Camelia Rubalcada

Why did you choose UNI?

I chose UNI because the program in Student Affairs is very practical and hands-on and not as theoretical and abstract as other institutions.

What's the best thing about UNI?

It is not too small or too large and its Division of Student Affairs provides wonderful opportunities to learn about the profession through practicums, internships and assistantships.


What surprised you the most about UNI?

I was surprised to see much more diversity on campus than I had expected.


How has your academic experience been? Tell us about any great classes or professors that inspired or challenged you. Are you happy with your major choice?

My academic experience has been challenging and insightful. I have been challenged in my writing and presentations by all my professors in this program and I can’t thank them enough. I truly believe that one needs to be challenged before reaching great expectations. Overall, this program has met my educational needs and I am very happy that I chose Student Affairs as my concentration.


Have you had an internship or learning experience outside of the classroom?

I had an opportunity this past summer to do an internship at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas in the Intercultural Center. One of my responsibilities included creating ideas for LGBT programming. I researched multiple institutions to get an understanding of the type of programs that were being utilized for those students. As a future student affairs professional, I chose to intern in this area because I believe that it is very important to know how to interact with many different individuals on campus. I wanted to demonstrate to my children that embracing everyone’s differences is essential to our everyday existence. Having this opportunity provided me with a deeper look into the struggles LGBT individuals are faced with and have to overcome. I am so grateful for such an opportunity that I wish more individuals would take the time to listen and learn from LGBT students. 


What do you like best about the major?

I admire the fact that professors in this program meet with students out of their ordinary schedule to help steer them and support them. Furthermore, I love the opportunities that are offered to students through the program to work in different departments within the Division of Student Affairs.    


Complete this sentence: At UNI, I am…

At UNI, I am challenged to be successful in my field of concentration and I enjoy meeting new and interesting people.


What advice would you give high school students getting ready for college?

I would tell high school students to really focus in their classes and to never be afraid to ask for extra help because college is not going to be any easier. In addition, I would advise them to work on their time management skills, note taking skills and test taking skills to succeed in college.   


Years from now, what will you remember most about UNI?

I will remember the friendly faces, the challenges and the support that UNI encompasses.   

Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs
Washington, Iowa