Spring Lake, Michigan, United States
Current Position and Employer:
MSO/Provider Relations Specialist, Lakeshore Health Network Affiliated with Mercy Health Partners
What campus did you attend? What drew you to the liberal studies major there?
Holland. I have 4 children, am married, and was working. I got a letter from Grand Valley that was looking for new, nontraditional students and the letter really hit home. They worked with me and we were able to develop a curriculum around my passions and interests.
What did you like most about the program?
The collaboration that brings the different entities together. In liberal studies you take in everyone's perspective in order to take in a new idea.
What was your emphasis area and how did you choose the courses to complete it?
I took the courses that I already had with business and marketing and integrated them with my health care experience. So I have it in business and health care administration.
How did your liberal studies degree and emphasis area prepare you for your current career?
My education really was more of an enhancement for me. I already had a job when I went back to school, but it reinforced what I knew and helped me build upon it to be more successful.
What post-graduation accomplishment are you especially proud of?
I would say the Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program. During my last semester at school we had to put together a program, I took the idea and brought it to fruition. At that time there was nowhere in the area for people to return their medication safely. This program incinerates the drugs so they don't simply get flushed down the toilet or left in the trash. This process creates steam and produces electricity, so it is very environmentally sustainable as well.
Would you recommend a liberal studies major to prospective GVSU students? Why?
Most certainly. It is a study that encompasses many different areas. With liberal studies you get the bigger picture about what to expect when you are done with school.
Why did you choose to attend Grand Valley?
GVSU offered me opportunities for new career advancements and to explore new opportunities within myself.
How have you benefited from Grand Valley's liberal education foundation?
The liberal studies program looks at the bigger picture and I like that.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Don't limit yourself. There's so much to life. Keep your mind and opportunities open.
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