Eric Kennedy

Master of Arts in Higher Education, '13

Eric  Kennedy, School of Education

Field of Study: MA in Higher Education

Year in Program: c/o 2013

Geographic Region: Cinnaminson, NJ

Undergraduate: Salisbury University

Prior to UM:  Prior to coming to Michigan I was working as an Admissions Counselor at my alma mater, Salisbury University, in the Office of Admissions.

Why your program? I chose The University of Michigan because I knew right from the start that the Center for the Study of Higher and Postesecondary Education (CSHPE) was a community that I wanted to be a part of. Even as a prospective student, the program faculty and staff were eager to assist me in defining my goals for graduate school to ensure that I was making an educated choice. When I came to Ann Arbor for campus visit day, I was impressed not only by the faculty and staff, but by the students who were already enrolled in the program. Their internships, research, and involvement with the university showed me the kind of engagement that I could expect at Michigan, and I was excited to call them my peers. The University of Michigan would also present me with new opportunities and challenges. I had completed my undergraduate degree and worked at a semi-rural, mid-sized, liberal arts university on the East Coast, so moving to Ann Arbor was a big change. Attending graduate school at Michigan has allowed me to learn about a completely different kind of university environment, providing a powerful learning experience, and helping me to further define my professional interests. 

The best part of SOE so far: The highlight of my graduate experience thus far has been making connections with my classmates, faculty, staff, coworkers, and undergraduates. It is through conversations with the people around me that I am able to challenge, apply, and internalize the course material and further develop personally as a future college administrator. I am able to gain knowledge from the collective experience of my peers and transfer that knowledge to my work. I've also had a lot of fun with my internship. I'd never thought that part of my graduate school experience would include dressing up as a zombie and scaring students in a haunted house!

Kennedy’s program of study:
Higher Education