I want to extend a welcome to all of the new students that are starting graduate programs at Marymount this week. I hope that this blog has provided some encouragement and useful information. I want to push all of you to network with everyone you can. While undergrad is mostly made up of students at the same point in their lives, grad school is more diverse.
Some of the best opportunities for career development can come from people that you meet in graduate school. The professors are also likely to be a better career resource because you are suddenly a better qualified candidate. Other students are often further along in their careers and can provide referrals. I also don’t want to disregard the friendship that can be made amongst classmates. I have been fortunate to have made some very good friends while at Marymount and am sure I’ll make more. I think one of MU’s greatest strengths is its people and now is the time to take advantage of that.
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Recently, my academic program hosted a meeting titled: Cybersecurity Summit. Invited to this meeting were current, former, and prospective students that are in or have an interest in Cybersecurity along with faculty from the cybersecurity program. This meeting was to discuss new options within the school including new specializations for the Master of Science degree and the idea of a Cybersecurity doctoral degree. The meeting was informative as well as interactive, that is, the meeting solicited the thoughts and opinions of the gathered stakeholders. I think the collaborative nature of the meeting shows some of the strength of the university. The program clearly values student input enough to set up a special meeting.
The meeting discussed other offerings in the region and how Marymount will be positioned with unique options in the cybersecurity field. These include master’s level intelligence, data science, and healthcare cybersecurity concentrations. The doctoral program the university is exploring is a Doctorate of Science (DSc). This would be a more application focused and less research focused program. There are a few other doctoral programs offered in the Capital region in technology. This was one of the parts where was a lot of back and forth discussion. Present in the group were alumni from of some of those other programs, most of them having been dissatisfied by what has been available. They were able to present an inside prospective on the strengths and weaknesses of those programs and how to prevent some of the pitfalls in a program at Marymount. I am glad that that the overall program is doing well to the point that is working on expansion and that the expatiation involves students in the process.
I just had my first S’Mores this summer! It’s hard to believe I have lived in the States for five years now and never had this all-American treat!
I love going to museums by myself.