April 19, 2013

Graduate student life: planning for casino night, theater outings and MLB games


I currently serve as a graduate student assistant in the student affairs office at Weatherhead, and it is my first job since I came to Weatherhead for school. I think it is totally amazing that I get to do what I love outside of the classroom through this position. In my role, I have helped plan many of the activities that we have had already this semester, as well as those still to come.

Casino night
Graduate school is the entrance to other career connections, and Casino Night exemplifies what you can do after your school work is completed. Casino Night is a relief from work load-related stress and gives students the opportunity to enjoy a fun night. This year, the event was held at MOCA in University Circle, and everyone had a blast. Students had a chance to socialize with friends, network with alumni, faculty and staff over a couple of drinks, all while sharing a few tricks with each other by the game tables. All guests received play money to gamble with for a chance to win raffle prizes like box seats for graduation and iPad mini’s.

Tickets to fun Cleveland events
Other than helping to organize Casino Night, I am also in charge of ticket sales for various events happening around Cleveland. The Office of Student Affairs offers discounted tickets to students, faculty and staff to local events like plays (War Horse) and musicals (Fela!) (both featured by Playhouse Square) and NBA and MLB games. Although it often takes me a great deal of time to properly schedule the ticket sales, all of them have turned out to be successful. The NBA Cavaliers versus the Miami Heat game sold out in less than 2 hours!

Stress Free Days and the Nautica Queen Dinner Cruise
As finals week is approaching, Stress Free Days is my most pressing activity to plan. Potential services included in this year’s event will be: free breakfasts, Starbucks coffee, ice cream, chair massages and snacks. The goal of Stress Free Days is to make students feel less stressed and more supported about upcoming exams.

The perk of being a graduate student assistant in Student Affairs is that there is always an upcoming to be excited about. Stress Free Days during finals is not the last event our office is putting on this semester. Actually – our annual Nautica Queen Dinner Cruise is right around the corner. Our Nautica Queen event in May includes dinner and dancing while coasting on Lake Erie with staff, faculty and friends/classmates.

Working in the department of Student Affairs as a graduate assistant gives me the opportunity to get involved with student activities and the chance to brainstorm about fun events that students will find interesting.

Xi Chen, MS Finance '13
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