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Melissa Grove

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Melissa Grove

Hometown: Lyman, Maine
Undergraduate Institution/degree received: B.A. in Psychology, Wheaton College
LSOE program and concentration: M.A., Higher Education, concentration in Student Affairs

What did you do before studying at LSOE?

After graduating from Wheaton College in 2007, I worked as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for two years at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. AmeriCorps is similar to the Peace Corps, except you serve within the United States. I then continued at the University of New England as an Admissions Counselor for one year before coming to BC.

What are your research interests?

My areas of interest in higher education are orientation, civic engagement/service learning, and student activities.

What led you to pursue graduate studies at the Lynch School of Education?

The dedication to service that Boston College has overall was the first draw for me, but LSOE specifically has many faculty members with experience in the areas of higher education that I knew I was interested in. I also knew that being in the Boston area would provide a greater variety of graduate assistantships, the ability to learn about many different types of institutions, and opportunities for professional development.

How have you gained practical experience at the Lynch School of Education?

I have a Graduate Assistantship at Boston University in the Student Activities Office. During my first year, I was the graduate assistant for the programming council where I advised the 6-person executive board and the large events they put on for BU’s 16,000 undergraduates. I was promoted to be the graduate assistant for BU Central. Here, I oversee 10 student employees and a programming space where students  study, socialize, and attend free programming such as concerts and comedians shows. At the time of admission BC provided a list of graduate assistantships throughout the Boston area, and this was one of the positions on the list.

What are your career goals?

I hope to work in any of my areas of interest for my next job, whether as a coordinator of programs, or as an assistant director. Ultimately, I would like to become a director of student activities and/or orientation. My long range plans include earning a Ph.D., becoming a dean of students, teaching, and pursuing public policy issues as they relate.