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Watch video of Ariana O-Neal

Ariana O-Neal

International Business B.B.A. / Finance B.B.A.

Ariana O'Neal's international business major is an indication of her interest in the world, but that affinity extends well beyond the classroom.

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Bruno Streck Rodrigues

Theatre B.A., B.S. / Communication Studies B.A., B.S.

Bruno Streck Rodrigues has found that his passion for theatre at Grand Valley is equally matched by his professors, who quickly answer questions, assist with arrangements, and do whatever else they can to help him nurture his craft.

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Brittany Sugg

Exercise Science B.S.

In a matter of months, Brittany Sugg went from learning about athletic testing in a Grand Valley laboratory to applying what she learned while working with Detroit Red Wings players.

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Kevin Chui

Biomedical Sciences B.S.

Kevin Chui is fascinated by the smallest of things, be they bacteria, atoms, or the most minute details of planning an event.

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Tami McCoy

Liberal Studies B.A., B.S.

We love our adult students at GVSU and Tami McCoy is a fantastic example. Watch her video to hear her story.

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Ayris Gonzalez

Criminal Justice M.S.

Ayris Gonzalez's passion for helping juveniles has been advanced through Grand Valley's flexible criminal justice master's degree program.

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