The Vermont Connection


Hang Q. Mai


The path to a career in student affairs is rarely a simple one. Aspiring professionals come into this field from many different institutional and educational backgrounds and for a myriad of reasons, but as unique as each of these individuals are, they share some similarities. Framed by literature on both general career decisions and those specific to student affairs and higher education, this article tracks the path of a Canadian student on his journey through an American graduate program. As the author approaches graduation, he reflects on the choices that led him to where he is today, the choices that will guide his next steps in the profession, and the implications those choices have for other Canadian students who wish to enter the field.