A student can’t be pictured without education and student’s education can’t be visualized without a student life. With every step ahead in student’s education come a new responsibility and more academic pressure and also every step being like a stepping stone towards the future ahead, it calls for utter sincerity and dedication in the efforts one puts in to succeed in the respective endeavors.
Student life or student’s education is a lease of new people, new studies and learning new things with every passing year and is thus always exciting with new hopes and surprises. However, the words ‘student life’ also has a different meaning in the context of higher education in United States. Student life also implies Student Affairs, which is a department or division or a section of support services provided to students in higher educational institutions to ensure and accentuate student growth, progress and development in United States and abroad, though in other countries outside US this is probably known as ‘student services’ or ‘student support’.
Those who are working in this department of ‘Student Life’ or Student Affairs are known as Student Affairs practitioners and are responsible to provide support services to the students of the institution. Every educational organization has a Student Life cell which may vary in size and leadership depending on the size of the institution, i.e. sometimes its led by Vice Principal of Student Affairs and others have a Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs who directly report to the Vice Principal or Vice Chancellor of the institution.
Interestingly enough, Student Life / Affairs practitioners are not student themselves. In most cases they have completed their graduate program with an additional assistantship. An assistantship, being an entry level position, does help in few ways like waiving of fees, stipend, professional development etc. While working with Student Life cell the practitioners can pursue their doctorate programs from the institution. This is a responsible position and is well appreciated. Also being students themselves, though earlier, they understand the needs of the present students more accurately to act upon them and arrange the needful.
Student’s education in the United States is spread all across the nation with mostly public sectors covering the school levels and both public and private sectors for the higher educational institutions. A student’s life starts with elementary school and move up to middle school and then high school which is till twelfth grade. A four year course of undergraduate program in colleges follows and depending upon your interest you can carry on further pursuing graduate programs of Master’s and Doctorate. At higher education levels United States boasts of ample number of standard universities and a wide range of opportunities with diverse choices across all states which is why the nation sees a large influx of students from around the globe who come to study here.