The Graduate Experience
Coming to a graduate program as a first-generation college student can be exciting, but also overwhelming. I did not understand what to fully expect out of a graduate program. After nearly finishing my first year as a graduate student, I was able to honor my past experiences and grow in new ones so far. I was able to bring a unique lens to the spaces that I inhabit.
I can finally digest and tell myself that one's experience is their own experience and there should not be a comparison to who's experience is lived "better". I was able to learn through my cohort (including Dr. T) that everyone's experiences shed a different light that leads us to learn from one another.
My cohort has given me a sense of belonging as when I first started, I felt as if it was a competition with one another. Dr.Tillapaugh created an open and safe space as one of my first professors within Cal Lutheran as a first-year graduate student. Dr. Tillapaugh created a space via Zoom to learn from another and always strived to find ways to help with our student success within our cohort. Through this space, I was able to dig deeper into finding out more about who I am and my purpose when servicing students. I was able to learn that everything is a process and not everything will click for us at that very instant moment. It's become a continuous process not only through my cohort but as well throughout the Cal Lutheran community.
My cohort has allowed me to empty my cup to make room for growth and professional development. Learning all of my cohort's purposes to continue this path has helped me dig more into my own about how it derives from the experiences we have as students and the mentors we've encountered throughout this journey. My cohort & Dr. T have helped me feel more confident in my story, identity, and purpose.
Anna Ching ‘23
- A Door Opens
Tue September 7, 2021
- Thank you, Student Support Services!
Fri August 20, 2021
- The Graduate Experience
Wed August 4, 2021
- Cal Lutheran Changed Everything
Wed June 9, 2021
- A Family Affair
Tue May 18, 2021
- Thank you, Cal Lutheran!
Mon April 26, 2021
- Donor redirects $4.8M for immediate impact
Wed January 20, 2021
In response to the economic challenges spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, former Hughes executive Steven Dorfman has decided to redirect $4.8 million donated to the California Lutheran University School of Management in order to immediately support students and entrepreneurship.
- Campaign brings in $1.9M and 100 stories
Wed May 27, 2020
After California Lutheran University revamped its annual online fundraiser in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it raised more than three times as much money as last year and brought to light more than 100 stories of students, faculty and staff caring for others.