Steeve Buckridge, Ph.D. Grand Valley Admissions

Ben Oom

Class Year:
2013

Hometown:
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Major:
Occupational Safety and Health Management

Why did you choose to attend Grand Valley?
I went to CC first, partly as a financial decision since I'm on my own as far as paying tuition. Grand Valley is my first choice though, and I started attending full-time this year. I like the campus. I like that it is downtown and in Allendale, and that there is a bus that connects the two. I have a lot of friends here too, and I have met a lot of people. It is just a friendly atmosphere with a lot going on in between classes and on the weekends.

What do you like best about Grand Valley?
The class sizes. My classes aren't all in a lecture hall with a ton of people. I can ask questions in class and be fairly personal with professors. The professor will actually know my name; I'm not just some student in the class.

How have you benefited from Grand Valley's liberal education foundation?
Even though I transferred, I have taken some gen eds here. Right now my major classes have a lot more to do with what I am going to need to know for my career, but it's not bad to know some things outside of my major. Even if it isn't something you use everyday in your job, it is information that makes you a knowledgeable person. The gen ed classes help with general life, where the chemistry and biomedical science classes apply more to my major.

How will Grand Valley help you meet your future goals?
Grand Valley's really prepared me for what I need to know, what I can expect on a day-to-day basis, and how I can handle situations in my future career that arise that I didn't expect to happen. Even if I haven't been taught exactly how to handle a situation that comes up, my occupational safety courses give me the knowledge to look back and reason a good way to handle the situation.

How has Grand Valley's faculty made a difference in your college experience?
So far, every professor that I've had is a very approachable person who takes their time and makes sure that the people there actually learn. They are willing to work with you and to make office hours for you to come in. If you do not understand something, they will make the time to make sure you understand it. For example, in one course we do assignments throughout the class period using a clicker system that allows the professor to see immediate results if people are understanding it or not. If so, she can move on. If not, she'll go over it more. The teachers want us to pass the class and be able to use the information outside of class.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Definitely see an advisor because I think they are helpful, and definitely lay things out. You may think you know the path to take, but they can give you a better idea of what classes you need and what a job field may be like. And it's fine if you're in school an extra year because you don't know right away what you want to do.

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