Perhaps my favorite part of teaching at Albion is the chance to learn about so many different fields of study. For example, one of my senior thesis students is examining personality differences in investment choices. In fact, representatives from a major mutual fund family are really interested in what he is doing! I know, I know, that sounds like economics, not psychology. Well, I am not sure where the dividing line is between psychology and other areas—or that we should even worry about arbitrary dividing lines in the first place. This year, I am supervising three seniors on their thesis research projects, and am working with other students in religious studies, physical education, and economics on their research as well. I find I am always learning—right along with my students.
Majors and Concentrations
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Assistant Director of Admission
Education: B.A. Broadcast Journalism and Communication, University of Northern Colorado, 2006
Hometown: I spent the first 12 years of my life in Southern California and then moved to Denver, Colorado, where I called home for 14 years. My husband and I moved to Michigan last fall.
Hobbies/Fun Facts: My husband is a football coach here at Albion so I love attending the football games! I also enjoy walking my Shiba Inu, Capone, around Victory Park, visiting friends and family in Denver, and exploring the beautiful state of Michigan.
What makes Albion College special to you? The students and alumni make Albion College such a special place. I've really enjoyed getting to know current students and watching them make a difference on this campus. Our students and alumni share a deep sense of pride for Albion and everything the college stands for. I've really never seen anything like it!
Favorite Albion Moments: Cheering on the football team at home games is definitely my favorite Albion moment. Briton football games hold many traditions including the pre-game performance by the British Eighth marching band and a packed "Brit Pit" student section full of enthusiastic fans decorated in purple and gold.
Best College Search Tip: Visit both large and small schools! Some students automatically rule out schools based on their size. You really won't know what feels like the right fit until you visit campus and meet students. During the college search process, make an effort to step outside of your comfort zone and visit small, medium-size, and large-sized schools.
Recruitment Territories: Michigan Counties: Midland, Oakland (South/Northwest), Wayne (Canton, Livonia, Northville)
Out of State: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas
Academic and Career Exploration
A powerful mix.
All parts of the Albion Advantage come together in our Career Readiness Model. In your first year, you will map out your path to graduation, working with your faculty adviser, the Career Development Office, and other mentors. You will evaluate your personal strengths and identify career fields where those strengths would allow you to shine. At the same time, you will develop an academic plan and look ahead to the selection of your major.
During your sophomore and junior years, you will refine your academic plan and gain practical, marketable skills through experience-based learning opportunities such as independent research, internships, and off-campus study. As you progress through your four years at Albion, you will compile your accomplishments in an electronic resume that may be shared with future employers and/or graduate and professional schools. You will leave Albion confident in your abilities and ready for success.
Allie Judson, '08
Making public policy on 'the Hill'
Executive Assistant, Office of U.S. Congressman David Camp
The classes I took at Albion prepared me well for the policy side of work on Capitol Hill. The liberal arts approach I learned in those classes gave me the encouragement to find a job that combined my personal strengths with my academic interests. After four years and two internships (in Paris, France and Washington, D.C.), I can confidently say that the variety of opportunities, in and out of the classroom, put me where I am today.