Kush Dawar

MA in Educational Studies: New Media and New Literacies / Evening MBA (Dual Degree)

Student status: Current student, part time

Geographic region of origin: India

Education prior to Ed Studies MA: Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology

Prior to Joining the Program

In addition to being a part-time student, I am an entrepreneur. I have owned a successful education franchise for more than 4 years.

Why the New Media and New Literacies Program?

The University of Michigan is pioneering how education will be shaped in the future. The New Media and New Literacies program allows me a chance to learn and gain experience from faculty at the forefront of this movement. I want to understand where education is heading in the future so I can be a part of the change. 

Individualized Course of Study

The flexibility provided in the program is invaluable. Being part-time student, this flexibility allows me to juggle my academic and work responsibilities.

In my first semester, I took EDUC 570: Professional Developmental Seminar and EDUC 601: Transformative Learning and Teaching with Technology. The former was crucial in helping me connect with my peers. It provided me a support that will define the rest of my master’s program here. EDUC 601 provided me with a foundational understanding of what it means to truly be transformative in terms of education. It helped me shape the remainder of my course of study.

I also took MKT618: Marketing Research Design and Analysis at the Ross School of Business, which will count toward my requirements for the Evening MBA program.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In each of my classes, there are educators from different races with different religions and cultural background discussing the educational issues of the entire human society. Professors and students respect all different opinions and voices.

As an international student, I benefit from the inclusive and diverse learning environment by speaking up from my own perspective in class, and my culture and experience have been valued by my classmates and teachers.

I was born in India and completed my education there through 9th grade. I completed high school at Plymouth High School and undergrad at Wayne State University. I had the pleasure of being part of two completely different school systems, which allowed me to bring a unique perspective to the table.

The most important thing about the University of Michigan, beside the amazing faculty, is the group of people we take classes with. Just in my cohort alone, we have many different school systems represented. The School of Education here truly represents what education can be in the future, globally and not just in the United States.

From day one I felt welcomed; the university provided me with a nurturing environment that helped me adjust to being a student again after several years outside that role.  

Kush invites prospective students to contact him with questions about the program or life in Michigan.

Dawar’s program of study:
Educational Studies and MBA (Dual Degree)