Student Spotlight October 2016

Jared Colston

 

 

 Jared received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with concentrations in English and Social Studies from the University of Louisville.  He is now working towards a Master’s degree in the department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville.

 

 

 

Interview:

1.  What brought you to the University of Louisville?

I was born and raised in Louisville and came to school here for my undergraduate degree because of the location. I stayed for my Master’s degree because of the excellent faculty members that I have come in contact with in my previous and current departments, as well as departments I didn’t even have much to do with.  Aside from being very friendly and welcoming, they were premier in their fields and I was interested in working alongside them.

2. Specific areas of research (how you chose this research, why it interested you):

I am interested in Economic Education. I became interested in this field because of my own experience navigating the swamp of financial aid and tuition rates and wanted to do something to ease the confusion of the high school to college transition. I am also interested in the Sociology and Philosophy of Higher Education; I chose to research these topics because I enjoy theory work, as well as seeing how theory transforms into informed practice.

3. How would you describe your area of study/ specific research to your grandmother?

I want to change the policies in colleges and universities so that the education can benefit everyone in society.

4. What made you go into this field?

I was always interested in education, so it was a short leap from my studies in teacher preparation to college administration and theory. I realized I loved theory and wanted to apply it to education and pedagogy.

5. Awards, honors, publications:

I graduated summa cum laude in undergrad.  I am currently working to publish my summa cum laude paper, The Economics of Prolonged Adolescence, in a graduate student journal.

6. Long term goals/aspirations?

I want to eventually be a faculty member/administrator at the university level, and focus on educational theory and policy.

7. What has been your favorite part of the graduate school experience at UofL?

Being able to work closely with faculty members who are excelling in their fields as well as being thoughtful mentors.

8. What do you feel is the greatest challenge that graduate students face and how have you dealt with this challenge?

The greatest challenge that I have faced as a graduate student is also something that makes graduate school better than undergraduate: internalized responsibility. You have the freedom to complete the assignments where you like, and you have freedom with how you do it; the problem comes with how you deal with that freedom and the added stress an open policy can bring. I deal with it by giving myself relatively strict deadlines, and sectioning off time each day to work on projects.

 


Fun Facts
A talent you have always wanted: To speak two languages
Favorite book: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Favorite quote: “I’m gonna do a belly flop because if I don’t, who will?” – Seth Short
Role Model: Slavoj Zizek
Favorite Vacation Destination: Stavanger, Norway
If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? Probably playing music somewhere and working at a library part time.