Alumni in 10
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!
I wouldn't be where I am today without GVSU. My professors, advisers, and peers were extraordinarily supportive and helpful. I also had an on-campus job on the Budgets & Finance team in the GVSU Finance Department.
Getting a degree that I could use in many fields let me have a broad variety of career options, and provided me a skill set I can utilize and grow upon no matter where I end up.
I have so many fond memories from my time on campus, and I look back on my experience with pride. I'm so happy that I took a chance to travel all the way from Arizona to Michigan to spend my formative college years in West Michigan.