UWF Grad School Expo gives students opportunities, next steps toward success
By Jamie Calvert
“So, what’s next after graduation?”
The words that no college student wants to hear.
Thankfully, the Office of Career Development and Community Engagement can help you with what comes after you walk across that stage, toss your cap and transition into adulthood.
On Wednesday, the office hosted their Professional and Graduate School Expo. Its goal was to generate interest for students, specifically juniors and seniors, to continue their education beyond the undergraduate level.
“Our mission as an office is to ensure students have access to the necessary information in order for them to take the next step,” Stephanie Dwyer, assistant director of Employee Connections said. “Whether that is to obtain an internship, decide on a major, find a job, or identify a graduate program.”
Many schools were invited, mostly from the state of Florida. However, surrounding southern states were represented, with campuses like Mississippi State and the University of Alabama tabling and sharing information.
“We invite a variety of graduate schools, programs, and professional organizations to attend and share their opportunities,” Dwyer said.
“It’s a great opportunity for me as someone who recently graduated,” Kharas Denson, a member of the UWF Class of 2018, said. “I finished here at UWF in May but I’m still unsure of my next step. I got to talk to a bunch of different schools and learned about programs that I’d never even heard of, but they piqued my interest. Now, thanks to this, I know my options and I really want to pursue graduate school and study business and marketing.”
Students that have benefited from the fair in the past came back to help volunteer and encourage others to participate.
“I’m in the graduate program here now and I learned about it from a grad expo two years ago,” graduate student Cymone Samuels said. “I was kind of in this transitional period where I knew I wanted to move further in my education but didn’t know where to go. I’m lucky that UWF had the exact program that I wanted, the faculty are knowledgeable, and they actually care about my success as a professional.”
To learn more about the Office of Career Development and Community Engagement, visit uwf.edu/career