“As many of my students graduated and moved on to college, I found that most of them came to me for guidance and direction, whether it was related to financial aid, housing or scheduling,” she said. “I found myself spending a great deal of personal time assisting these students with their higher education concerns.”
Armelin began to feel a call to pursue a graduate degree in student personnel services/student affairs in higher education through Northwestern State University’s Department of Education Leadership and Technology. She was awarded her Master of Arts degree Friday, May 10 during the university’s spring commencement.
Armelin is a native of Baldwin and earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Dillard University in New Orleans.
She already has a job as vice president/director of program initiatives with a non-profit based in Atlanta.
“It felt like a logical step toward my career progression to pursue a degree in the field of student personnel services/student affairs in higher education that would allow me to work in an environment that is dedicated to helping students enter college and remain enrolled through to degree completion,” she said.
“My experience with the SPS program at NSU has been amazing. In terms of the instructional material, I have learned so many things about the field of higher education and how its practice is so far-reaching and impactful to building the kind of college community that every institution wants to be in order to ensure student success,” she said.
“In terms of my instructors and those I have had the great honor with which to interact, I have been nurtured and encouraged to perform at optimal levels in order to make this experience meaningful. All in all, I must say that this has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life and has added to my holistic development on both a personal and professional level.”
Northwestern State’s Department of Education Leadership and Technology offers Master of Arts degrees in adult education, counseling and student affairs in higher education.
Master of Education degrees are offered in education leadership, technology leadership for K-12 teachers and technology Leadership for workforce development.
Specialist degrees are available in education leadership, education technology leadership and special education.
Degree programs are tailored for individuals interested in working at K-12 schools, higher education and other settings.
All degrees are online except for the master’s in counseling. About 50 percent of the counseling courses are available online.