Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Liberal Studies, Philosophy
Current Position and Employer:
Diversity Education Associate at Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance in Holland
What GVSU program did you choose and why?
When I started at Grand Valley I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I decided on liberal studies, which blended a bunch of different areas of study.
How did GVSU help you get started in your program?
I received a lot of support from the administrative staff and I began to make some close connections with several faculty members. They were helpful enough to guide me in the process.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome as a returning student and how did GVSU help you overcome it?
Not once did I feel that my age was a factor. Professors and students appreciated having some older students in the classroom that are able to bring a little more diversity and perspective.
What did you like best about your experience at GVSU?
Being a part of the McNair Scholars Program was the most profound and helpful experience. I found great knowledge, great information, great guidance, as well as great friendships.
How did GVSU help you meet your career goals?
At Grand Valley I built a solid foundation for pursuing a job in industries such as the one I work in now, where we do work with communities, we do education on diversity, and we address cultural differences.
What advice would you give to other adult students looking to finish their degree?
It's never too late to learn. It's never too late to pursue your academic dreams. For whatever reason you choose to do so, going to school is going to be beneficial.
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