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Student Spotlight: Patrick Kelland M.S.

National Security

Patrick Kelland 
In my program I have had the chance to immerse myself in a wide variety of current events oriented special topics courses.
Why did you choose to pursue your graduate degree at the University of New Haven?

I chose to pursue my graduate degree at the University of New Haven because the National Security program is only offered at a few institutions across the country. I had an amazing experience at the University of New Haven as an undergraduate and felt that the offerings within the graduate program were a perfect fit for my long-term interests.

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

My favorite course has been National Security Strategy and Policy, which was a weekend course. At first I was a bit skeptical because of the weekend commitment to the class; however, once it started I was very pleased. The content and delivery of the course was perfect and I walked away from the class retaining lots of pertinent information relevant to my field.

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

In my program I have had the chance to immerse myself in a wide variety of current events oriented special topics courses. This has allowed me to gain knowledge from experts in my field on the most important issues in the national security arena today.

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

My graduate degree has given me the chance to network a lot. I have been able to interact with professionals in both the private and public sectors of the national security enterprise. Much of this was due to the relationships that I created with my professors and peers.

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.

Outside of the classroom, I served as the Vice President of Community Outreach for the Graduate Student Council. This position allowed me to facilitate community service oriented events for graduate students with the help of local partners and on campus offices.