a part of the School of Education and I hope that I may share this passion with others as a SOE Ambassador. 

After graduation: After graduation I plan on pursuing a PhD in Higher Education. My research interest is to study the use of gender in business school classrooms and how this influences student career planning, both short term and long term. 

Teach me something! Take time to explore! Spend the afternoon getting lost on campus. This journey may take you through the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum, onto the ice rink at Yost Arena, or through Kerrytown during the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market! There is always something fun and unique to do in Ann Arbor. Additionally, one should take advantage of the museums on campus. Exhibits change frequently in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, just to name a few. In such institutions one can see artifacts from ancient worlds, one-of-a-kind creations by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Michigan's largest display of prehistoric life. Clearly, there is so much to do and see in Ann Arbor!  

Forsythe’s program of study:
Higher Education Student Access and Success