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Creating Knowledge Through Real-World Applications
I enjoyed the real-world applications that not only aided me in my practicum and graduate assistantships but have continued to influence my professional approach in the field of enrollment management.
Janessa Dunn
Higher Education Administration
M.Ed. '15
Assistant Director of Admissions
Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Admissions

As a Senior Admissions Counselor for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Vanderbilt, I recruit and evaluate first-year and transfer applicants for students in the Midwest region. My role has provided a platform for me to lead on-campus programs that provide tangible, high-impact resources for low-to-middle income students and their families through college search programs specifically geared toward access and affordability. I also help recruit some of the best and brightest students in the nation who represent a diverse array of racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and life backgrounds and experiences.

The Higher Education Administration program at Peabody stretched me in ways that I could not have fathomed. I had the wonderful opportunity to delve into higher education policy, data assessment, and the economic impact that higher education institutions have had on the national and global economies for decades. This has allowed me to be more fine-tuned, or strategic, in my current role as an admissions counselor and to advocate for our upcoming generation, specifically for underrepresented populations. Most of all, I enjoyed the real-world applications that not only aided me in my practicum and graduate assistantships but have continued to influence my professional approach in the field of enrollment management. I am very grateful for the Peabody faculty, fellow graduate students, and staff members with whom I had the opportunity interact and learn from during my graduate experience.