Admissions Office Graduate Assistants

FA12GACandaceColemanpictureCandace Coleman
Graduate program: Audiology

About Candace: I graduated from Seneca High School (near Joplin) in 2008. In May 2012 I completed my bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis in Audiology from Missouri State. Currently I am pursuing my doctoral degree in Audiology and serving as a graduate assistant in the Office of Admissions. My responsibilities include interacting with high school students, assisting in office projects, and working with high school counselors.

What were you involved with at Missouri State: During my undergraduate career, I was involved in Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, University Ambassadors, Honors College, and Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR).

Best advice for future students: Coming to college can be overwhelming at first. Try not to let your nerves get the best of you though: remember that all of the other students are going through the same experiences. Even though they might be hiding it, they’re nervous too. So relax and realize that you’re not alone in the adventure.

Kelly JamesKelly James

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Graduate Program: Student Affairs in Higher Education

About Kelly: I graduated from Jackson High School (near Cape Girardeau) in 2010. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in May of 2014 and am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program. My current responsibilities as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Admissions include working with the Campus Visit Desk, interacting with prospective students and family members as well as helping coordinate special visit days.

What were you involved with at Missouri State: As an undergraduate student I was involved in a number of organizations and programs on campus. I was involved in Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR), Peer Leaders, Emerging Leaders, and Rho Lambda.

Advice for future students: Make sure to learn your study habits and time management skills now. There is no time like the present to educate yourself on what is going to help you succeed while you are in college. In the beginning, the process of taking classes and getting involved on campus can be overwhelming and scary. However, if you master the skills of time management and study habits before beginning school you will be that much ahead of everyone else. With that said educate yourself on the important aspects of time management and study habits so you can have fun and do the things you love! 

Cynthia CadarCynthia Cadar
Graduate Program: Business Administration/Marketing

About Cynthia: After living in Romania for 18 years, I had the unique opportunity to engage in an adventure across the world. I attended Ozark High School as a foreign exchange student during my senior year and in fact graduated in 2009. I continued my studies at Missouri State University and obtained my Bachelors of Science in Marketing – Sales/Sales Management in May 2013. Currently, I am pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. In the Office of Admissions, I serve as the Transfer Graduate Assistant. My responsibilities include meeting with students interested in transferring to Missouri State University, helping plan and run transfer events such as TRANSFERmation and Transfer VIP Days.

What were you involved with at Missouri State: During my undergraduate I was a part of Xi Omicron Iota Sorority, University Ambassadors, and REAL Bears.

Best advice for future students: Be open to learning new things, making new friends and participating in unique opportunities. Due to the size of our campus and the number of students, the campus is always buzzing with activities and chances for students to get involved. Don’t be afraid to explore social organizations, take a BearFit class, or participate in clubs designed for your major. As an international student coming to Missouri State, I also made an effort to keep an open mind and explore things that were new to me. And that definitely helped me find a home away from home at Missouri State!