The heart of NYU Wagner's programs is our faculty. An amalgam of full-time, clinical/research/visiting, and adjunct professors, they are outstanding teachers, expert researchers and committed practitioners.
Being Co-Chair of Wagner Environmental Policy & Action (WEPA) was really a great experience to work with other students, faculty and experts who were passionate about similar issues. I not only felt like my efforts were worthwhile in bringing important issues to light for students at Wagner, but also provided a great personal learning experience.
My very first experience in the mental health services field was as a volunteer intern at a community mental health center. Experiencing the service delivery issues from within the system first hand has definitely been instrumental in helping to form my career goals.
Being a member of the UPSA board was an amazing opportunity to meet friends and network. I made more contacts by organizing events than by attending them.
I worked with OCS to refine my resume and learn how to tailor it to each job I applied for. I realized that there were common threads between what seemed like loosely related activities I had done prior to Wagner, and with OCS' advice, I was able to weave them into a cohesive story.
Through my internship, I was able to attend a conference which taught me a whole host of other issues related to domestic violence and during which I met various practitioners working with the issue on different levels, like social service delivery, legal issues, and activism.
OCS was amazing at helping me to enhance and emphasize organization specific experiences on my resume and cover letter.
I have found attending outside events to be particularly helpful. At some events, I have been one of the only students in a room full of successful people working in my field. While it can be scary to talk with people in that situation, often people talk to me if they see Wagner on my nametag or because they are interested in talking to young people or new people attending the event.
I have been in the work world for awhile, but I realize when you're job hunting and interviewing, you can never know too much about leaving a favorable impression with a prospective employer.
My membership in the American Public Health Association (APHA) has given me opportunities to keep up with developments in my field, to expand content knowledge, and to network with leaders within the field of mental health services research. Not only have I attended conferences sponsored by APHA, but I have had the opportunity to present my research findings at a recent conference, allowing me to showcase what I can bring to the field.
One important part of school is interacting with people, learning more about issues and topics you wouldn't seek out on your own. I am much more interested in the technical aspects of research than I realized, and as a result I am considering pursuing a research focused degree after Wagner.