Office of Alumni Engagement

Hannah (Garn) Budnick

I graduated from Alma in:


I studied:

Integrative Physiology and Health Science

My hometown when I was a student was:

Charlotte, MI

I currently live in:

Grand Rapids, MI

What is your current career/professional role?

Genetic Counselor–General, Prenatal, and Cardiovascular

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

There are too many positive memories of Alma to recall, but there is one I reflected on recently. After studying abroad in Germany during the spring term I was fighting to stay awake as long as I could on the flight and drive home so I could keep practicing my flourishes and parts for the Pipe Band competition at the Highland Festival that weekend.

Statement about how Alma impacted your personal and professional life since graduating.

The greatest way Alma has impacted my personal life is the relationships it gave me. I met some of my very best friends at Alma and met many others through un-related organizations in the community. Professionally, Alma gave me a sense of confidence and preparedness for graduate school that has carried over into my career. Quite literally, I would not be a genetic counselor if it weren’t for Alma College and the doors it opened for me.

What current service and/or philanthropy activity are you involved in?

At the moment, I am probably most involved with our church’s youth program. Since moving back to Michigan, my husband and I have started looking for ways to use our talents that can be most beneficial to others.

Advice I would give a new graduate:

Pay off your student loans (if you have any) as quickly as you can and then be ambitious! God willing, there is so much time and life ahead for great things.

What would you say to a prospective student and their family who was trying to decide if Alma was right for them?

I can at least speak for the hard science departments, but if you are looking for a school and program that truly prepares you scholastically and professionally, I have no doubts Alma is one of the best. If you are looking for challenges and accountability, you can find that among the faculty and administration, and your peers.

Why Alma still matters to me.

Alma still matters and will continue to because it was the place where I learned individual responsibility and accountability. It prepared me for every challenge I have encountered since and given me positive, lasting relationships with those I met there.