Alumni Success Stories

Ferris Honors Program Alumna Carrie (Ziegler) ThomasCarrie Ziegler
Graduated with a B.S. in Public Relations, May 2001
Graduated with a J.D. Degree from Marquette University Law School in May 2006
Hometown: Cheboygan, Mich.
Current Residence: Milwaukee, Wisc.


Becoming a part of Ferris State University's Honors Program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Ferris provided me with a wonderful academic education, but the Honors Program gave me so much more. Some of my fondest memories of living in Helen Ferris Hall are cooking Sunday dinner with my friends, playing cards in the hall, and being a part of the first place intramural broomball team. To echo other alums, the Honors Program helped me meet lifelong friends who have gone on to pursue impressive careers. Honors also gave me opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom such as becoming a part of The Endeavor, the award-winning Honors newsletter, and discovering a love for opera.

After graduating from Ferris I spent two years working in the University's Admissions Office. I loved being able to tell prospective students exactly what Honors is like. Never again will you live with over 100 of your closest friends. They would often be worried about the program being too much extra work, but the truth is that those 30 community service hours required annually fly by, especially if you find something that you are passionate about. Also, the cultural events opened up a whole new world for me because I was from a small town that was far away from most major performances. The benefits of Honors far outweigh the challenges. Plus, you can't beat having your own room!

I graduated from Marquette University Law School in May 2006. After graduation I spent one year as an associate attorney at Affiliated Attorneys, a small firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I served as a general practice attorney working with cases in family law, bankruptcy, estate planning and criminal law. Now I am an associate at Schott, Bublitz & Engel, a slightly larger firm in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Now my focus is on family law and civil litigation. While there is no "average day" as a lawyer, I am in court three or more times per week and usually spend my days negotiating agreements, dealing with clients, drafting legal documents and researching issues.

Deciding to attend law school, especially one in another state, was a big step that I do not think I would have taken without the support of Maude Bigford and Attorney Miles Postema, Ferris' General Counsel. Honors gave me the confidence and support to follow my dreams and seek a fulfilling career path. I have no doubt that I would not be the person that I am today without the experiences I had in the Honors Program. It is a cliché to say that college is the best four years of your life, but it is the absolute truth, and the Honors Program helps students take advantage of every bit of it.