My hometown when I was a student was:
I graduated from Alma in:
Biology and English, with a certification in Secondary Education.
I currently live in:
Perrinton, MI (yes, Perrinton with no “g”—I get asked a lot!)
I am now:
Associate Director of Admission at Alma College
Since graduating from Alma:
My path hasn’t strayed too far from the campus, a few short months after sporting my cap and gown, I accepted a position in the Alma Admissions Office. Since then, I have been helping future Scots find their way to becoming Alma College freshman. I’ve been at this recruitment game long enough to see my first two classes of recruits graduate and join the ranks of Alma Alum, definitely a highlight for me.
My Alma education:
Was perfect for me! I wasn’t a student who traveled all over the globe or conducted mind blowing research every semester, but I was a student that was fully involved in the special opportunities that my academic disciplines offered. I loved mentoring high school youth through my placements in area high schools, all of the time I spent at the bog catching turtles, and turning page by page through the endless anthologies required for English!
My favorite place(s) on campus included:
Mitchell 103! I spent all four years of my dorm life in Mitchell and 2 of those four years were spent in 103 as an RA. The group of guys that made up my neighbors and hall mates, were some of the best I know and I always count myself lucky to have had that experience while at Alma, even though some nights it required me to remind them that other people live in the dorms, and perhaps being that loud wasn’t ideal.
My favorite professor(s) included:
Dr. Palmer is definitely on my list of favorite professors. He was able to take a college freshman like me, who swore off reading books and writing essays after high school (a bad life plan in general), and not only did he completely engage me in class daily, but he helped me find my own creativity and examine my goals through writing.
My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:
It has to be the road trips for football games. It is never a bad time when you get to hang out with your best friends and not have to worry about anything except playing the sport you love. Any Alma athlete will tell you that years down the road you will remember the big wins and losses, but some of the best times you have are all the little moments that happen between games, you miss those moments just as much as any other experiences.
How Alma has helped with my current plan/job/graduate school/etc.:
Of course I didn’t plan on being an Admissions Counselor when I showed up to campus, and I spent most of my academic time in a lab or behind a book, but the fact that regardless of your major, Alma will help you develop the tools of being an excellent communicator, problem solver, team player, and most importantly—someone who truly is a critical thinker. When my career plan changed after graduation, not only was the transition seamless, but I was able to be highly successful in my unexpected role.
Advice I would give a new graduate:
If you find yourself searching for that next step, but you aren’t having any luck or are unsure of which direction to go, check out our Plaid Link resource (run through the CSO). Plaid Link is an Alma alumni only resource that allows you to connect with other alums that might be able to help you find that next step to take.