I just fell in love with the campus when I came for a college visit. Initially, I had no desire to be in Michigan. The campus environment was inviting and core classes were small, that is what initially attracted me to Ferris.
I graduated from Ferris State University with a bachelor's degree in 1996, after which, I took a position working with underprivileged teenagers. This particular position was challenging because I had not yet learned to remove my emotions from the situations that I encountered. Oftentimes, I would analyze the home lives of these children and just be emotion filled.
I eventually went on to obtain a master's degree in counseling from Central Michigan University and a doctorate in counselor education from Michigan State University. Going through my doctorate program was one of my most challenging experiences to date. During that time in my life, I would reflect back to my experiences at Ferris, my family, my purpose for being there and my faith. Reflecting empowered me to press forward and finish. I am a true believer that God ordains my steps and we eventually end up where we are supposed to be.
Things have kind of come full circle now that I am an assistant professor at Wayne State University. Being a professor allows me to empower minds! I think back to some of the experiences that I had with some of my favorite professors. Professors like Barbara Pillsbury who was an awesome person that I greatly respect. Professor Pillsbury used to act in plays. I remember as a student, my classmates and I would go to some of her plays. It allowed me to see that she was a person outside of her career. It is these types of professors that drive my passion for research, service, a teaching.