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.

Emily HollanderEmily Hollander
Graduate program: Public Administration

About Emily: I graduated from Camdenton High School in 2008, and I finished my Bachelor's of Science in Communication with an emphasis in Health Communication in May of 2012. I am currently pursuing a Master's of Public Administration. I love being involved with the community and being an engaged citizen. My responsibilities as an Graduate Assistant in the Office of Admissions include working with the Campus Visit Desk, helping with special visit day coordination, and interacting with prospective students.

What were you involved with at Missouri State: I was involved with the Department of Residence Life (Hall Council, Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, and the National Association of College and University Residence Halls), the Honors College, Student Government Association, Dance Bear-a-thon, Relay for Life, University Ambassadors, and Alternative Breaks.

Advice for future students: Don't be afraid to try something new. You will have countless opportunities to meet new people and try out different hobbies. You will definitely have chances to learn about new passions that you didn't even know you had. If a student organization sounds interesting, I suggest you attend a meeting. If you like it, great! You might have found a new circle of friends. If you don't like it, then you can try out something different. The possibilities are nearly endless.

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!