Summer, summer, summertime… It’s almost here! Have you noticed the trees showing more color, the grass is a bit greener, and the flowers are in bloom?! And, most importantly, final papers and presentations are coming to an end. Congratulations to all students graduating this May! We wish you all the best. Our final Get to Know segment features another outstanding student, Anna Lombardo.
Anna, tell us a little bit about yourself and your current role at Suffolk University.
I am in the homestretch of the program! I have one more paper due and then I am done! I am wrapping up schoolwork as well as my fellowship in Suffolk’s Student Leadership and Involvement Office.
I am a first generation student and graduating with an M.Ed. is a big deal to me and my family. They are very proud of my accomplishments.
I am hoping to secure a job in orientation or in student activities and am open to either of the two. I am even looking at applying to Semester at Sea. I never got the chance to study abroad during my undergrad, so I figured why not try now as a professional in the field. I am excited to start, wherever I may end up!
What is your fellowship in Suffolk’s Student Leadership and Involvement office like?
Currently, I am a program advisor in SLI. I overlook a portion of the clubs and organizations on campus. I work closely with the e-board members in planning events with them. This year I had the opportunity to plan the LEAP conference for Suffolk’s clubs and organizations on which took place on Cape Cod. It was a great success and I am so glad I could be a part of it.
Working in SLI has been amazing. I have learned so much from my colleagues and supervisors during my time there. I just received the program advisor of the year award, what a surprise it was! Everyone does such a great job in the office; we all deserve an award for everything we do each day, but I am so honored to have received it. The award gave me confidence that I made the right choice by going into higher education.
Have you had a transformational experience while you were pursuing your degree?
When I started the program I was not working in the field of Higher Education; I was teaching preschool. When I received my bachelors in Early Childhood Education, I thought that I would teach for a majority of my life, I never thought I would have a career change so early. I was intimidated at first to begin a program with little experience in higher education, but I am so glad I did. I firmly believe that it is the best decision I have made. There are days where I miss teaching, but I am still educating students on a daily basis. This became apparent during my hands on experience in my fellowship and practicum experiences. I am glad I found my happy medium.
What was your favorite part about AHE Program?
Meeting everyone in the program. I am so glad I got a chance to bond with a great bunch of people during my time at Suffolk, and I know we will stay in touch after graduation.
What was the most challenging part of the program and how did you overcome it?
The most challenging part was time management with balancing a fellowship, a practicum, and a full time class schedule. I tried to allow myself one social outing a week and tried to stick with it as best as I could. I know my busy schedule will pay off in the end, but I am always glad to have some downtime and see friends that I have not seen in a long time.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love just being in the company of my friends and family. After the Boston marathon tragedy, it is important to take time for yourself and surround yourself with people who make you happy. With work and school sometimes it is hard to make time, but now more than ever it is important enjoy those around you.
Aside from that, I enjoy crafts like painting, scrapbooking, gluing, cutting, beading, etc. If it is in a craft store, I have probably tried to make it. My next project is to make a tabletop out of mosaic glass.
I also like going to the movies by myself! Everyone thinks that it is weird, but I enjoy it!
Contact Anna (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions or comments regarding her current education or future career path!