Miranda Gelb, M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration
Current occupation: Admissions Officer at Mercy College of Ohio
What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?
The moment I began working in higher education, I knew that was my calling! Admissions specifically has been so incredibly rewarding with helping students begin their new career. I wanted to be able to further my career to gain more extensive knowledge on how to best support the next generation of leaders as well as develop myself as a leader.
Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?
Tiffin University offered me the flexibility to obtain my degree even while working full time. The small class sizes have helped me to grow as a professional as well as a student.
What has been your experience with the program so far?
Even with being a millennial, I thought I was going to be amazing with the technology and ability to balance everything! However, I quickly realized that unless I established my own personal goals, I would lose sight of them. I have now learned that the sticky notes app on your laptop is the best thing in the world because I can write motivational quotes and balance my busy schedule.
How has your experience been with faculty and your cohort?
Amazing! Everyone has been so supportive with feedback and studying. I know that all of my professors as well as cohort are there to fall back to. I’m always happy to meet new students in classes but I always miss interacting with those who have completed their program (but yay we are so proud of you!!!)
How are you juggling work, life and going back to school? Any tips?
Buy a planner! I can honestly say that I keep mine on me at all times. You have to dedicate the time for everything and, while that feels like it gets old, I promise you it will help in the long run!
What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?
Knowing that this will absolutely change my life for the better! It can be difficult with work, school, a social life, etc. I remind myself with each discussion post and PowerPoint that the knowledge I am gaining today will develop a future leader tomorrow!
What advice would you give to a prospective student who is thinking about going back to school?
PLEASE just do it! There is never a “perfect” time to go back to school and there never will be.
TU’s motto is: Without risk there is no gain. Can you tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you gained from it?
I always lived by this quote: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide
If you never take the jump or say yes without all of the information, you truly missing out on so many opportunities! Say yes more and enjoy the journey that lies in wait.
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