Learn about the experiences of some of our recent graduates ...
Class of 2012
Jacob Lemon, Class of 2012
Coordinator of Residence Education
Roger Williams University
Looking back at my SAA experience, there were so many valuable aspects from the program that encouraged my development both personally and professionally. The HALE faculty members were always invested in my success as both a student and a person. Not only a leader in his scholarly field, my faculty advisor was hands-on, caring, and committed to helping me find my passion in student affairs, and for that, I am forever grateful. Within my cohort, I was surprised to find a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives that always benefitted group learning and allowed for the development of many meaningful friendships. Additionally, a diverse and well-rounded curriculum allowed me to explore my interests in the field of student affairs, while also building important skills and knowledge as a student affairs educator. Particularly, through the Practicum program, I was able to experience student development theory beyond the classroom. The connections made between my coursework and practicum experiences working at the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan as well as a NODA internship at Roger Williams University gave me direction, focus, and prepared me for my future career. Overall, the SAA program has given me a strong appreciation and confidence for the Student Affairs profession, provided a strong network of colleagues for support, and has been integral in my success working with students. Today, I am able to apply the knowledge I gained as a student to be effective in my career - and for that, I am so proud to be a Spartan!