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ACCESS, Coordinator/Counselor
Individualized Major
Class Year: 
Community College of RI

Melisa came to RWU as a Secondary Education major, but soon into her college career, she decided to go in a different direction—Higher Education Administration. While it’s not a major we offer, because RWU is small enough, Melisa was able to create her own, truly interdisciplinary major with courses in business, education, anthropology/sociology and psychology. She took internships with RWU administrators, became an RA, was a member of the Multicultural Student Union and SAFE, on the Bias Response Team and a PEER educator. The result?  Melisa had her choice of seven graduate programs, and chose Michigan State—one of the top schools in the country for Student Affairs Administration. After graduating from MSU and moving back to RI in 2013, she was immediatley hired by one of our neighboring institutions.