Meet Hannah Bush: MA Student in Educational Leadership

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Media contact: Katie Lacey | Communications Specialist | 405-744-9347 | katie.l.lacey@okstate.edu

Hannah Bush began her studies at another OSU. After earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at The Ohio State University, Bush decided to pursue a master’s degree in instructional leadership with an option in university student development at Oklahoma State University.

She talks about her time at Oklahoma State and the internship opportunity that challenged and developed her passion for education. Students in the college’s Student Development Program participate in internships, and Bush completed his at Stevens Institute of Technology’s Office of Student Life. Held in a traditional setting, the internship gave her the opportunity to influence the direction and experience of first-year students. Bush’s goal is to influence students the same way educators have influenced her – through compassion, inspiration and guidance.

How did you know that OSU was the right fit for you and your academic/career goals?

One of the first class discussions focused on social justice and our individual role in the world. I have such vivid memories of sitting in class and being amazed at what I was about to learn from both the faculty and my peers around me. The faculty challenges us to think critically and dive into conversation. My peers and I gladly accepted the challenge and I knew immediately that I had made the right choice. These people and this program challenge and support me in ways that have shaped me and encouraged me to become the professional I am striving to become.

What sparked your interest in instructional leadership?

As an undergraduate student, I attended a regional conference that ignited my passion for education. I was inspired by a keynote speaker who was the vice president of student affairs. His leadership, his passion for students, and his ability to inspire others opened my eyes to a career that I immediately knew I wanted to pursue. I was completely in love with everything she said and felt like I had found my purpose. That moment in the conference, listening to him speak, was when I was able to put together the pieces that I wanted to put into educational leadership and student affairs to positively impact young adults.

How have you learned and grown through your internship at Stevens Institute of Technology that will help you in your career?

I absolutely loved my time at Stevens Institute of Technology, and it was one of the highlights of my life! The knowledge, skills and confidence I gained from this experience are priceless. Prior to my internship, I learned and grew in many ways through my assistantship at Oklahoma State. When I arrived at my internship, I was challenged to take on a new guidance role, and I quickly developed my skills, leadership and confidence. Thanks to the support of my supervisor and my colleagues, I excelled in my tasks and felt proud to leave work every day. I finally saw myself as a successful student affairs professional. Now, I have a completely different mindset about my ability to be a successful young student affairs professional, thanks to my internship at Stevens Institute of Technology.

What are your plans after graduation?

Ideally, I would like to work in student affairs at a small private university in an urban area, as I loved my time in NYC last summer and would love to go back! There are several areas of student affairs I’d like to specialize in — guidance, first-year experience, housing, and student life — but I don’t necessarily have a preference. The most important priority is to find the right person for me. I believe that once I find the job, I will find the field in which I want to work.

How do you want to make an impact in education?

I think the best way to make an impact is to be there for the students and show them that you care about them as a whole person. My main goal as an educator is to empower students to be themselves and help them grow on their journey. I consider every interaction I have with a student a privilege, because it truly is! The ability to positively change someone’s life is a gift, and it’s something that will remain at the forefront of my practice.

Janice G. Ball