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Karen GreenBay


College/Department: Students with Children Program
Title: Program Director
Office: Arts & Sciences 1043
Phone: 231-591-5034
Email: [email protected]

  • Undergraduate Institution: Ferris State University
  • Undergraduate Major(s) & Degree(s) Achieved: Office Administration
  • Graduate Institution(s): Ferris State University
  • Graduate Major(s) & Degree(s) Achieved: Higher Education/Career Technical Education

What support system or mentors did you have in college?
Academic Advisor, Dean's Office

What is something that you know now, that you wish you knew when you were in college?
I wish I would have been more assertive in reaching out for assistance and asking more questions. Although my academic ability was great, but my financial resources were limited and instead of contacting the financial aid office to inquire about options; I chose to leave the current institution. Connecting with positive role models is very important.

What advice do you have for a first-generation college student pursuing a degree at Ferris?
Communication is instrumental. Ask questions. College can be intimidating and you may not know where to start; but talk to someone. Class attendance is critical; don't be influenced by others who may not take college seriously. Sign up for a mentor program for encouragement and advice. Keep your circle of friends who are positive and peers with goals to complete their college degree. Meet your academic advisor and follow the academic plan that is structured for your progress.