Meet the College of Business Orientation Leaders
Get involved. There's no better way to further yourself professionally and socially.
Every summer Ferris State University offers Orientation sessions for incoming Bulldogs. Meet the familiar faces that have helped guide College of Business (COB) students, family, and friends on the beginning of their Bulldog adventure.
Why did you choose to attend Ferris?
David Aben: I originally chose to attend Ferris for my program which was Professional Golf Management. After changing my major, I chose to stay at Ferris for my new program which is Business Administration Legal Studies.
Alexa Torres: I chose Ferris because my mom went here when she went to school, and I had family in Michigan.
Evan Pazkowski: I originally wanted to come here for Welding Engineering to loosely follow in my brother’s footsteps. At the last minute, I had a change of heart and wanted to join the College of Business.
Scout Sparks: I originally chose to attend Ferris State because of the unique Public Relations program that the COB offers. Although I switched majors, I chose to stay here because of the decently sized campus, the rigorous courses in the College of Business, as well as the lifelong friendships that I have made here.
What do you love most about being a student at Ferris?
EP: The opportunities for involvement in areas dealing with social, academic, and professional development are the reasons I stayed here. It’s exciting to see students being on their own for the first time and wanting to get involved in such a brilliant community.
SS: I love that I can walk into the College of Business and see a familiar face every time and I love the close bonds that students have with each other.
DJ Aben: The thing I love most is the opportunities that are available to get involved. Whether it be in [registered student organizations] or having a job on campus, there are plentiful opportunities to be involved.
What motivated you to be a Ferris State Orientation Leader?
SS: I wanted to become more involved on campus. As an Orientation Leader you must know the ‘ins and outs’ of Ferris’ campus and this job has allowed me to do so.
AT: It was something that really made an impact on me when I was going through my orientation. I figured it would be fun, and maybe I could make an impact on new students too.
What is the most rewarding experience of being an Orientation Leader?
DA: The most rewarding experience of being an orientation leader is being able to help people and see them get excited about coming to Ferris.
EP: We have an inside joke in orientation where we ask at the end of the day – “How many lives did you change today?” I’m not sure if we actually affect them immensely, but it’s nice to know that we can calm the nerves of incoming students just by being ourselves.
How have you grown as an individual since your freshman orientation?
AT: I changed my major to something completely different than I saw myself doing, and it is a perfect fit for me. I have become much more independent and confident with myself. I’ve really grown up and I’m excited for what will happen next!
EP: To count all of the changes over my time at Ferris would be nearly impossible, but the biggest change would be broadening my horizons by meeting so many different types of people.
SS: I have changed and grown immensely. Since freshman orientation, I have become more confident and comfortable with who I am, I take advantage of opportunities presented to me, and I have become more eager and excited to see what my future has in store.
DA: I have absolutely grown as an individual since my freshman orientation. I am more outgoing, and have become a more confident person.
What’s the biggest piece of advice you have for incoming freshman?
SS: Becoming involved on campus is one of the best things you can do to grow as an individual. Don’t be afraid to meet new people who may be ‘different,’ because that’s what college is all about!
EP: Get involved. There’s no better way to further yourself professionally and socially. It’s the reason a lot of people stay at Ferris.
AT: Get involved! Getting involved on campus has allowed me to meet so many people and have so much fun. It has opened up so many opportunities for me.
DA: My best piece of advice for incoming freshman is to get involved and make sure that they are well organized.