Graduated May 2006
B.S. Applied Biology/Environmental Biology
I graduated in May 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Applied Biology/Environmental Biology and currently work in the Education Department at the Morris K. Udall Foundation in Tucson, Arizona. Last year I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of America's Udall Scholars. Although I had the GPA, the vita and the candidate statement to compete for the Udall I was also greatly supported and encouraged by faculty affiliated with the Honors Program. Professors have told me that through winning the Udall I brought acclaim to Ferris, to Honors and to myself. I believe the support I received in Honors made a significant difference in my life/my future, so I encourage students to dream big and apply for the highly competitive scholarships.
I had so many great experiences during my four years at Ferris, but one of the most rewarding experiences was having the opportunity to serve as a peer mentor to incoming Honors freshmen for three years. It is especially amazing watching my mentees, many of whom have since become my good friends, find their own niches, take on their own challenges, develop their own projects, and succeed. It's weird, but I feel like a proud parent.
Due to the smaller size of Ferris, and the leadership requirement in Honors, students are afforded countless opportunities to take on leadership roles. The University trains leaders for tomorrow and the Honors Program has been essential in this extracurricular education. While I will continue to welcome new challenges in my professional life outside of Big Rapids, I will always consider Ferris my home, and I look forward to remaining active as an alum.
I will be attending Michigan State in the Fall of 2007 working on my master’s in the human-dimensions of fisheries and wildlife. I will focus on risk perceptions, communications and stakeholder involvement in wildlife issues.