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Eric Nodge

Class Year:

Walled Lake, Michigan, United States

Political Science

Public and Nonprofit Administration

Why did you choose to attend Grand Valley?
One of the major reasons was that I knew it was a university that was growing. Everybody always says it's up and coming. So, I thought there would be a lot of opportunities to be involved in helping the university grow, to participate and contribute to the university.

What do you like best about Grand Valley?
I definitely like the number of ways I have been able to be involved, but the thing I like best is the people. It is definitely a community that wants everybody in it to succeed. There are a lot of people that will work with you closely to make sure you're getting the most out of your experience here.

How have you benefited from Grand Valley's liberal education foundation?
I came in as an undecided major, so having a chance to take interdisciplinary courses in Honors really gave me an opportunity to look at different areas I could potentially study. In the beginning it really helped me know what direction I wanted to head in. Once I chose political science, the studies in other fields enhanced my studies in political science by pulling from other fields and seeing how they connect.

How will Grand Valley help you meet your future goals?
I think that regardless of what I decide to do after graduation, Grand Valley has given me the confidence to know that I'm capable of learning and I'm capable of succeeding.

How has the Honors College enhanced your overall education?
I think that being in the Honors College has put me in an environment with students who are very driven. So I have benefited by being in classes with students that are committed to their academic success, not necessarily just getting their degree. It also goes back to the lib ed classes. I was taught a lot of interdisciplinary courses that connected back to political science. It definitely broadened the topics I was studying.

How have you benefitted from living in Honors College housing?
Aside from being a really nice place, the biggest benefit for me is I've done a lot of work with Honors. I attended the Ghana Service Learning Trip in 2010 and have been very involved with helping that program grow. Living in Honors housing was very important to me because the professors, resources, and connections to be involved are right down the hall. Having students live right where the professors are working really lets students see the professors as a personality, not just someone talking in front of class. Seeing them outside of class day to day is a real benefit.

Why would you recommend the Honors College to others?
The opportunity to live in the Niemeyer building. The living-learning community makes you able to have your classes and professors right there. The students you are taking classes with are living right down the hall, so if you need help you know the students are right there to help you.

Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center • Allendale MI 49401
Phone 616-331-3219 • honors@gvsu.edu