March 2013 - Student of the Month - Joseph Musumeci

Joseph Musumeci, a Master of Education in Higher Education student, is the March 2013 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Musumeci: Toms River, New Jersey

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Musumeci: I attended Rowan University and majored in Communication Studies.

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Musumeci: This is a tricky question, as I do not necessarily have a specific reason. During my search of graduate schools, I had more of a gut feeling that this was the place I should come. I followed that feeling and certainly believe it was the right choice, as my experience here has been wonderful. I mean, hey, “You’re in a great place”, right?

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Musumeci: Master of Education in Higher Education

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Musumeci: Well, the plan is to find a job in student affairs at a college or university. My current interests are in student activities or counseling, so the hope is to pursue employment in one of those areas.

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

Musumeci: For me, my own personal development is really the most important thing I have accomplished here at the University of Maine. In less than 2 years, I have gained a tremendous amount of experience in a field I knew almost nothing about. I have also learned so much more about myself as a person, and that knowledge is invaluable.

Graduate School: What is the highlight of your academic experience so far?

Musumeci: Networking and speaking to other professionals in student affairs to learn more about the inner-workings at institutions of higher education. The experience gained from all of the outside-of-the-classroom opportunities really helps to relate to all the academic work. I very much enjoyed interning and working for the Upward Bound program this past summer at the University of Maine and also working at UMA-Bangor last year, because it is such a great environment. Those experiences may very well carry on through my career.

Graduate School: What is your favorite place on campus?

Musumeci: Stodder Hall. There is something about the community of people who live there that is just so diverse and supportive. There is always something happening, so it is definitely my favorite place to be.

Graduate School: What awards or other significant recognition (both on or off-campus) have you received since beginning your degree program?

Musumeci: I am just happy if someone recognizes me in general, like if they remember my name because I helped them out once. That is always a good feeling.

Graduate School: What other important information about yourself would you like us to know?

Musumeci: I will be interning with the Dean of Students next semester, so I am excited about that! And then, the plan is to graduate and move on to a new chapter in my life. Wish me luck!