For Kristen Beyer, '16, Albion College is her home away from home. "The professors here are more than willing to help students with anything that they may need, from staying late for office hours, emailing back almost immediately and giving each student the hands-on experience they need to succeed. During my three years at Albion, I have been inspired by so many professors and will always be grateful for what they have done for me."
Kristen has had many hands-on opportunities throughout her time on campus. During the fall of her junior year, Kristen was given the chance to study abroad with the Boston University London Internship Program. Coming into college, she says she never thought that she would receive the opportunity to go abroad. While in London, she was given a rigorous course schedule based on her interests in advertising, marketing, and public relations while also completing a marketing and public relations internship. Her internship was for a start-up project and cost management company called Future54, located in Victoria. Here, Kristen applied her knowledge from both her course work at Albion College and the internship program to improve the Company's marketing and public relations strategies. Several of her suggestions are still used today by the company. "This hands-on experience gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and step out of my comfort zone. I came back from London a completely different person, and I have Albion College to thank for that", Kristen says.
On Albion's campus, Kristen is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority where she has served as both the Event Director and the Online Media Manager. She is also a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communications Honor Society. This summer, Kristen is getting more hands-on experience through her internship with Albion's Marketing Communications office, where she is learning more about the marketing field and putting her knowledge to work in a real-world environment.
"I'm thankful that I chose a Liberal Arts education because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my future, and Albion College has allowed me to take various classes so that I can discover what I am truly passionate about". Kristen has now found her passion for the marketing field and is planning for her future. Currently, Kristen is on track to graduate December of 2016, and is applying to graduate schools, hoping to eventually receive her Master's Degree in International Marketing!