Curiosity may have killed the cat, but for me it’s the key to both teaching and scholarship. I’ve always found Elizabethan literature exciting because it’s such a tremendous puzzle. The Elizabethans are as culturally different from us as anyone alive today, yet we inherit from them our language, many of our great poetic works, and part of our sense of who we are. I also want my students above all to be curious. Without intellectual curiosity all their abundant intelligence, creativity, and determination will have nowhere to go.
Majors and Concentrations
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Assistant Director of Admission
Education: B.A., Secondary Education, English and Political Science; Western Michigan University, 2005
Hometown: Jackson, Mich.; Jackson High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: First off, I absolutely love to travel and enjoy experiencing new places as often as possible. In my free time I also enjoy reading, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, playing tennis, volleyball, and skiing.
What makes Albion special to you: I truly believe that Albion is a great place to learn and grow. The sense of community and individual attention students receive sets Albion apart from any other educational experience I have ever been a part of.
Favorite Albion Moment: Some of my favorite moments at Albion College involve watching my little sister playing for the Briton women's soccer team!
Best College Search Tip: Make a list of what you want out of a school to start your search. Think of the academic offerings, size, location and your interests. This will help to narrow your search. After you have narrowed down your choices, schedule a campus visit. That way you will begin to see firsthand if the college is the right fit for you.
Recruitment Territories: Michigan Counties: Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Wayne (Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods)
Out of State: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Alternative/Private Loan Options
There are a number of lenders who provide alternative loans. The College can provide you with a list of those lenders that students have used in the past; we, however, don’t rank or recommend any lenders.
Be an Informed Borrower
Loan provisions and requirements vary greatly and change frequently. You should contact the lender for specific information regarding the most current interest rate, fees and eligibility requirements before taking a loan. You should carefully research the loan company you are considering doing business with. The Federal Trade Commission has a helpful web site that provides tips on items to look for when selecting a lender.
Important Information About Applying
Once you have decided to apply for an alternative loan allow 3-5 business days to have your application forwarded to our office. When you have completed your application online you should notify our office either via email
or calling 517/629-0440.
Items to Consider When Comparing Loans
To ensure that you are fully informed, you should read the lender's application and promissory note fully for specific information regarding the terms and conditions of your loan. Important questions to ask before taking a loan include:
- What is the minimum and maximum loan amounts offered per year and cumulatively?
- Is the amount you are eligible to borrow tied to school costs and other financial aid received?
- What is the approximate time it takes to obtain a decision for loan approval?
- Are there any minimum enrollment requirements? If so, what are they?
- What are the credit criteria for loan approval? Do they include a debt-to-income ratio or other income requirements?
- What is considered "poor credit," and is no credit considered poor credit?
- What steps will the lender take to help qualify borrowers with poor credit?
- Are co-signers an option or a requirement? Under what conditions are they required?
- Is there an option to release the co-signer at a later date? If so, what are the conditions?
Interest Rates and Fees:
- What is the interest rate? What is it based on (i.e. Prime, T-Bill, etc.)?
- Is the interest rate fixed or variable? If variable, how frequently can the rate change?
- Is there a maximum amount the interest rate can increase with each change?
- Is the loan adjusted based on a rate changes? For example, will interest be capitalized (added to the principal) or will the repayment term or amount be adjusted?
- What fees are charged? When and how are fees paid?
- What is the total cost of the loan over the life of the loan?
Repayment Terms and Conditions:
- What are the minimum and maximum repayment terms and payment amounts?
- Are there any restrictions or special conditions you need to consider?
- When does repayment begin? Is there a grace period before payments are expected? If so, how long is it?
- Can payments be deferred? If so, under what circumstances?
- Are payments required while you are in school?
- Are there any prepayment penalties?
After originating a loan, the lender can keep the loan until it is paid in full, sell it to a secondary market or keep it and contract with a servicer to manage the day-to-day details of tracking and collecting loan payments.
- When are the loan funds disbursed?
- Will you have online access to the application process and for account inquiry?
- Who do you contact for questions about your loans?
- Can the lender combine your private and federal loan payments into one bill?
Obtaining a Loan:
There are a number of lenders that provide alternative loans; review a list of popular lenders.
Spring Receptions for Admitted Students
We’re coming to your area!
You and your family are cordially invited to a special reception for admitted students. At these events you will have the opportunity to:
Meet current students and others enrolling at Albion to make connections now.
Get your final “fit” and financial aid questions answered.
There is no better way to confirm that Albion is “your college!”