Chelsea Noble

Master of Arts in Higher Education, '16

Chelsea  Noble, School of Education

Field of study: MA Higher Education - Study Access and Success

Year in Program: graduated 2016

Where do you HAIL from? Saco, Maine

Prior degree(s): Bowdoin College - B.A. French, minor in history

Before coming to U-M: I served as an admission counselor at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) for three years before entering the master's program.

Why your program? I knew I wanted a higher education program rather than a student affairs program because I am interested in understanding the broader contexts in which students learn and grow. When I visited, I was most impressed by CSHPE faculty members' research agendas and their ability to connect with students.

The best part of SOE so far: The people - no question! I have been awed by brilliant faculty who are invested in my success as a scholar and a future practitioner in higher education. My fellow students - both at the master's and doctoral levels - are such bright, passionate, supportive individuals who constantly inspire and challenge me. Finally, our staff are rock stars who make it all happen, with good humor and great care.

After graduation: I am interested in questions around student development, access, student engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am pursuing a doctoral degree and will then establish myself as a student affairs practitioner.

Teach me something! Go to office hours! I was initially intimidated by the idea of going to office hours in graduate school, even though I made a habit of going to them as an undergraduate. Once I committed to going, the conversations I have had with faculty in office hours have helped me grow as a learner, a scholar, and as an individual.