- I trace my interests in public policy and environmental action back to a summer I spent with a student research team studying the impact of land development in the Kalamazoo River watershed near Albion. I followed that research with an internship at the Environmental Law Foundation in London.
- Through these experiences I learned about the complex political, economic, and social decisions that surround land development and how important it was for me to be well informed on these issues in order to take a credible stand on protecting environmentally sensitive areas. And I determined I wanted to pursue a career in environmental law.
- My time at Albion stretched me—academically and personally.
- I studied everything from geology and biology to ethics and journalism, which was excellent preparation for my work today advising government agencies as they strive for the appropriate balance between developing our nation’s natural resources and conserving its environmental values.
- Albion developed my skills for critical thinking and effective communication.
- They're so fundamental to the practice of law. Acquiring those skills—and applying them in real-world settings— made all the difference for me.
Take It Further: Political Science, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Pre-Law
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- In a nutshell, what do you do?
- On a daily basis, I support my producer and help to make sure that her workday is a little less stressful. I help her run meetings, email clients, fix promotions, and communicate with developers to make sure our sites are up and running smoothly.
- What are you working on right now?
- I'm working on ten promotions right now: seven sweepstakes, two instant-wins, and one contest.
- Why do you love what you do?
- I absolutely love my job at ePrize. I have never had the same day twice while working here. It's a very fast-paced and fun-loving environment with people who truly enjoy collaborating. I learn something new every day; whether it's how to code a particular item on a website or the best way to handle a conflict with a client. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect place to learn and grow in my field.
- How did Albion help you get there?
- I actually became connected with ePrize through an alumnus of Albion College. I was able to reach out to this particular alum through the Career Development Office at Albion and set up an informational interview with him to learn more about ePrize and their internship program. I then attended the Michigan College Foundation open house with Albion during my senior year, which was held at ePrize. I was hooked on working at ePrize after that day.
- For me, Albion ...
- ... will always be my home. It's the place where I learned who I was and where I wanted to go. I can safely say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the amazing people I met and the experiences that I had at Albion College.
- Anything else you'd like to add?
- I chose Mass Communication because I wanted to learn more about how people communicate with one another, but more specifically through different mediums such as social media. Although I'm not currently working in anthropology, I'm very happy that I took so many courses in this area of study. I truly believe that learning about different cultures helped me to easily work with people who communicate and understand things differently from myself.
Take It Further: Video: Rebecca at ePrize; Communication Studies; Anthropology and Sociology
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Amy Menken Nobile
From intern to instant success.
- Albion allows you to find out who you are and where you’re supposed to be.
Amy always knew she wanted to create.
As a high school student, Amy gravitated toward anything to do with creativity. She wrote as often as she could, but she never really felt like she was coming into her own. She was looking for new experiences and a chance to break out, and when she heard about Albion’s New York Arts Program, she knew exactly where she was going to go to college.
At Albion, she found her creative outlet.
As soon as Amy stepped on campus, she felt like she was finally where she belonged. In her public speaking and creative writing classes, she learned the value of creativity—her original thoughts were always encouraged, appreciated, and celebrated. Through the New York Arts Program, she interned with The Late Show with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live. Thanks to these experiences, she was convinced that she could successfully express her creativity in a writing career.
And now, she’s sharing her story with the world.
Along with her friend and writing partner Trisha Ashworth, Amy is the author of I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids, I’d Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper, and Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms, and she has two more books in the works. In addition, two of her books are currently being developed into television shows. Together, she and Trisha have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, Today, and Rachael Ray. It’s a path that began at Albion, and it’s taking Amy places she never imagined.
Take It Further: Visit Amy's blog; Communication Studies Department, English
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From top law student to passionate entrepreneur.
- Albion helped me find myself and my purpose, and I became a leader in the process.
In high school, Moose was focused.
Moose, who moved to the U.S. from Beirut at a young age, knew good grades were his only ticket to college. He studied hard, maintained a high GPA, and was looking for a school where he could receive a good education and also play football at a competitive level. It took just one visit to Albion to convince him he’d found the right place.
At Albion, he found room to grow.
As an economics and management major with plans to continue to law school, Moose found Albion to be the perfect stepping-stone between high school and the real world. Both nurturing and challenging, Albion gave him exposure to many different experiences and an open path to explore each of them. But it was in a business ethics course that he first discovered his entrepreneurial spirit.
Today, he's helping people navigate through the mortgage crisis.
After graduating from Columbia University’s Law School, Moose founded LoanMod.com, a foreclosure-prevention firm. He attributes much of his success to the impressive collection of peers, mentors, and advocates he’s found in the Albion alumni network. Case in point: when Forbes magazine wanted to profile Moose, he knew exactly who to call—former Newsweek editor-in-chief and Albion grad Rick Smith, '68, who told him everything he needed to know about giving a great interview.
Take It Further: Moose featured on PBS; Economics and Management, Gerstacker Institute
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