Office of Student Life

Grad Pad

A'va Dukes

  • Title: Graduate Administrative Associate

A’va Dukes is a junior at Clemson University, pursuing a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Writing & Publication Studies. At Clemson, A’va is an ambassador for the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Community Peer Dialogue Facilitator, and member of the undergraduate judicial board. A’va is also a member of Student Affairs Administrators in Student Affairs (NASPA) and the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP). Through NUFP A’va participated in MISL Program at The Ohio State University in the summer of 2017.

The Mentorship Initiative for Student Life (MISL) has allowed A’va to complete an internship in the Office of The Senior Vice President of Student Life. Projects that she completed include: Stories For Students From Students, Career Closet, creating a DACA resource guide, and developing a professional development series for the graduate assistantship program. The MISL program has allowed A’va to develop her communication skills, leadership skills, and increase her ability to think critically. The MISL Program has played a significant role in A’va’s choice to pursue a career in higher education focusing on recruitment and retention of underrepresented students. To? ?future? ?MISL? ?participants,? ?A’va? ?gives? ?this? ?advice: “Enjoy your time in Columbus! Try a new restaurant, visit some of the city’s famous landmarks, and most of all, explore all that Ohio State has to offer. You will be at an amazing institution that has so much to offer. I met phenomenal professionals who were more than willing to answer any questions I had and provide me with insight regarding the field. Be confident in your abilities and knowledge base. You were chosen for a reason! If you are ever doubting yourself or feel overwhelmed, remember that “challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” Never forget that your supervisors and cohort are there to support you. They will become your family!”