Alumna Profile: Caitlin Borchard
Caitlin Borchard ’07 is happy to celebrate Alma College’s Scottish roots, but she also loves her Greek connections.
“I decided to go through recruitment into Greek life just for fun and ended up finding my home in Alpha Xi Delta,” she says. “Not only did I make lifelong friendships, it gave me so many leadership opportunities and really helped me come out of my shell.”
Borchard describes the sorority as “an instant family.” She says she is still close to many of her sisters, but she also has kept in touch with some of her favorite professors, including communication professor Micheal Vickery.
“Dr. Vickery always challenged us to be better—better students and better people,” she says. “He truly cares about his students. He even wrote a letter of recommendation for me for law school!”
After graduating from Alma with a major in communication, Borchard attended Michigan State University’s College of Law. Thanks to her Alma education, she says she felt more prepared than some of her classmates.
“Alma was a lot more ‘involved’ than the other colleges and universities that my friends attended,” she says. “The classroom style and interaction, as well as the workload, helped me prepare for law school. With a communication major, in particular, I could instantly put into practice what I had learned in the classroom.”
Borchard, who grew up in a “legal family,” recently successfully passed the Michigan bar exam. She says she looks forward to adding another successful law career to her family tree.
“My grandfather was Michigan’s longest-serving judge, and my father, who also is an Alma grad, is a circuit court judge,” she says. “Law is something that I’ve always considered, but it wasn’t until a summer internship in the Saginaw County prosecutor’s office, I knew I had found where I belonged and wanted to follow in my family’s footsteps.”