By Ashlynn Worley
The question used to be, what do you want to do when you grow up?
Now college students face the question of, what are you going to do now that you are all grown up?
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, employed adults who pursed higher education after undergraduate school reported they are happiest with their jobs and find their work more interesting.
Quincy University offers three graduate study programs for students looking to further their education.
Alyssa Vitale, a senior majoring in psychology, said she always knew graduate school would be in her future and she is currently in the process of applying.
“I love QU. I’ve been here for four years and it’s something that I’m comfortable with. I just really enjoy QU and I think I would love to be here for the graduate program as well,” Vitale said.
Prospective graduate students are required to meet certain qualifications such as previously earning a bachelor’s degree in order to be accepted in one of the three programs.
The programs at QU attempt to fit the diversity of all applicants whether they are recent undergraduates or full-time working adults from surrounding areas.
Kevin Buckert, a graduate studies student from Hamilton, is pursuing his Master of Science in Education in Counseling degree.
“I’ll be finishing in the fall of 2020. I was hoping to be done a little sooner but it’s based on when they [QU] can offer classes,” Buckert said.
Applicants have a choice of online or face-to-face classes that tailor to the needs of the students and staff depending on the specific program.
The new Graduate Studies Coordinator Allison Ramsey has only been a part of the QU family for about a month but said she already feels right at home.
“QU is a unique atmosphere and welcoming environment. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to work with most of the faculty in these programs and they are very personable and attentive to students,” Ramsey said. “[The faculty] truly care about our student learning and that’s something you’re not going to get at another university.”
The Office of Graduate Studies held its first informal event in the Health and Fitness Center’s Hall of Fame room for anyone interested in learning more about the programs.
The graduate studies night was an opportunity for students to meet Ramsey, talk with the directors from each graduate program, ask questions, and find out how to avoid the application fee when you apply online.
QU’s Master of Science in Education in Counseling program recently received CACREP accreditation for its quality curriculum.
“I have heard great things about this program because I have a friend who is currently in it and she always has positive things to say. QU is familiar and I know there are great teachers here,” Vitale said.
One day Vitale hopes to become a counselor and possibly even continue her education to earn a Ph.D. in order to diagnose people with mental illnesses.
The Office of Graduate Studies, located in Francis Hall room 121, can assist students looking for graduate programs in other majors as well, in addition to the three programs offered at QU.