Evan Kneisel, '17

Evan Kneisel, '17

As a senior in high school, Evan Kneisel, '17, visited his fair share of colleges, trying to figure out where he wanted to spend the next four years of his life. During his visit to Albion's campus, though, he instantly knew that it was the right fit for him. He describes Albion College as tightly knit, whose faculty and students are all actively involved in the betterment of both the College and the surrounding community. "What sets Albion apart from other schools is how the faculty genuinely want you to succeed and they will go to great lengths to put you in a position for success," he says. When asked to describe his experience at Albion he answers with one word—"opportunity".

Evan has had many hands-on opportunities throughout his time on campus. The Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management has allowed him to gain real world experience through his internship with The Parade Company in Detroit, MI. The transferable skills he obtained from the time spent there helped him to then get another summer internship within the Institutional Advancement department on Albion's campus. Here, he was able to work on "behind the scenes" projects and work with people who care about the direction of Albion College, which then deepened his own appreciation for his school.

On campus, Evan is a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and he is involved with the Gerstacker Institute, which he says has given him the resources and opportunities to expand himself professionally.

Originally, he chose Albion because of the small class sizes and how genuine and passionate the professors are. He explains that he is glad that he chose to attend school here also because the Liberal Arts education has allowed him to become versatile in his education, to learn a little bit about everything while also focusing in on one major area of study. He explains, "the most valuable thing that Albion has taught me wasn't learned in the classroom, it's what I have gained through experiences while out in the real world."

After completing his degree in mass communications at Albion, Evan plans to move out west where his family is located to get a few years of "real-world" experience under his belt in either design, marketing, advertising or sponsorship, before applying for graduate school

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Evan Kneisel

As a senior in high school, Evan Kneisel, ’17, visited his fair share of colleges, trying to figure out where he wanted to spend the next four years of his life. During his visit to Albion’s campus, though, he instantly knew that it was the right fit for him. He describes Albion College as tightly knit, whose faculty and students are all actively involved in the betterment of both the College and the surrounding community. “What sets Albion apart from other schools is how the faculty genuinely want you to succeed and they will go to great lengths to put you in a position for success,” he says. When asked to describe his experience at Albion he answers with one word—“opportunity”.

 Evan has had many hands-on opportunities throughout his time on campus. The Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management has allowed him to gain real world experience through his internship with The Parade Company in Detroit, MI. The transferrable skills he obtained from the time spent there helped him to then get another summer internship within the Institutional Advancement department on Albion’s campus. Here, he was able to work on “behind the scenes” projects and work with people who care about the direction of Albion College, which then deepened his own appreciation for his school.

On campus, Evan is a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and he is involved with the Gerstacker Institute, which he says has given him the resources and opportunities to expand himself professionally.

Originally, he chose Albion because of the small class sizes and how genuine and passionate the professors are. He explains that he is glad that he chose to attend school here also because the Liberal Arts education has allowed him to become versatile in his education, to learn a little bit about everything while also focusing in on one major area of study. He explains, “the most valuable thing that Albion has taught me wasn’t learned in the classroom, it’s what I have gained through experiences while out in the real world.”

After completing his degree in mass communications at Albion, Evan plans to move out west where his family is located to get a few years of “real-world” experience under his belt in either design, marketing, advertising or sponsorship, before applying for graduate school.

Johanna Schulte, '15

Johanna Schulte, '15

Johanna exemplifies the type of student that has their hands in a little bit of everything. "Albion College focuses on the student as an individual, and gives you a lot of opportunities for involvement on campus," she says. Like a lot of other students, Johanna came to Albion because of the small class sizes and the opportunities she would be given to develop strong relationships with professors and faculty.

As President of Student Senate, a member of the Ford Institute, and part of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, Pre-Law Chapter (just to name a few), Johanna has taken on several leadership roles that have been at the forefront of her college experience. "Albion has prepared me for life after college by offering me opportunities to take leadership positions that will foster specific skills. For me, it was public and motivational speaking," she says.

Johanna demonstrated her potential by speaking at the maquette unveiling for the Ford Institute, which included an event on campus, as well as an event at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. "I focused my speech on President Ford's connection to Albion College, and I also had the opportunity to introduce President Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales," which is an honor that she doesn't feel she would have gotten elsewhere. "Albion has made me a better public speaker, which is a skill that is invaluable."

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Jordan Herron, '16

Jordan Herron, ’16

As soon as Jordan started walking, his dad gave him a football, a basketball, and a baseball. His preference for basketball was clear as he spent hours playing in the yard with his Little Tikes basketball hoop. "I told my dad that my dream was to play ball, and he told me that it’s not about playing ball, but it's about getting a degree," Jordan says.

As the first of seven children to attend college, Jordan is thriving at Albion as a student-athlete on the men's basketball team. He feels that everyone on campus, from his teammates to his professors, has pushed him to become his best. "Some of my professors have even given me their home phone number in case I ever need anything. I don't think I would get that level of involvement at a bigger school," he says.

Jordan was nervous about coming to Albion because he didn't know if he could keep up with the academic rigor of the students here, but he didn't let that stop him. "I met (former NBA player) Shane Battier at a gas station when I was little and he told me that it's not about how high you can jump, but it's about how high your GPA is," he says. "Because of my experience here, I now realize that I'm just as capable as anyone else. I just have to work a bit harder to achieve my goal of graduating with a high GPA."

Jordan hopes that his story will inspire his nieces and nephews to continue their education when they're older. "Albion is definitely worth the investment and you won't be sorry about coming here," he says. "The experiences, the relationships, and the education are one of the best in the country. I feel prepared for my future, and I’m a better person because of Albion."

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