As she finishes up her master’s of education in higher education and student affairs at Salem State University, Keriann Clinton, ’09, looks back at her Johnson State education, and particularly the Outdoor Education program, as having laid the groundwork for her ongoing success. “The experiential learning cycle comes up a great deal in my classes in relation to Student Development Theory. Additionally, the hands-on experience of program planning is something that puts me at a great advantage in this new field. I have many classmates coming to me to help them with planning activities for their colleges.”
While pursuing her degree, Keriann has been employed as a challenge course facilitator at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA and as a graduate practicum student in the GLBTA Pride Center at Bridgewater State University. At Bridgewater State, Keriann says, “I am assisting student workers and the Center’s Director on different programming for the campus. Personally, I am in the process of planning two sessions for the NEO Air conference at the Brown Center and possibly AEE and NASPA conferences. The first will be on planning activities specifically for college settings (new student orientation, RA programming, staff trainings, and pro-staff appropriate activities). The second is a presentation on being an ally for your LGBTQ participants that includes using gender-neutral language and new activities that encourage thought about stereotypes and assumptions. On a small side project, I have been working on creating an activity guide for student affairs professionals specific to higher education. This began as a quick write-up for Merrimack College’s Residence Life program and has been growing and growing.” The hands-on, experience-based education she received at JSC has prepared her well for this path and for a bright future!