Rabeya Rahman (M.A., American)
Department Administrator, Honors Living-Learning Community, RU-N
Q: What did you like about the program?
A: The program is designed to be flexible without losing the core components. As a result, the program adapted to me. After completing the recommended coursework, I began to pursue external opportunities that complemented my interests. The program structure, staff, and faculty encouraged such pursuits and allowed me to create my own secondary concentration with ease. My experience would not have been as complete without that flexibility.
Q: What was the greatest strength of the program?
A: I perceived the program to be very adaptable to a student’s individualistic needs. Students without the proper background or have interests that do not conform to a known category are welcomed in the program and are assisted, supported, and encouraged. All students leave the program having been educated as historians, but most importantly, without having to sacrifice their interests, academically or professionally.
Q: How did your experience in the Master’s program influence your choices concerning further education or work?
A: I received a unique opportunity to become part of the staff for the history department, in which I helped the professors that once helped me and positively guided other graduate students through the program. During the program and after, I had the most fortunate opportunity to work with staff and faculty that portrayed the professionalism I hope to emulate in both my professional and academic careers.
Q: Do you have any advice for current graduate students?
A: Take advantage of your resources. This includes your professors, who are there to serve as mentors or advisors as you create your presence in the program; your campus, because the opportunities only increase when you get involved; and lastly, your peers, to help you through the struggles and achievements of the program, and perhaps, become friends along the journey.
Q: What would you recommend about the program?
A: I would recommend the program in its entirety. The people are supportive, approachable, and knowledgeable about their field, while the coursework will hone your writing and research skills. Academically or professionally, the program will prepare you.
Describe your experience in three (3) words or phrases:
Truly, a life-changing opportunity.