Graduate Profile: Emily Boerman
While Emily Boerman ’09 never had the opportunity to meet legendary alumnus Frank Knox, who enrolled in 1893, she has made surprising connections with other Alma College alumni.
“I met a man who was at Alma the same year I was born, and we were still able to talk easily about the campus and experience,” she says. “You really don’t realize how small the world is until you get out there.”
Since earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and sociology, Boerman has become the director of international student services at Trine University, where she recruits and advises incoming undergraduates as well as supports current international students.
She says she was inspired to apply for the position after working as a resident assistant at Alma.
“I loved working as an RA, but I always thought, ‘I can’t make a career out of this,’” she says. “I did, though, and now I do what I love—I work every day with students on an active campus.”
In addition to her duties as a resident assistant, Boerman participated in Alpha Phi Omega, the International Club, and Relay for Life while at Alma.
“I would probably be the poster child for Alma because I can’t speak highly enough about it,” she says. “Once I became involved, I was able to develop skills as a leader, and I walked away with a more open mind.”