Joel James '12

Joel James '12

Army. Recruiting Section Chief

1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
I earned my degree while on reserve status in the military. Upon graduation, I was asked to work full-time in the Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) program as a Recruiter. Since then I’ve worked with the satellite ROTC program at GVSU, Brigade Retention, and I’m now a recruiting section Chief for West Michigan. I’ve helped many current and potential GVSU students pay their tuition and navigate their benefits in the National Guard.

2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
Rushing to Mennas Joint for a fatty dub before class.

3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Never say “That’s not my job” It screams laziness and arrogance. Chip in and help where you can to get done what needs to be done.

4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand Valley experience.
Community, Diversity, and Professionalism.

5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I would like to help arm the next generation with the skills and education necessary to lead productive and fulfilling personal and professional lives.

February 2024

Interest Area(s)
Political Science, International Relations

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