I am building my future in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Whereas a lot of young adults can’t wait to leave home and go far, far away, Jordan Garland has always wanted to stay in the region – near her family and her alma mater. “The Great Lakes Bay Region has so many opportunities. I want to stay here.”
She wasn’t sure that would be an option, so shortly before she graduated from SVSU [2012, B.A., management major], she visited with university president, Eric Gilbertson, to ask his advice about various companies she was interested in interviewing with – ranging from small to Fortune 500 – and many of them out of the region. When he asked Jordan, “would you like to stay here?,” she perked up even more. His question led to more conversations which led to an offer of a graduate assistantship as she pursued her MBA. By July 2012, she was enrolled in the SVSU MBA program.
I am forever grateful.
“My [undergraduate] experience would not have been the same without the people who cared about me. I am forever grateful for those who believed in me.
I am an engaged learner and leader.
Jordan thinks back to only a handful of years ago when she arrived at SVSU. Though she lived nearby [her hometown is Midland], she wanted to have a complete college experience and so chose to live on campus. That was the first door of opportunity that was opened to Jordan. She got involved in Living Leadership and soon became an active student leader. As a residential student, she also became of member of the Residence Hall Association and ultimately, president of Pine Grove Community Council.
Jordan says these experiences not only helped build her confidence, but gave her opportunities to manage people, create relationships with the university administration, lead meetings, attend conferences, and engage regularly in public speaking.
I am confident and caring.
Jordan Garland is confident about her future, and she sees it taking shape in this region. Between her undergraduate academic preparation, her out-of-class opportunities for leadership and now the grad assistantship work she is doing for the Center for Economic Development, she’s ready for the next chapter of her life. She will complete her MBA in December 2013 and hopes for a career in non-profit management, either owning her own or managing a foundation.