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Category: experiences

The Hazards of Agreement

Was it strategy or serendipity that placed Collaborative Leadership as our first required class in the MSC program? I haven’t sought out a formal answer, but it certainly feels strategic, because a large part of this course is randomly-assigned team activities, meaning we have an embedded opportunity every Saturday to get to know new people in

My First Week Of Grad School

As I look back on my first Saturday in the MSC program, I have a few takeaways.The day goes by quickly. I heard that at orientation. I didn’t believe them.Just as the MSC program is accelerated, I got to figure out people’s personalities and know their names…QUICKLY.The Leading Collaboration core class has already opened my


Saturday has become my favorite day of the week. You may think, “Class from 9:30am – 5:00pm, every single Saturday” and cringe – but you shouldn’t. Don’t feel bad for my classmates or me, because… Saturdays are our days without stress from work Saturdays are our days without readings, homework, papers, projects – and all

The Bitter-Sweetness of Practicum Week

Initially, I wasn’t too crazy about the idea of attending a week-long Practicum. It meant using precious Vacation Days to attend school. The mere idea seemed contradictory. Nevertheless, I woke up Monday morning and committed to arriving at the Hilton Orrington Hotel with a positive attitude. Each day of the Practicum Week was invigorating. All

Life of a Chicago Cubs Broadcaster

One of the great benefits of being in the MSC Program is that you are part of the School of Communication. As a result, you have access to attend private events with prominent professionals in their fields. Recently, I just attended an event where Len Kasper, the Play-by-Play Broadcaster of the Chicago Cubs spoke about

Signing Off

It’s getting to be about that time. The end of the 2015 program year is imminent. My time as a MSC student is ending soon, and it seems fitting to conclude my blog posts as well to make room for the transitions and experiences to come. About six months ago I emailed MSC administration with

As the Sun Sets Over Us

I’ve been yawning a lot in class lately. One might assume this is because I am in the throes of the infamous MSC summer session—10 weeks of material executed in 6 weeks, and as many papers due in that time. This quarter has lived up to everything I heard about it, and in many ways

Practical Advice, concluded: Tuition Breakdown

To wrap up my mini-series of posts on practical matters, following is a bit of helpful information regarding tuition. Important to Know: Tuition is not billed in four equal segments; rather, it is billed per credit. Fall quarter (for domestic students) contains the most credits, and therefore it is more expensive than the subsequent three

Practical Advice, continued: Name Changes

Continuing my mini-series on practical matters (from my previous post), what follows is some insight into changing one’s name with the university. Many students may never need to deal with this, but I hope this information will be helpful to those who need it. If you previously attended Northwestern and are now reentering as a

Being a Student at NU—Some Practical Advice

Being a student again—especially at NU where I also did my undergraduate study—has been a terrific experience. I’ve enjoyed retracing my steps on campus, revisiting favorite spaces, and using all the new online systems (registering for classes used to be a much more laborious experience). However, being a student at times involves other matters such