Educational Studies Testimonial By Brent Robinson
Where you are from?
Brent Robinson Long Beach, CA
What Program did you complete?
I completed a BA in Educational Studies with a minor in Media Communications.
Why did you chose to attend Webster University?
I chose WU for a couple of reasons. Webster has name recognition across the world, small class sizes and an intimate main campus, and probably most important, Webster’s Global Citizenship Program that helps prepare their students to confront global problems and 21st century challenges.
What advice would you have for someone who thinks they might be interested in pursuing an Educational Studies degree?
My advice for anyone that wants to pursue an EDST degree is to keep your options open and think outside the box. This degree is designed for students who want to teach but don’t want to do it in the traditional sense inside a classroom. Explore your options, take courses that vary in interest, and most important, pick a senior internship that is going advance your understanding with the current issues in education today.
What appealed to you most regarding your time at Webster?
The thing that appealed to me most during my time at Webster was the engagement with the faculty in the School of Education. I had the great privilege of being the student worker in their office. It was here that I got a sense of how dedicated and committed this specific group of educators were to ensuring maximum success. The professors worked timelessly to make sure every student had the tools required to navigate their courses.
Describe the course that has helped you most from the Educational Studies program and why?
There were many courses that have helped me: Senior Overview, Economic and Geographic Sustainability, and Philosophy of Education; however the course I probably benefited the most from was Dr. Victoria McMullen’s Education of Students with Exceptionalities. The course and the way she presented it really gave you an understanding of the current state of education in the United States, the diverse population I would face as I embarked on a career in Education, and the adversity many students overcome to get a fair and equal education.
Tell us about an outstanding professor you had during your time at Webster?
How could I name just one? There were several. I have to say Dr. Ted Green always went above and beyond. Dr. Green was not only my advisor but he oversaw my Senior Internship. He never accepted the status-quo and always pushed me to dig deeper and produce better results. He was encouraging when I needed it and he was hard on me when he knew I could do better. This dichotomy was exactly what a student like me needed in both an advisor and professor.
Tell us about completing your internship as part of your major and how this helped you after you graduated?
I completed a 135 hour internship at Grabber School of Hair Design. This 135 hours really let me experience what my future employment would look like. This experience also gave me an opportunity to draw parallels between what I had been learning in class and real world experience. The experience helped me post-graduation because I was able to carry the knowledge acquired there into my current professional life.
Tell us how your degree is helping you now?
Before I attended Webster I couldn’t get certain employers to look at my resume or see me for interviews; as soon as I completed the EDST program and resubmitted my resumes I was amazed. Employers that weren’t interested became interested, jobs I never thought I would get with no experience were calling, and I was getting interviews and offers from multiple positions. I don’t think any of this would be possible without obtaining my BA.
Did you use financial aid? How was the process?
I used financial aid and the process was essentially painless. I encourage all students to really do their due diligence and apply to every scholarship the University offers that they qualify for. The Academic Scholarship offered to me by Webster at the time of my acceptance was the defining factor in choosing Webster as a school.
Did you transfer credit in?
I transferred to Webster after obtaining my A.A.T. at STLCC Forest Park. The transfer process was seamless; all of my credits transferred. My recommendation to students who are interested in transferring is to call the school with the curriculum from your junior college and see what classes you are taking and if the new school will accept them. This is the best way to make sure you are taking classes that are conducive to your new program.
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