It can be daunting to even think about graduate school, let alone apply. Unfortunately, many students don’t consider grad school as being “right” for them, that they’re not the “type” to go to graduate school, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. People from all walks of life go to grad school, and an advanced degree might be a better fit than some people realize. This was part of the motivation behind a new initiative the Ball State University Graduate School debuted this school year—connecting current graduate to those considering graduate school. We’re calling them our Graduate School Recruiting Ambassadors.
They are all current grad students here at Ball State. In addition to their graduate schoolwork in the various colleges and programs in which they’re enrolled, the ambassadors have agreed to assist with recruitment to the colleges they currently call home. If you’re looking for information on grad school (how to apply, how to get funding or graduate assistantships, how to live as a grad student, etc.) there’s no better people to ask than the ambassadors. Our ambassadors are approachable, knowledgeable, and always willing to help. We are so excited to introduce them and invite those interested in learning more about graduate school to contact them.
Chelce Carter is a second year master’s student in the anthropology program, studying applied anthropology with a focus in domestic violence intervention and prevention. She has volunteered at two domestic violence shelters in Indiana, and plans to continue her work in the Delaware County area after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband and cat daughter and caring for her pride of barn cats on a small family farm.
Spencer is a second-year master’s student in the Communication Department, with a focus on media studies and the rhetoric surrounding HIV Disclosure. He received his bachelor’s from Bowling Green State University from the great land of Bowling Green, Ohio. He currently teaches COMM 210, the Fundamentals of Public Communication, and also serves as a coach for the Ball State Speech Team. His research interests include television and film studies and queer media, particularly when those two coincide.
Morgan Gross is a third-year student in the rhetoric and composition Ph.D. program and the graduate assistant director of the writing program. This semester, Morgan will be teaching ENG 213: Intro to Digital Literacies. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Southwestern University and a master’s in rhetoric and composition from Texas State University-San Marcos. She recently submitted for publication collaborative writing center research that examined the potential benefits of the “Habits of Mind” for tutoring practice and student learning. Besides writing center theory, practice and administration, Morgan’s research interests include composition pedagogy, critical theory and language diversity.
George Hickman is in the final year of his master’s program at Ball State in creative writing. At Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn., he studied philosophy and classics and was the president of his school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance. He also founded the first gender neutral housing on campus and worked with Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition to create anti-bullying legislation for LGBTQ students in the state of Pennsylvania. By teaching English 103 and 104 at Ball State, he aims to keep up the same advocacy for diversity by centering his courses around themes of family, gender and sexuality. As a creative writer, George has been published in “Fire & Ice,” “The Copperfield Review,” and “Louisville Review.” His current thesis explores the intersection between gender identity and place identity by juxtaposing characters who have moved away from their gender assigned at birth and characters who have moved away from their birthplace.
Flutist and educator Hilary Janysek has been featured as a soloist with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the Texas State University Orchestra and as the Victoria Bach Festival Young Artist. She frequently performs with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra as second flutist and assists with outreach programs. An enthusiastic educator, she has experience teaching all levels of students, from classroom settings to private lessons. Hilary is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Arts degree in flute performance at Ball State University, and is a graduate assistant in music history, where she teaches music appreciation. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas State University.
Since high school, Chelly has pursued counseling, and she is currently a first year Ph.D. student in Ball State’s counseling psychology program. She strongly values human relationships and lives by the phrase, “People need other people.” She constantly works toward strengthening her relationships with others, and she enjoys teaching others how to have healthier relationships in life, at work and in classroom settings. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ball State, and she was a double major at Anderson University in psychology and business administration for her bachelor’s. Chelly plans to run her own private practice after finishing her Ph.D., and she plans to transition to full-time university teaching when she is 50 years old.
Preston Radtke is a first-year student in the Center for Emerging Media Design and Development. Preston completed his undergraduate career at Ball State in spring of 2016. When he’s done with school Preston wants to work as a writer, or as an adaptive technology specialist.
Jes Wade is a second year graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in public administration. She attended Ball State for her undergraduate degree in telecommunications with minors in leadership, communications, and sociology. Jes founded the Cardinal Kitchen Food Pantry for Ball State students in 2014. She currently serves as the unit director. She has been an active member of the Ball State Women’s Rugby Club for the last five years and currently plays scrum half.
Robert Young was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Ind. He is a second year master’s student in English with a specialization in creative writing at Ball State, where he also completed his undergraduate degree. He was the lead poetry editor for the spring 2015 issue of “The Broken Plate,” Ball State’s undergraduate literary magazine. When he’s not teaching first-year writing courses or studying writing as a student, Robert enjoys writing poetry, fiction and hybrid works in between. His work has been published in “Noble/Gas Qtrly,” “Easy Street” and “Exceptions Journal,” and is forthcoming in “Midwestern Gothic.” Currently, he is working on a manuscript of hybrid work that combines different styles and genres that he enjoys.
With ambassadors in a range of programs, from creative writing and music performance to counseling and anthropology, they are ready to help. If you have any questions at all for any one of them—about graduate school in general, about their specific programs or if you just want to chat—they’ll have an answer. They’re working hard to inform students and professionals about graduate school. Whether you’re currently enrolled in a grad program, making the transition to a grad program, or only thinking about grad school as a possible path, don’t hesitate to get in touch with them.
This post was written by Ambassador Robert Young.