AU People

AU People Jessica Cabrera ’08 turned her extracurricular activities at Alfred University into a career path. “When I first arrived at Alfred University, I believed I wanted to pursue a journalism career,” says Jessica. “I quickly became involved in a number of activities on campus,” but it wasn’t until Dan Napolitano ’93, director of Student Activities, suggested it that she began to think about following in his footsteps. Jessica enrolled in a master’s program in higher and post-secondary education administration, ad hopes for a career in student affairs. “Being at Alfred University gave me the opportunity to shine, explore my interests, and really be myself,” says Jessica. “It may sound corny, but I grew up and became an adult while I was in Alfred. I really developed into a promising young woman my senior year.” Even though her course work keeps her busy, Jessica can’t give up her Alfred habit of being involved in activities outside the classroom. “I find time each week to tutor a student through the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University,” says Jessica. “The center provides academic tutoring for high school students in New York City who are from the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. The tutors are solely volunteers from the Columbia University community.” Her advice to other AU students? “Any students that are interested in pursuing a career in Student Affairs should take advantage of all the opportunities on AU’s campus. There is a phenomenal Student Affairs division in Alfred and working with them is the best practice and exposure you can get. Volunteer in one of their offices, participate in clubs/organizations, and take on leadership roles on campus. When considering graduate school, there are many Higher Education Administration programs across the country. Two organizations I would recommend are N.A.S.P.A. (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and A.C.P.A. (American College Personnel Association).”