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A conversation with Christina Mastrangelo

Sean Hobson

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: News
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SMH: How did you find your way to Case?

CM: How I ended up at Case was very random. I was actually going to graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston, and I did a summer internship at Case with the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Working with the students here seemed to be more of what I was looking for out of my coursework. So within a month's time I was moving to Ohio and transferring into a master's degree program at Kent State University in their higher education administration program with an emphasis in leadership. When I was nearly finished with my coursework there, this position opened up. I thought it would be a good fit and I've been here ever since. So what originally started out as a two month internship turned into a four year commitment. I also enrolled in a masters in business administration program at the Weatherhead School of Management as soon as I arrived on campus as well.

SMH: What made you choose the MBA program?

CM: For me, my path will continue to be in higher education. But in reality, higher education is a business. As I move up the ladder, lots of my responsibility will be business orientated. My responsibilities will start to be less working with students one-on-one and more administrative stuff like managing budgets. I also felt the MBA program would give me something different while building on my prior degrees. Also, I value education very much. It's one of my core values. While I'm young and I have the energy, I want to take advantage of the opportunities that surround me.

SMH: Where do you see yourself in five years?

CM: I see myself still working in higher education. [I] don't yet know in what capacity, though I ask myself that question all the time. But I know I will be working with college students and that there will be some degree of teaching and learning involved. I know what field I will be in and what I like and don't like, but that's as focused as I'll get. I don't want to get too focused on becoming one thing and miss out on even greater opportunities merely because I did not recognize them.
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  • Early Ending: Spartans eliminated from playoffs by Trine University

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