Student Profile: Ryan Cramer
For Ryan Cramer, being a leader also means being a learner. Luckily, with his involvement in International Club, Chinese Club and the Center for Responsible Leadership, he never stops learning.
Alternative Break also has made a positive impact on the Livonia junior. On a recent trip to volunteer in Tennessee, he was a site leader, a role he says he hopes to revisit in the future.
“Alternative Break is not only a good outlet to get involved, it’s also a great opportunity to give back,” he says. “Service inspires you to learn more about yourself and the world around you.”
During the trip, the international business major worked with children in a Cherokee daycare, giving him the opportunity to learn more about their culture. The experience was inspiring for Cramer, who speaks five different languages.
“Native American languages have deteriorated over time, so my goal is to learn more about these languages and help keep them alive,” he says.
Though he’s only halfway through his Alma experience, he says he has grown tremendously as a person through experiences like this—well, that, and a little help from his favorite professors.
“Faculty members really help you find your passion and what you want to do with your life,” he says. “The faculty-to-student ratio at Alma is amazing.”