Claire Minor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Claire MinorWhat brought you to UW–Madison?

I studied abroad a few different times throughout undergrad [at Arizona State], and these trips were some of the highlights of my educational experience. I have always enjoyed gaining insight on cultures, ideas, and worldviews that are different from my own. I also had many opportunities to intern and student teach in various classrooms, where I learned quite a lot about the strengths of our country’s education system, as well as areas for improvement. I feel that my time in the Global Higher Ed program will allow me to learn more about the world around me and gain insight on how to be the most well-rounded student, team-member, mentor, leader, and person possible.

"I am really looking forward to getting back into a routine and having people to hold me accountable, such as professors and members of my cohort!"

What are you most looking forward to at UW–Madison?

I am most looking forward to making connections. I am very excited to get to know my advisor, my professors, and the members of my cohort on a deeper level throughout the next two semesters. I am also eager to get to know the city a bit better. Madison is full of diversity, culture, and life, and I can’t wait to jump right in!

How do you feel going into fall semester?

While I am extremely excited to begin my master’s program and to commence being a student at UW–Madison (go Badgers!), I am a bit apprehensive about how everything will go down amid the pandemic. I have always been a very social, outgoing person, and I thrive on connections with my peers, professors, and community. I can’t help but wonder whether having classes online will inhibit me from making those connections. With that being said, I believe I can be successful if I continue to reach out, communicate, and utilize campus resources, and I also recognize that whether or not I am successful is largely up to me. I am really looking forward to getting back into a routine and having people to hold me accountable, such as professors and members of my cohort!

"I have made it a personal goal this year to be proactive about reaching out to others, whether it be regarding classes, professionalism and networking, building a community, or just getting the support I need to stay healthy and successful."

What will your focus be this semester?

My focus this semester will be to communicate. I will admit that one of my weaknesses is keeping in touch with people. I have made it a personal goal this year to be proactive about reaching out to others, whether it be regarding classes, professionalism and networking, building a community, or just getting the support I need to stay healthy and successful.

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