Student Perceptions

Abby Siegel

Undergraduate Student
Bachelor's Degree Expected: 2017

I have gained an understanding of the sector that I did not have coming into college, as well as developed communication and leadership skills along the way. I have seen the program become more academically challenging during my time at MSU, and I think the program is headed in a great direction!

Dr. Bob Long's course on leadership development allowed me to grow as a leader and learn more about my introverted self. Dr. Peter Weber's course on international development challenged me to look at international aid completely different than I did previously. Both challenged me to think about myself and how I can use my skills and passions in this sector. They challenged me to grow as a leader by changing the way I think about the world, myself, and others.


Ryan Clark

Graduate Student
Master's Degree Expected: 2017

The nonprofit sector is very diverse. There are many different career paths a graduate of the program can take. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Leisure Services from Murray State, and I have an interest in the outdoors and conservation. The nonprofit sector is heavily involved with conservation and increasing public awareness regarding environmental issues across the globe. I feel a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Leadership Studies greatly compliments my degree in Recreation and Leisure Services. I plan on using my Master's Degree in NLS to work for an environmental or recreational organization.


Maria Schauberger

Undergraduate Student
Bachelor's Degree Expected: 2018

I have found that the classes which integrate service learning as a major component have given me a better opportunity to take what I have learned in the classroom and have hands-on experiences that will help me feel much more prepared upon graduation. The faculty have always been willing to help me in any way they can, and I have always felt comfortable communicating with them.


Prudence Torian

Graduate Student
Master's Degree Expected: 2017

I've always wanted to work with the nonprofit sector but needed the academic background as well as to gain a better understanding of the infrastructure of how nonprofits function. I look forward to learning, growing, making new connections within the sector, and eventually being knowledgeable to the point that I can start my own nonprofit organization.

I've truly enjoyed learning new insights regarding the nonprofit sector, connecting with peers who are like-minded in their professional ambitions within the nonprofit sector, networking, and being able to tailor my classes to meet my own professional interests.