Rebecca Silverblatt

Master of Arts in Higher Education, '12

Rebecca  Silverblatt, School of Education

Field of Study: MA in Higher Education

Year in Program: c/o 2012

Geographic Region: Austin, Texas

Undergraduate: University of Texas - Austin

Prior to UM: Prior to coming to the U-M School of Education, I was working for Teach For America. I spent two years on the recruitment team, finding motivated leaders to join the movement for educational equity, before moving to the admissions team where I managed parts of Teach For America’s application process. Before that, I was an undergraduate at the University of Texas. My experiences at UT led to my love of higher education and student affairs, bringing me to where I am today.

Why your program? I ultimately chose to attend the University of Michigan because of the internships available, as well as the organized and supportive communication I received during the application process. Attending Campus Visit Day also gave me a sense of what being a student at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education would be like. I liked the campus environment, immediately felt comfortable with my fellow cohort members, and enjoyed talking to the faculty and staff I met during interviews and lunch. It just felt like a good fit.

The best part of SOE so far: The best part of my experience as a graduate student was my internship with the Center for Campus Involvement. I supervised a team of undergraduate program assistants and, together, we planned programs for the Michigan community at large. The work was always varied and I am constantly learned from my students. Also, working with the fun, supportive, and knowledgeable staff members there showed me the type of environment I hoped to work after graduation. I appreciated that my internship allowed me to take concepts we covered in my CSHPE classes and apply them in a practical, meaningful way. I also really enjoyed getting to know my cohort. Each person brought such a wealth of knowledge and an interesting perspective to class discussions. We have also formed a great support network both in and outside of our studies.

Silverblatt’s program of study:
Higher Education