Never Stop Learning 

I believe we should never stop learning. We learn from life experiences, exploring new places, taking classes, and meeting new people. There are many avenues to expanding our minds and sharpening our understanding of the topics we are interested in. I found that pursuing a master’s degree was a great path for me. 

I graduated from the University of Mobile in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in art with a concentration in graphic design. Since graduating, I’ve been working in the university’s Office for Marketing and Public Relations. I have learned a lot from my time on the job, but I knew I wanted to continue to grow and diversify my skills. Since my undergraduate degree was in art and I had been working in marketing, I knew I wanted to find a program that complemented the skills I had already developed, but also something that provided me with a challenge, pushing me outside of my comfort zone. 

The Perfect Fit 

I decided that the Master of Science in Leadership and Communication program (MSLC) would be the perfect fit. This program is fully online, which allowed me the freedom and flexibility to work and go to school simultaneously. It also allowed me to expand my leadership skills and gain a deeper understanding of the world of communication, both from a theoretical and a practical side of the industry. 

Through this process I’ve grown so much. It has shown me that even things that may seem impossible are achievable when you step out in faith and are met with the type of support the University of Mobile offers. Since graduating in 2022 with my MSLC, I have been able to apply the skills and theories I learned to my day-to-day tasks as well as my long-term goals. It has also given me the opportunity to teach at the college level, which has been a learning experience in itself. 

A Rewarding Experience 

Returning to your alma mater for graduate school can be a rewarding experience. Not only does it give you the opportunity to further your education and advance your career, but you’ll also have the chance to reconnect with the school and community that played such a significant role in your personal and academic development. As a graduate student, you have access to a wide variety of resources and support systems that you are familiar with, professors who know you, advisors who care about you and classmates who are on the same journey you are. 

Being on campus brings back memories and allows you to create new ones as you navigate your way through this next chapter of your life. Overall, returning to my alma mater for graduate school was both a fulfilling and enriching experience that helped me reach my goals. 

About the Author

Heath Vester

Heath Vester is an experienced graphic designer and serves as the Assistant Vice President for Creative Services for the University of Mobile’s Office of Marketing & Public Relations. He is an alumnus of the University of Mobile, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and a Master of Science in Leadership and Communication. Beyond his role at the university, Heath is the owner of Heath Vester Creative, his freelance company where he provides a wide variety of creative services to individuals and organizations.