Nancy E. Oliveira

Nancy Oliveira

Degree:  Master of Arts, Professional Writing

Hometown: Dartmouth, MA

"I graduate knowing I’ve made the most of my graduate school experience."
What has been your greatest challenge?

Starting graduate school after 15 years in the workforce was a big change and a big challenge at first. It had been a while since I had written a research paper or done other school tasks—I initially felt overwhelmed. Eventually, halfway through my first semester, I fully transitioned myself into academic mode. 

What makes UMass Dartmouth special?

There’s a great mix of students. Some come to graduate school directly from undergrad while others arrive from retirement after long successful careers. To everyone’s benefit, students share with each other their unique work, life, and academic experiences.

Also, we have excellent faculty and staff. Each professor I’ve encountered in my graduate program has helped me become a better and more qualified professional in my field. Dr. Karen Gulbrandsen, Dr. Christopher Eisenhart, and the other professors teaching in the Professional Writing program are outstanding.

What advice would you like to share with future students?

Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can while you’re here. UMass Dartmouth offers graduate students fantastic opportunities for assistantships, fellowships, internships, and other types of work.

If you can participate in more than one, then do so. These opportunities make graduate school affordable and give you practical career-related experience to round out your résumé. 

I worked hard participating in these opportunities. I graduate knowing I’ve made the most of my graduate school experience.