Political Science Major
Career Path: Consultant for the Education Department
While earning his bachelor's degree in group social studies and political science, Thomas Bell was active at Grand Valley. He contributed to as many organizations as he had time for, and in his senior year, was elected Student Senate president. Now, five years after earning his bachelor's degree, Bell uses his higher education experiences to work as a higher education consultant for the state of Michigan's Department of Education.
In addition to his involvement in student senate at Grand Valley, Bell worked as a multicultural assistant and was the first manager of the 20/20 Information Desk. He also worked in the S.M.A.R.T. center as a work study and worked as a freshman orientation leader for two summers.
After graduating with his bachelor's degree in 2004, Bell earned his master's degree in student affairs and higher education from Colorado State University. He was then led to the University of Vermont where he worked as a residence director and taught courses covering topics of social justice and leadership. Though Bell enjoys the university atmosphere, he recently started a new position as a higher education consultant for the Michigan Department of Education.
Bell plans to continue growing in his position as a higher education consultant. He would eventually like to earn his doctoral degree in education theory or education policy and continue to focus on social justice education.