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Student Spotlight: Ryan Long M.S.

Emergency Management

Ryan Long 
It’s not so much a set of specific classes at the University; it’s the practical sense and the ability to equate what we learn with real world examples that have been invaluable.
Why did you choose to pursue your graduate degree at the University of New Haven?

Bachelor degrees are expected in the current economy. You can link what you learned in an undergraduate program to a job or career field, but rarely do you gain an expertise. Graduate-level work prepares you for professional-level leadership; it’s the sliver of knowledge that shows you are capable of addressing and utilizing needed competencies at a higher level. After graduating from my bachelor’s program, I immediately noticed that I needed to show employers that I was serious, through self-investment of my education and future. The University of New Haven introduced me to a desire to continue learning through its warm atmosphere and readied resources. 

Describe the best class and/or professor you have experienced at the University of New Haven:

It’s not so much a set of specific classes at the University; it’s the practical sense and the ability to equate what we learn in the book with real world examples that have been invaluable. Wayne Sandford and Peter Strubble have an undeclared open door policy for graduate students; their willingness to work with students in both academic and career pursuits has ensured our confidence in the program.

What have you learned or experienced in your program that would be interesting for those entering the program?

Safety. Fire Chiefs, paramedics, law enforcement officers and emergency managers make up the bulk of instructors in the Emergency Management department. They have dedicated their time to achieving their post-secondary education, and now they are ensuring that those who do the same walk away with applicable real world skills.

How is your degree at the University of New Haven going to help you reach your goals?

I dedicated myself to risk analysis in the private sector for my B.A. in Security Management, and I wanted to ensure that my academic background was well rounded when seeking jobs in the public and private industry. My master’s from the University of New Haven has given me a competitive edge in the federal service sector.  

Describe an especially positive experience you have had outside of the classroom, perhaps with a student organization, during the admission process, or with an office such as Career Services:

The university has a small but strong Veteran student body, with ample support from peers and faculty. The dedicated space and immediate warm welcome from fellow Veterans played a huge factor in my decision to attend the University of New Haven. The relationships I have gained here will continue after I leave. If you are a Veteran, any branch, please reach out to the University of New Haven Military Veterans Association.