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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


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