Alumni Success Stories

Matt EickhoffMatt Eickhoff
Honors Graduate, 2003
B.S., Music Industry Management

Some people say that during college you learn just as much outside the classroom as you learn inside the classroom. Well, I would be a great example of this theory.

As a student at Ferris, I chose to get involved in several different student organizations and community service activities. I got pulled into an RSO meeting the first week of my freshmen year, and it was downhill from there. I kept getting involved and doing more and more. In addition to my school work, I had committed myself to some sort of meeting or event almost every night of the week. Soon I was working in the Student Leadership and Activities office as a special events coordinator. By my senior year, I was overall chair of the Student Homecoming Committee and chair of Ferris Fest, probably the two largest annual events on campus.

I knew that getting involved and taking on leadership positions would give me great experience for event planning which is something I wanted to make a career out of. Little did I know just how influential these experiences would be?

I moved to Nashville, Tennessee after graduation for an internship. After almost a year and a half in Nashville, and a few twists and turns in my life, I ended up back in Michigan, searching for a job. I was going through this twenty-something period of doubts about my career and my life. I've heard it called a "quarter-life crisis".

Then one day, I received an amazing phone call. Cindy Horn, the Director of Student Leadership and Activities at Ferris, called to inform me that she had an opening in her office; the very office that I worked in as a student! The Student Activities Coordinator had left the office, and they needed a temporary replacement as soon as possible to help coordinate the many events that were left for that semester, including Ferris Fest. Because I had experience as a student employee, and worked to coordinate campus events in the past, she wanted me to fill this position.

Without hesitation, I took the job. I couldn't believe it actually. I was being given the chance to coordinate fun, entertaining and educational events for my alma mater.

Since taking that temporary position, I went through the official hiring process, and I now serve as the Student Engagement and Activities Coordinator at Ferris. I love this job. I don't dread waking up in the morning and going to work, and that is a great feeling. Thankfully, I have a great group of people to work with, both staff and students, and it is a pleasure to be back at Ferris State and see many of the faces I remember as a student.

Best of all, its great to know that my extra-curricular involvement as a student really paid off. So I say it's true; that you do learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside the classroom. The combination of both landed me in the job I have today.