A Dose of Inspiration

Things were going fine at work for Astrid Wielens, MEd ’02 a stable job in a strong organization, increasing responsibility but she felt she had reached a plateau.

“A couple of my colleagues had been through Antioch University New England’s management program and they talked about the peer group model of instruction. I thought I might find the dose of inspiration I was longing for in a master’s program.”

Astrid wasn’t disappointed.

“This is the program for people who want to be part of developing their own experiences,” says Astrid.  “Antioch University New England gave us a student-centered and supportive environment. The instructors offered us structure and guidance, but also the freedom to make the program and classes meaningful to the group. This is not a program that throws facts and theories at you. Your cohort co-creates the conversations so it is useful for you. We made the content our own, and we applied theory and discussion from our class in our papers, our projects, and in our own workplaces.”

Astrid also credits the diversity of her group with making her program so powerful.

“We came from different backgrounds and jobs. We were at different stages in our lives; we had all our own challenges in the workplace. Students brought a variety of philosophies and perspectives to class.”

Now Astrid is inspired and inspiring. She has a greater understanding of the big picture, management issues, and her role within. “Yes, things were working before, but now I am prepared to reach for the next level,” Astrid says. “I am involved in senior management discussions and seek out new partnerships within and outside the organization with greater confidence.”

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