Interview with Michelle Salvagno: Part One

This is the first post of a two-post interview with graduating Warner student, Michelle Salvagno.

What is your program?

I’m in the Higher Education (Student Affairs concentration) Master’s program here at Warner.

What did you study as an undergraduate?

For my undergrad, I studied Communication and Business Administration at SUNY Potsdam. Plus, I was a Resident Assistant during my undergrad! It was an great chance for me to work for the campus and problem-solve outside the classroom.

 What made you decide to come to Warner?

After speaking with Lynne Kirst at a Grad School Fair, I came to Warner because of the personalized attention they were able to provide me. I felt personally welcomed and encouraged to become part of the Warner community, and that professors would know me as an individual. During my interview day here, LeChase had recently come on-line and I remember an alarm going off. I stood outside chatting and sharing my umbrella with Dr. Stephanie Waterman — its one of my favorite memories. 🙂

What activities have you been involved in on-campus?

When I came to campus, I participated in the undergraduate Pep Band, which was a blast! I did marching band in high school, and wanted to get back to that excitement of being in the stadium! Also, when I arrived the current students at Warner welcomed new students to HESA events and nights out for dinner. Establishing those friendships was very important, and I was pleased to help co-chair HESA this year with Jenn Pedersen. We’ve planned some social hours, study sessions, and collaborated on a International Mother Languages Day event with the Warner Graduate Student Association.

What jobs or internships have you held?

Oh man, these have been the highlight of my time here! I have worked as a Graduate Head Resident with Residential Life for the past two years. I supervise a staff of 12 absolutely amazing RAs, and am responsible for a first-year building. My RAs come from all backgrounds and majors, and are so hardworking! I’m proud to know them.

I also worked as a Graduate Assistant for Warner Admissions for about 8 months, connecting with prospective students, providing tours of campus, and recruiting at graduate school fairs!

For my academic internship (a component of my degree program), I interned at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)’s office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. The team over there was so welcoming and happy to have me in the office. I sat in on advocacy trainings, behavioral seminars, and multiple student conduct hearings, a very important component of working in Residential Life.

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