From FURSCA to physician.
- Albion helped me achieve balance.
In high school, Mike was uncertain about his goals.
As a high school student, Mike was thinking about going into medicine, but wasn’t completely sure of his direction. When looking at colleges, he had two criteria: he wanted to stay in Michigan, and he wanted to attend a smaller school. Weighing his options, he chose Albion for its exceptional pre-med program and the strength of its liberal arts education.
At Albion, he discovered his calling.
Mike knew a career in medicine was right for him when he shadowed a cardiothoracic surgeon (who happened to be an Albion graduate) during open-heart surgery. Through the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA), he also conducted biological research in Nova Scotia. He began to develop his leadership skills, participating in a host of community service projects at Albion. Between his studies and his many activities, Mike was busy, but he credits Albion with helping him keep everything in balance.
And now, he’s helping build better communities.
Mike is now chief resident with the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine, but his priority is giving back to the community. He was the recipient of the Karmanos Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award as a medical student, and as a resident currently spends time taking care of patients in teen health clinics and performing school physicals in the Ann Arbor area.
Take It Further: Biology, Pre-Medicine, FURSCA
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From student council to corporate counsel.
- Albion is the best educational and life experience a young person can have.
Keith was always passionate about public service.
As a student at Woodhaven High School, Keith excelled in his accounting and business law courses. But what really inspired him were his leadership roles as class president and student body president. After graduation, Keith wanted to continue studying public service and government, while also studying business management. He chose Albion for its Ford Institute, small class sizes, and reputation as a preeminent liberal arts institution.
At Albion, he got real leadership experience.
As a member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Keith had a first-year course in which students served as a city council, debating and addressing real-world issues. He wielded real power as vice president of the Student Senate, which controlled the student activities budget. Through his philosophy courses, he enjoyed a different sort of debate—tackling questions of human behavior and rational thought.
Today, he’s putting his education and experience to work.
Keith continued on to the University of Wisconsin Law School, and today he serves as corporate counsel for Masco Corporation, the nation’s largest manufacturer of home improvement goods. He credits his Albion education for making him the writer, the leader, and the thinker he is today.
Take It Further: Ford Institute, Pre-Law
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From basketball captain to presidential advisor.
- Albion teaches you how to rigorously think through issues and solve problems.
Marty worked hard in high school.
Marty grew up in a tough neighborhood and had to overcome many obstacles. But through his determination and competitive spirit, he earned a scholarship to a prestigious high school. The school’s recommendation letter read, “To say that Marty Nesbitt cares, is emotionally involved in his school, his coaches and teachers, is the most classic of understatements.” And when he was searching for a college where he could continue to make an impact, he chose Albion.
At Albion, he became a strong leader.
He maintained his competitive streak at Albion, both in the classroom and on the court, where he served as co-captain of the basketball team. He became a member of what is now the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management and landed an internship at Deloitte, a leading public accounting firm. Through these experiences, Marty discovered his ability to lead and inspire others.
Today, he's part of a powerful group.
Early in his career, Marty became a close friend and confidant of a young Barack Obama, and went on to serve as advisor and treasurer for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago—which he attended on a full-tuition scholarship—and after more than a decade leading The Parking Spot, a $400-million airport parking company he founded, he has launched The Vistria Group, a private equity firm focused on the education, healthcare and financial-services industries.
Take It Further: Marty's feature in the Chicago Tribune, Economics and Management, Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
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- Katie was selected for Albion's Student Research Partners Program before she even began her first semester.
- I have been interested in research since high school. The Student Research Partners Program was a large part of the reason I selected Albion. Having a paid research position is pretty remarkable.
She worked with psychology professor Andrew Christopher in his research on the relationship between conscientiousness and risk-taking.
- Katie has since taken her research interest to the next level.
She's trying to find psychological and neurological triggers that can be linked to obesity. In between her junior and senior years, she explored just that alongside some of the brightest minds around at the National Institutes of Health. As an NIH Undergraduate Scholar, she returns to Maryland after graduation for a second 10-week internship, followed by two years of employment at the agency.
Meanwhile, graduation comes on the heels of her senior thesis, which examines the treatment of anorexia nervosa in the United States.
- Research isn't a chore or a job. It's something I want to do.
Take It Further: Psychological Science, Neuroscience, Institute for Healthcare Professions, Student Research Partners Program
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