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What have you done since graduating and where are you now?
After graduating I served as an AmeriCorps State member at Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council for a summer through the Power of We Consortium, then served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Elder Law of Michigan. My VISTA service led to my current full time position at Elder Law of Michigan as a Project Administrator where I coordinate the Model Approaches to Legal Services grant for Michigan. I plan to attend law school with an emphasis in public law in a few years.
How did RCAH prepare you for what you're doing now?
The ability to think critically and identify systemic issues. My RCAH education provided the knowledge to identify systemic issues and brainstorm creative solutions which has been crucial to my work because I work with many different organizations and stakeholders across the state. Nothing is in a vacuum, everything interacts, the ability to identify systemic problems is the RCAH difference.
What were your academic interests in RCAH?
Gender Studies, Social Justice, Food Security, Art and Action. I really enjoyed discussing current issues with cutting edge curriculum. I believe that RCAH provided me the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in real world situations. I loved Professor Rogers courses about gender. The screen printing course by Professor Miner was amazing and something that I never would have experienced outside of RCAH.
What were your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
Devoted professors, instructors, and staff who are committed to providing new ideas and opportunities for students to be thought leaders and movers and shakers of social change. And of course the Learning and Living community that creates a safe and supportive atmosphere to discover one’s self.
Did you ever take part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU? If so, which programs?
Yes, I studied for 4 weeks in Australia. I learned about sustainability including environmental and social sustainability. We moved every 2 to 3 days which provided a really diverse view of Australian culture. One of my favorite parts of the trip was snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, learning about the diversity of ecological systems and how Australian’s are combating climate change. We also visited a farm that was totally off the grid which was really cool! I wish I had studied for a longer time period!
What words of wisdom do you have for current RCAH students?
Expose yourself to as many experiences, clubs, and opportunities as possible. Networking is extremely important. Keep in touch with your classmates and professors they may help you find a long term position or provide an excellent connection and letter of recommendation for a future job or school.