George Paasewe

George Paasewe

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Degree: Master's degree in Adult and Higher Education

One day, it’ll be "Professor Paasewe." That’s the hope of 25-year-old George Paasewe of Milwaukee, Wis., who earned his master’s degree in Adult and High Education.

A graduate assistant for Desk Operations in NIU’s Housing and Residential Services, Paasewe is applying for jobs in the hopes of finding an academic advisor or teaching position at a college. He earned his bachelor’s degree with a double major in Sociology and Human Resources Management at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where a professor working both in the classroom and multicultural affairs inspired him.

He’d like to teach, but wants to be involved in other areas of university life as well.

“That’s my dream, to be a professor, but to have two jobs on the same campus. I want to work both in student affairs and academic affairs,” he said. “This master’s degree definitely opened up the doors.”

Paasewe came to NIU through the Ronald E. McNair scholars program, and now wants to mentor others. While here, he was involved in the Student Association, a campus climate survey committee to create a Plan to Improve NIU, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and a desk staff recruitment and training committee for Housing and Residential Services. He also served as a graduate student leader for University 101.

“Helping students succeed is my biggest thing,” he said. “It’s working with students and helping them reach their academic and career goals and referring them to the resources available to them on campus. At 18, they’re trying to find themselves. I want to be that person to help guide them and mentor them.”