Grad School Spotlight – Michelle Marquez, Master’s of Higher Education

Eller PDC Coordinator Alumni Stories

Michelle Marquez is currently completing a Master’s of Higher Education at the University of Arizona.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I decided to go to graduate school because I knew my general interests were in research and because my degree is a requirement for the profession I wanted when I applied for graduate school. I had asked for multiple letters of recommendation and navigate through GradApp. I had to provide my logistic information as well as a letter of intent.

What was the preparation and application process like? The application process took me a few months due to the response time for my letters of recommendation and school work.

What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding? The most challenging part about graduate school has been to manage my time more efficiently and to not get tunnel vision with my work. Studying what I am passionate about and to have the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field is truly rewarding.

What do you hope to do after you complete the program? After I finish my master’s program, I plan on joining the doctoral program in the same discipline.

What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree? I advise students who plan to pursue any graduate degree to do it because they have a genuine curiosity to learn. Many graduate students do not succeed because they are not passionate enough about what they study. Graduate work requires copious amounts of reading and writing research on one discipline. Therefore, it is imperative to enjoy getting a deeper understanding of your studies.