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Featuring Alison Seefeldt '08
Alison Seefeldt
Graduate School: University of Delaware
Graduate Program: MS in Human Development & Family Studies
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Information on Alison's employment profile
Position: Kindergarten Teacher
School: Urban Promise School
Location: Wilmington, DE
(Profiled: November 2011)

  What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?
  How did you explore graduate schools?
  Do you have any tips related to the application process?
  Did you obtain a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship? If so, what was that application process like?

What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?
Even while I was at GCC, I knew I wanted to continue my education, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study. I am really thankful for my three years of classroom experience. Through teaching kindergarten, I noticed things I was seeing with my students that I wanted to learn more about. For example, I wondered about a few of my students who always seemed to get in trouble for their lack of self-control and who other teachers had labeled as “bad” kids. So when I got to grad school, I began studying emotion regulation in at-risk young children and how it affects their academic achievement.

How did you explore graduate school?
I primarily used websites like US News and World Report’s rankings and Princeton Review and from there looked at lots of school’s websites. I also emailed professors and current students to learn more about programs.

Do you have any tips related to the application process?
Try to stay organized. I made an Excel spreadsheet with all the application requirements that really helped me keep the different programs straight. Also, put a lot of time into writing your Statement of Purpose. That is definitely not something to leave until the last minute!

Did you obtain a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship? If so, what was that application process like?
Yes, I have a graduate assistantship with the Delaware Institute of Excellence in Early Childhood, which is run out of the university. A separate application was not required, so I was automatically considered for an assistantship. Most full-time students in my program were able to find assistantships if they wanted them. I love the work I’m doing and feel like I am able to really connect what I’m learning in my courses to practice.
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