My hometown when I was a student was:
I graduated from Alma in:
Brittany – 2009, Ray - 2008
Brittany – Economics, Foreign Service, Ray – History
I currently live in:
I am now:
Brittany – A Trade Commissioner for the Consulate General of Canada.
Ray – An attorney.
Since graduating from Alma:
We went to law school, moved back to Detroit, bought a historic house to rehab (and are still working on it), got jobs, had a baby.
My Alma education:
Brittany – Taught me how to critically examine complex issues and ask questions.
Ray – Prepared me for law school with strong research and writing skills.
My favorite place(s) on campus included:
The Baseball field. - Ray
My favorite professor(s) included:
Brittany - Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Cartrite, Dr. Hulme – all three of whom I keep in touch with
Ray – Dr. Cartrite, Dr. Bu
My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:
Dr. Yav’s class with Tom McGuire.
How Alma has helped with my current plan/job/graduate school/etc.:
When interviewing for my current job as a Trade Commissioner focusing on agriculture, I was able to draw on my Alma thesis, where I focused on multi-lateral agricultural trade policy. It helped set me apart from other candidates. - Brittany
How I have given back to Alma since graduation
We serve as alumni Ambassadors, support students and recent grads with internship and job opportunities, and attend admissions events in Detroit.
Advice I would give a new graduate:
Be open to opportunities that you never knew existed. The opportunity that really opened doors for me professionally was a recruiter calling about a facilities management internship after I had completed law school and obtained a master’s degree from U of M. I agreed to talk to them and ended up doing business development and legal work for an interior design startup spinning off of the facilities of a large corporation. The connections and experience I gained there have helped me in every step of my career since. -Brittany