My name is Deborah Crowley (Deb) and I live in Leicester Massachusetts. I graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA in 1987 with a double major in English and Psychology. Presently I am working at Becker College in Worcester, in the Academic Affairs office. Since graduating from Assumption I have worked in the insurance industry, publishing, and as a part-time librarian for a small elementary school in Worcester. This part-time position gave me the time to raise my two wonderful daughters. My daughter Samantha just graduated from high school and will be attending Endicott College in the fall. My daughter Rachel is entering her senior year in high school. After leaving my part-time position as a librarian, I began working at Becker College as an Administrative Assistant. I thoroughly enjoy my position at Becker and particularly like working in the Academic Affairs office. Not only because of the actual administrative work that I perform, but also because of the academic environment. Becker College is always striving to improve curriculum, courses and programs for the students to enhance their minds and or careers. Additionally the people at Becker College are absolutely fabulous, friendly and extremely knowledgeable in their area of expertise.
It is my goal, that by taking courses in this programs, I will be able to gain a better understanding of higher education and will then hopefully be able to contribute to my position in Academic Affairs at Becker College. I believe it is important to continually educate oneself and have always aspired to obtain my masters degree. I am hopeful that by doing so, my professional career will be enhanced. The timing to obtain my masters degree was slightly premature and was jump started by my position at Becker College and the need to improve my skills and knowledge base. I hope in the near future (i.e. 3-5 years) what I have learned in the masters program will be valuable to my career and Becker College.
Already I have learned a great deal about higher education, however I must admit initially the hardest part was learning about technology with an on line course. The first couple weeks were spent figuring out how to post in discussion groups, design a presentations, retrieve academic journals from the library website and write a paper (APA style with citations….wow!). My brain was overloaded!!! Now I know what college students go through!