Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall is Finally Here!! What's New with Grad Studies/GSA!!

Greetings All!!

 I hope you are all off to a great start of the semester!!! I can’t believe that October 1st will soon be here. We have been very busy in the Office of Graduate Studies. Recruiting season is upon us. Many of us are out and about traveling to different colleges and meeting prospective students. What an exciting time in admissions!!!

We are busy at home too, with our next Graduate Open House on October 13 in Sykes! If you are a prospective student, this is a wonderful night to come and have your questions answered by our recruiters. Programs Coordinators will be present from each of our 70+ programs. You will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from Financial Aid as well as learn more about Graduate Assistantship opportunities! This is also a great chance to get your application fee waivers! This code will save you the $50 application fee.  Register for our October 13th event here: Here!

This is also a beautiful time of year to tour our campus. It is one of my duties as a Graduate Assistant to take prospective students on a tour of our campus. This is an excellent way to see each of the buildings that you will need to be familiar with as a graduate student at West Chester. Tours take place every day at 11AM and 2PM. Register for a Grad Studies Tour by clicking Here!!



Check out what else is new at West Chester University!!




Congratulations to the new executive board members of the GSA Sarah Tansits and LaShae Peterson!!!

Sarah Tansits will be the new GSA secretary and LaShae will be our new GSA Member at Large.

(Sarah Tansits- GSA Secretary)



                                                   (LaShae Peterson-Member at Large)






Homecoming will take place on Friday, October 21, 2016-Sunday, October 23, 2016

Homecoming will begin with a Kickoff Party on Friday, October 21, 2016 with lots of food, beer, and wine!!!

On Saturday, October 22, 2016 The Homecoming Parade will begin at 10am in front of Sykes Student Union

A Pre-Game Food Festival will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 12-3pm in R Lot. The Food Festival will feature a DJ, games, food trucks, and beer!!!

Kickoff will begin at 2pm on Saturday, October 22, 2016




The GSA will be hosting Graduate Student Social at the Twenty9 Restaurant and Bar on Friday, November 18, 2016!!!

Early Bird Tickets Will Be On Sale Soon!!!



Have a great day, everyone! And enjoy your Fall breaks (October 10-11)!!

Caroline & Courtney

Graduate Assistants for the Office of Graduate Studies

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome Back Graduate Students!!!!

Hi, I am Caroline Bush.

Hello to everyone reading! Welcome back to all students, faculty, staff and members of the WCU community! I am thrilled to begin my third semester as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Graduate Studies. I am equally as excited to begin another term that will bring me one step closer to earning my Master’s degree.
It is a wonderful feeling getting back to campus and back to another year. There have been many changes to our office and to our campus over the last few months.

I am excited to welcome the many new faces to our office. Two of these faces are new to the office but I have had the pleasure of getting to know them over the last year in class as part of the Higher Education/Student Affairs program. GSA President and Graduate Studies Intern, Michael Diaz is joining our team and I am excited to share an office with him this year!

The office has also welcomed another Graduate Assistant, Courtney Wilson! Courtney came to us during the Spring 2016 semester and has been a wonderful addition to the office. Courtney will join me in updating this blog from time to time.

Sykes Student Union, our neighboring building, has added a brand new entrance on the rear of the building which faces the parking lot. In addition, the College of Business and Public Affairs building, which broke ground in October of 2014 is on its way to completion and is set to open in just a few months! (January 2017) The building will be home to 4,000 students and 100 faculty members.

Finally, West Chester’s football field has received a major facelift! Take a look at the before and after photos posted below. You can read more about the transformation here:

Hi, I am Courtney Wilson

Hello all and welcome back to a new and exciting year at the WCU! I hope you are all as excited as I am to begin a new school year. I know I am (especially since it is my last year).

It has been honor and a warming experience to work as a Graduate Assistant with the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies welcomed me with open arms and made me feel very comfortable. I am elated that I have the opportunity to serve as the Office of Graduate Studies as the Graduate Assistant.

In addition to my newly found position with the Office of Graduate Studies, West Chester has also added new additions to the campus.  

