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Alumni Update

Alumni Q&A: Ryan Gregory K‘14

Q: Can you talk about how you’ve spent your life since graduating from K?

A: I could say I’ve lived my life to the fullest, but more seriously, my first year after K, I worked with an Americorps program called City Year.

Basically I worked with 9th grade students in a Detroit high school and helped them develop academically and socially while also doing service work in the community.  Now I’m in grad school at Michigan State University.

Q: Have you moved? How have you been adjusting to life in your new home? Is it radically different than Kalamazoo?

A: I live in East Lansing now, which is similar in that it’s a college town filled with people.  East Lansing is better in some aspects, but Kalamazoo has its advantages too.  I do miss living in Kalamazoo, though.

Q: What do you do for work now?

A: I’m in graduate school obtaining my Master’s degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations.

Q: How did you get into your line of work?

A: I first learned about the Master’s program at K College’s career fair, then I did more research on the program and found out about the amazing opportunities it could offer.  After taking the year off from school, I applied and was accepted.

Q: What experiences during your time at K do you think prepared you for this job?

A: All of my experiences and interactions prepared me.  Being a student-athlete on K’s football team along with studying abroad in Madrid really prepared me for working in teams, dealing with adversity, and the list goes on.

Q: What advice do you have for students who are graduating in June?

A: Enjoy your last few weeks at K, and really enjoy your friends and the relationships you’ve built. Also, try to find something, a career, or an interest that you’re passionate about, but… live it up while you still can.

Q: What’s next?

A: Next is a summer internship with Honeywell in South Carolina, and getting a paycheck!

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Alumni Q&A: Ryan Gregory K‘14