Alumni in 5

Jamie Munson '13

Jamie Munson '13

Interest Area(s)
Sociology

Employer
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations at The University of Chicago

1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
Life after college required some soul searching and I was fortunate to do mine as a Nurse Tech at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. I got to work with an incredible team of co-workers and help patients who were going through difficult moments in their lives. While my end goal was to work in higher education, I knew that my experiences at this hospital were critical to my personal growth and would forever shape me as a person. I eventually went on to begin my alumni relations career at the University of Michigan after seeking guidance from and building connections with a lot of wonderful development professionals. Along the way, I think it was most important for me to realize that life presents us with a lot of different opportunities to learn and grow. Take your time, talk with people, and truly ask yourself, “What gifts am I meant to give to this world”? That helps inform me where I belong.

2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
I have so many great memories from GVSU. If I had to pick one, it’d be my freshman year watching our football team in the playoffs on an ESPN-televised game. It was absolutely freezing out. We won the game and all the students stormed the field afterward. Who says Division II sports can’t be fun?

3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
“Sincerity of purpose always expresses itself in action.” - Harry Kelly

4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand Valley experience.
Beautiful campus, Inspiring professors, Selfies with Louie

5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I want to make the world a little kinder by treating everyone I meet with love and respect. We’re all going through something. If I can positively impact people’s lives by simply being a good person, why wouldn’t I do that? It’s also my hope that the alumni relations work I do day-in and day-out leads to better access to college education, increased awareness (and the tools to abolish) the inequalities that exist in this world, and supporting a more connected community.

February 2021

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