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Featuring Joe Wengerd '10



Graduate School: Shenandoah University
Graduate Program:
Educational Administration
Information on Joe's employment profile

(Profiled: February 2014)


What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?
How did you explore graduate schools?

Do you have any tips related to the education process?


What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?

I am currently a first-year graduate school student at Shenandoah University. One of my primary reasons for attending is that it will open more doors within education that I can choose to go through if I want. Completing the graduate program also introduces you to new ideas that can be very helpful for professional growth. The pay raise that comes with a Master's degree is, of course, a great incentive. 


How did you explore graduate school?

I attended a few informational sessions concerning graduate programs. Ultimately, my choice to attend Shenandoah University came down to proximity and affordability. Although these may not be the "right" reasons to choose a school, only having to drive 10 minutes each way to classes and not having to stress too much about tuition is helpful when trying to strike the professional/personal life balance. I have enjoyed my classes and am glad I chose the program. 


Do you have any tips related to the application process?

During the application process, I would encourage applicants to think long-term. What doors do you want open to you in education 10, 20, and 30 years in the future? 


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