My hometown when I was a student was:
I graduated from Alma in:
Healthcare Administration with a Psychology minor
I currently live in:
I am now:
a Development Associate in Special Events and Marketing for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
Since graduating from Alma:
I have had the opportunity to work for three nationally known non-profits. I have had the blessing to work at Make-A-Wish Michigan, The American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. Each opportunity has built on my experience fundraising as the Relay For Life chair during my time at Alma. In each role I have expanded my wisdom about life, created long-lasting professional relationships, and have met some of the most inspiring individuals.
My Alma education:
was the exact well-rounded, liberal arts education that Alma promises. My liberal arts education has allowed me to be an open minded critical thinker in all situations that I have professionally encountered. There was a point where I took a step back from non-profit fundraising and entered the retail management world as an Assistant Manager at Tractor Supply. It was my education that allowed me to take all of my prior experiences and use them to professionally excel even in a new environment.
My favorite place(s) on campus included:
The Chapel lawn and the SAC basement
My favorite professor(s) included:
Dr. Cameron, Professor Rolling, and Dr. Sanders
My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:
My best memories at Alma will always be my time being the Relay For Life chair. I held this position for three years and pursued the event’s mission and fundraising goal with a vengeance because it was a personal passion of mine. A passion that I got to use to build a family on campus with other students through Colleges Against Cancer. An organization that allowed me to watch other students lead and hold a campus wide event that brought students together to raise money and awareness for a common cause. A specific memory that I will always hold dear is Coach Brown riding the mechanical bull at Relay!
How Alma has helped with my current plan/job/graduate school/etc.:
Alma provided the solid foundation I needed to build life on. The environment at Alma was the place I needed to learn to be a critical thinker and a problem solver. I was met with challenging course work at Alma that pushed me to problem solve with a team of my peers. This coursework has prepared me to be a successful development professional.
How I have given back to Alma since graduation
Since graduating I have used every opportunity in each professional role I have had to give back to Alma. At Make-A-Wish Michigan I helped create internship opportunities for other Alma students. During my time at the American Cancer Society I worked directly with Colleges Against Cancer and a college grant proposal team to develop a grant application for a smoke free campus. In the year that I have been at Habitat, I have created a fall Alternative Break opportunity in Ann Arbor and attended an Alternative Break to Elizabethtown, KY with students. I look forward to continuing to connect with Alumni and develop opportunities for current Alma students in future roles.
Advice I would give a new graduate:
keep an open mind when having a conversation. A conversation is always the door that can open an internship opportunity or an opportunity for employment. Every conversation is a building block to developing your future.