French

Tom McGuire

My hometown when I was a student was

Lincoln, MI

I graduated in

2008

I studied

Major: History

Minors: French, Economics

I currently live in

Chicago, IL

I am now

Director, Client Services at CME Group

Since graduating from Alma

I’ve been doing a number of different things. I stay involved with the college as a member of the alumni board. I also attend homecoming, commencement, sporting events, concerts and visit campus several times a year. Besides working, I spend the majority of my time coaching baseball. Beginning last year, I started coaching an 11-12 year old little league team. This year I added an 8U travel team. I also spend a lot of time exploring and traveling. Just this past spring, I traveled to Australia and Hong Kong. Last fall, I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time, spending a week in Arizona and California. Later this summer, I plan to travel out east to visit Baltimore, New York, Washington DC and Boston. Through work, I’ve been able to travel to London and New York. I’m an avid baseball fan - catching at least 20-25 baseball games a year between Chicago and Detroit.  I also attend spring training in Florida with several friends from Alma.

My Alma education

provided me with the ability to succeed in a variety of different settings. It exposed to the work of many different authors, cultures and people. 

My favorite place(s) on campus included

The 2nd level stacks in the library, the Stone Recreation Center and Bruske Hall.

My favorite professors(s) included

Julie Arnold, Bob Cunningham, John Rybicki, Kristin Olbertson and Kate Blanchard.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

graduation day. I also have pretty clear memories of the first time I came to Alma as a student - I came a day before move-in day with my parents and we went into Bruske Hall to check things out before the move. I also remember many of the evenings that my friends and I spent together having dinner at SAGA.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

studying abroad in France for four  months during the fall semester of 2006. I’m so glad that I took the chance to go. I’m from a small town in Michigan and living in Paris is an opportunity that few people from my area get to do. Although I didn’t know it at the time, it showed me that I could take risks and adventures in my life and still be okay. I think that still shows today with some of my travels. The experience in France was both awesome and tough. During my last month, I skipped a grammar level to enroll in a higher level French speaking class. It was very difficult and intimidating - several times I thought about quitting, but it helped me build some perseverance. I also played on a local French recreational soccer team in a Paris neighborhood. We would have practice every Tuesday and games on Fridays. After our Friday games, the team would insist on going out to Chinese restaurants and someone would always give me a ride back home. On my last night with the team, I found out that several of the team members spoke near perfect English but had been purposely not speaking English to me the whole season so that I could better learn French.