Alumni in 10
GVSU has given me the tools to work and communicate in a diverse world. While at GVSU I was able meet and work with people of a variety of backgrounds. This has been vital to my career.
Graduated in 2015, moved to Kalamazoo Michigan to work for the Social Security Administration. Married my college sweetheart, bought a house, adopted a pup, brought our son into the world.
Grand Valley has functioned as a springboard for knowledge, allowing me to progress in my career.
I started my journey at Grand Valley State Colleges in 1978 on a valedictorian scholarship. Taking a few classes in every decade, I finally earned my bachelor's degree in 2012.
My journey has included a career including Retail Store Design and Merchandising, Technical Design Training, Commercial Interior Design, and currently Electrical Substation Engineering and Design.
It has been a little bit of a roller coaster and it definitely has not been as easy as I anticipated, nor did I wind up where I expected, but I am very happy with my path so far.
After graduation I worked at a Detroit area radio station in Promotions. I knew I wanted to live in Chicago, so I moved here and got a serving and bartending job to make ends meet, until I landed a job in a new career path, recruiting.
My journey since graduation has been a winding road that I never expected to take when I walked off the campus of Grand Valley, but each turn on my journey has been rewarding.
I went on to get my Master's degree at Eastern Illinois University, and completed my Doctoral work at Purdue University. I am now an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH).
Since graduating, I've had several different jobs. I lived for a short time in Chicago, moved back, and started my current job at Accenture. If you ever want to know more details, I'm here to chat!