Congratulations to the Multicultural Center for their $250,000 endowment from the Student Services, Incorporated. The Multicultural Center will be named the Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center. The Center will be dedicated on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) will be hosting a Graduate Student Welcome Back Barbecue that will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The Barbecue will take place at McKelvie Hall Lawn - 102 W. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383. All graduate students are welcome and students are allowed to invite no more than three family members. RSVP at The barbecue will be a great opportunity for students to meet new people, connect with the GSA board, and to enjoy some FREE food.

The Fall Involvement Fair, organized by the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, will take place on Wednesday September 7, 2016 from 11-3pm on the Academic Quad! The start of a new semester is a great time to get involved on campus. There are more than 293 organizations to choose from at West Chester University. Businesses, and Student Affairs offices will also be present to answer questions. The Office of Grad Studies will have a table on the quad that afternoon. Come find us and learn about the many programs that we have to offer! And of course, who wouldn’t want free food, drink and giveaways!

Also new to West Chester this semester: Look for the new Bike Sharing Program! There will be a Grand Opening of the Bike Share Program on Wednesday August 31, 2016 from 2-3pm beside Allegheny Hall. You can learn more about the program and how it works by following the link here: and

On behalf of the staff at McKelvie Hall, I would like to wish everyone a successful and productive semester!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time Management

As we are nearing the end of another semester of academics, it is not uncommon to feel burdened by a larger than average work load. The holidays are coming and deadlines are fast approaching. I know that my calendar is looking pretty heavy right about now. Balancing assignments for GA, school, and work as well as family duties, a social life, and sleep can be challenging at times.

Life as a graduate student can be significantly more demanding than it previously was when I was an undergraduate student. My teachers expect more of me at this point in my academic career. I am taking on new tasks at my GA (that will be revealed in a later blog). I live closer to home and try to make time to see family each weekend. I am also trying to work as often as I possibly can at my other job. This is where time management has become more important than ever before.

A few of important tools that I use to keep myself organized are the following:

1)      My weekly/monthly planner: I am an extremely visual person. Before the beginning of each week I look ahead to what needs to be accomplished. I schedule time to meet with classmates/advisors/ and teachers. I create my work schedules for the week. I look at due dates for assignments that are approaching in the need week or two. I block off time to study and read for each class. I block off time for family. I block off time to watch the Eagles and The Walking Dead each week (these are absolutely necessary).


2)      My to-do list: I carry around with me a master to do list of every single thing on my brain that needs to be accomplished in the near future. If I ever have a free moment to spare, I take out my list and see if I can cross something off.


3)      My expandable folder: I discovered a long time ago that I am the type of person who needs to have multi-subject notebooks and folders. By keeping an expandable folder with me, I always have every important piece of information from class/work with me. I am always ready to pull out something to study if I find that I have a free hour in the middle of the day.

Here is a website that I found helpful when thinking about how I manage my own time. It provides great strategies to apply to your own schedule.

Finish the semester strong, everyone!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Meet the New Grad Assistant!

Hello to anyone reading! My name is Caroline and I am so excited to get this chance to connect with the WCU Grad community through this blog! It is my responsibility to keep you informed on what is going on in West Chester. You will have the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of myself, a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs.

It has been a transition from small town Bloomsburg, PA where I completed my Bachelor’s degree to West Chester, PA, a town with a little more hustle and pep and close proximity to Philadelphia. The pace of grad school is a definite change as well! Classes meet just once a week for three hours. I am spending my mornings working in the Office of Graduate Studies as a Graduate Assistant, getting my feet wet in the Student Affairs world. On top of all of this, I am working part time catering at various locations in the Philadelphia area. 

Classes have been fantastic so far. Already, I have a better understanding of what it means to be a counselor. Teachers have been inspiring. Classmates have been friendly and eager to work alongside me. The work load is challenging, but interesting. 

 I have been fortunate to meet and work with such an amazing staff in McKelvie Hall, where the Office of Graduate Studies is located (on Rosedale Ave. next to Sykes Student Union). Here, it is my job to help process graduate applications, assist with tours, maintain social media, and visit other colleges to recruit at graduate fairs. It has been a wonderful experience so far and I look forward to the next few months when graduate applications start to pour in. 

I would love to answer any questions that you may have! Please feel free to comment below if there is anything specific that you would like me to cover on my next post. Thanks for reading!!