Year Graduated: 2009
Major at Michigan: English
Share the story of why you chose your major.
I chose English as my major with the intention of pursuing a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate. However, somewhere between declaring my major and graduation I decided to forgo Teaching. I graduated from U-M in four years and enrolled in Graduate School at Northern Michigan University where I received my Masters in Public Administration two years later. My English degree enhanced my communication skills as well as my ability to articulate my ideas in both writing and verbal communication. I am extremely grateful for the education I received at the University of Michigan within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
playing basketball in Crisler Arena on the women’s basketball team.
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
There is no particular story that stands out to me as much as feeling like I am in such a hurry to make something of myself and know everything. Being new means that you have a lot to learn and the only way to learn is through time and experience. I have heard that the first year on the job is the hardest, you spend most of your timing learning “the way things work around here” and once you have that down then you can really start to make the job your own. I look forward to growing as a professional and helping anyone who is new to make their transition in their first job easier.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)
I would love to continue to grow and move up the ladder in Higher Education. I enjoy working at a University and being involved in administration is a career goal for me.
What is the one thing every student should have on his or her “career to-do” list?
As a student, I would recommend an internship as an undergraduate. Upon graduation you will constantly be asked what real world/work experiences you have. Even entry-level jobs require experience these days with the number of applicants that are going after each position. I was unable to have an internship as an undergraduate due to my practice schedule and athletic commitments, but as a graduate student I found it to be an invaluable experience.
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