Career Path: Graduate Teaching Fellow at University of Oregon
David A. Martin Jr. did not begin his college career on the right path. After enrolling at Grand Rapids Community College in 2001, Martin started a bad habit of working too much and studying too little, a habit that led him to drop out of school and work full-time.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in sociology from Grand Valley in 2009, Martin accepted a position as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, where he received a full-ride scholarship, as well as the Promising Scholar Award, which is given to students who give unique perspectives to campus. Martin plans to pursue a doctoral degree in political and economic sociology and hopes to one day become a professor in the discipline.