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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From multisport athlete to corporate CEO.
- I was drawn to Albion for sports, but it was the liberal arts education that made all the difference.
In high school, he was an athlete.
At Farmington High School, Doug’s life revolved around his football, basketball, baseball, and track teams. But it was off the field, in his math classes, where he discovered his aptitude for numbers. And when he graduated, he looked for a college where he could follow these athletic and academic pursuits. At Albion, he saw an opportunity to excel.
At Albion, he found his purpose.
At a time when computer programming was just becoming a popular career choice, Doug studied computer science. But it was in a microeconomics class—taken as part of his core liberal arts studies—that he saw how his math skills could have real-world value, as well as incredible financial rewards.
And today, his career is soaring.
An airline industry leader for more than two decades, Doug recently became chief executive officer of American Airlines Group, the world's largest carrier following the merger of American and US Airways. At Albion, he gained a fundamental understanding of how economies work, and he chose an industry where his business management studies could be put to good use. He relies on this background every day as he continues to shape the future of commercial aviation.
Take It Further: Profile on Doug in Io Triumphe! magazine; Doug interviewed on NPR; Doug featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer; Economics and Management, Gerstacker Institute
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From math whiz to world changer.
- Albion allowed me to discover what I truly loved and gave me the confidence to pursue it.
In high school, she thought she'd found her career.
Although Mallory was an excellent math and science student in high school, she really wanted to become an event planner, working behind the scenes at awards ceremonies, parades, and parties. In her college search, she looked at big schools and small schools, and was ultimately attracted to Albion because of the close relationships that professors have with their students.
At Albion, she took a different path.
Mallory began pursuing event planning by working on Albion’s Union Board, but it was through the study-abroad program and her experiences in the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management that she found her true calling. She studied in Paris, added a major in French, and lived in the foreign language house. She knew there must be a way to combine all of these interests into a career.
Today, she's putting her education to work.
Now, as the owner of World Clothes Line, Mallory brings together her love for international travel with her experience in business while giving back and helping others. For every item of clothing that she sells, her company donates a similar item to a needy person in Peru, Indonesia, Africa, or the U.S. She plans to expand her operations to other countries as she continues to travel and as her business grows.
Take It Further: Mallory's Africa trip, Mallory's Gerstacker experience, Economics and Management, French, Modern Languages and Cultures
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From biology lab to best-seller list.
- At Albion, I got a true, deep, and rich liberal arts education.
In high school, Jon liked just about everything.
As a student at Culver Military Academy, Jon excelled in classes in a variety of fields. Unsure of his future plans, he kept circling back to a career in medicine. Coming from a small town, he was drawn to Albion’s smaller size, and the scholarships he received convinced him to choose Albion.
At Albion, he was inspired.
As a pre-med student, Jon spent a lot of time in the biology lab, but he also began to explore his flair for writing. He was particularly inspired by a course on myths, dreams, and fairy tales, where he discovered how he could use the structure of fairy tales to create his own stories. One of his first was inspired by an assignment for a comparative anatomy class: with “Ode to a Trout Skull” and other pieces, he started to hone his style.
And now, he’s inspiring children of today.
In 2008, Jon was named the Library of Congress’s first-ever National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. A former teacher turned best-selling author, he’s sold over 11 million copies of his books worldwide, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Math Curse, and the Time Warp Trio series.
Take It Further: A Q&A with Jon about his latest book, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor; English; Biology; Pre-Medicine
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