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What have you done since graduating and where are you now?
After graduating from RCAH in 2011 I became a member of the Michigan State University College Advising Corps, where I worked at Boyne City and East Jordan High Schools as their College Adviser. I helped to provide access to resources for low-income, first-generation students looking to attend college. I enjoyed every second I spent working with students, and after my tenure with the Corps I decided to pursue my master’s degree. Currently I am a second year student at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida, studying Higher Education Administration. I was able to obtain an assistantship (that means free tuition!!) where I work in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. FIU is the largest Hispanic serving institution in the United States, and we work hard to provide access to college for students who might not otherwise be able to attend a four year institution. It's been wonderful being on the other side of the college admissions process, and I love helping high school students learn more about FIU. I have enjoyed every minute in beautiful Miami, but I'll start the job searching process all over again after I graduate in May.
How did RCAH prepare you for what you're doing now?
RCAH gave me an understanding and sensitivity towards other cultures and communities. That being said, the out of the box thinking that is encouraged by RCAH professors has really made me a valuable part of every workplace I've been in since graduation. My undergraduate experience helped me to understand that there is not one singular pathway to a career, and this gave me the confidence to pursue education on my own terms.
What were your academic interests in RCAH?
I was, and still am, very interested in the blend between culture, history, literature and everyday human experience. My current work in college access and choice was inspired by my strong belief in social justice and equality that was fostered in RCAH courses.
What were your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
The community created by the residential college is the reason I was successful in college. The faculty, staff, and students of RCAH inspired me to be passionate about education and because of their influence I'm happy to go to work every day.
I still tell everyone who will listen that I took a class about Harry Potter and got a perfect score on my N.E.W.T.S. -It's probably my greatest achievement in college. I loved every single course I took with Eric Aronoff, he's a very insightful teacher who encourages you to be passionate and vocal about your interests. He also managed to make me fall in love with science fiction novels, something I thank him for every day.
What words of wisdom do you have for current RCAH students?
You will have to justify your studies to everyone (family, friends, and strangers) and that’s okay- eventually you’ll prove them all wrong. Make sure to never, ever, stop pursuing your passions and do whatever it takes to be happy every day. And finally, Dean Esquith is the man. Don’t forget it.