• Undergraduate Institution: Ferris State University
  • Undergraduate Major(s) & Degree(s) Achieved: Recreational Leadership Management/ Secondary Education
  • Graduate Institution(s): Ferris State University
  • Graduate Major(s) & Degree(s) Achieved:
    Curriculum & instruction / Special Education


Why did you decide to attend college?

I knew that I needed to do something more challenging and wanted to create more opportunities for myself

How did you learn that you were a first generation college student?

Through discussions with my parents, my father is retired military, so he never attended college. My mother was busy being a military wife and never had time to attend

What support system or mentors did you have in college?

I had tremendous faculty (at all levels). Also, my girlfriend (now wife) was attending at the same time.

What were your personal, family or community strengths that motivated you to persist to graduation?

Tremendous dedication to succeed in everything I do.

What surprised you most about your college experience?

The expectations were much greater than high school.

Related to your achievement, what are you most proud of when you look back today?

Graduating Magna Cum Laude


What advice do you have to a first generation college student pursuing a degree at Ferris?

Seek out help. Find a mentor. Learn how failing can be the biggest motivator to success