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Success Stories

Success stories are written every day by students at MSU, the nation’s top public research university for student engagement.

Spartan undergraduates are connected and challenged in ways that translate into active learning, critical thinking, and, ultimately, higher graduation rates and career success—strategic factors in MSU’s Student Success Initiative.

Hear from some of them as they describe their own stories of Spartan success.

Spartan Success Story: Jadel Hughes Davis

Spartan Success Story: Michigan State University Honors College senior Jadel Hughes Davis planned to pursue a career in the fashion industry, but after learning how chemical engineers help others, she was inspired to enroll in the Michigan State University College of Engineering. She has interned with a multinational company and conducted research alongside faculty.

Posted by Michigan State University on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Becoming a STEM activist

Jadel Hughes Davis
Senior, chemical engineering

Honors College senior Jadel Hughes Davis planned to pursue a career in the fashion industry, but after learning how chemical engineers help others, she was inspired to enroll in MSU’s College of Engineering. The first-generation college student, who enjoyed the support of mentors in the MSU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, has interned with a multinational company and conducted research alongside faculty. Before she begins her engineering career, she’ll be the student speaker at the College of Engineering commencement ceremony.

Spartan Success Story: Alex Marx

Spartan Success Story: Alex Marx, an environmental studies and sustainability sophomore, was sold on MSU when he received an email that featured an urban farm and honeybees on campus. Now he's the cofounder of Land Grant Goods, the first MSU-affiliated, student-run business.

Posted by Michigan State University on Friday, April 28, 2017

Delivering the goods

Alex Marx
Sophomore, environmental studies and sustainability

Alex Marx was sold on MSU when he received an email that featured an urban farm and honeybees on campus. His passion for food systems and urban development was fed by work with the Student Organic Farm and multi-state travel to present research. Now the cofounder of Land Grant Goods, which sells locally sourced food products, is following a customized career path that includes a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Spartan Success Story: Maighlin Kolesar

Spartan Success Story: Michigan State University Honors College senior Maighlin Kolesar's interests were met with opportunities to work in the neuro-ophthalmology clinic and the athletics department student-athlete nutrition program. Her contributions gained national recognition with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Posted by Michigan State University on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Success is a team sport

Maighlin Kolesar
Senior, nutritional science

A large university with myriad opportunities was the perfect fit for Maighlin Kolesar, an Honors College senior from a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Kolesar traveled the country as a student equipment manager for the football team, and her interest in nutritional science and athletics was met with opportunities to work in the neuroophthalmology clinic and the student-athlete nutrition program. Her contributions as a volunteer assisting athletes in MSU’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Club gained national recognition with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 100 hours of service in a year.

Spartan Success Story: Matthew Eleweke

Spartan Success Story: Advertising senior Matthew Eleweke's entrepreneurial spirit found a home at MSU. He gained valuable experience through internships with the Detroit Zoo and DTE Energy and created a studying and networking app.

Posted by Michigan State University on Monday, May 1, 2017

Making connections

Matthew Eleweke
Senior, advertising management

Advertising major Matthew Eleweke gained valuable experience during internships with the Detroit Zoo and DTE Energy, but he always knew he wanted to create something of his own. His entrepreneurial spirit found a home within MSU’s entrepreneurship network, which provides educational and financial support for MSU startups. He and his team developed a studying and networking app, and a trip to the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas—a premiere event for entrepreneurs—gave them the opportunity to connect with business leaders and other universities.

Spartan Success Story: Paul Lee

Spartan Success Story: Persistence. Hard work. Access to some of the largest collegiate career fairs in the country. This is how MSU Broad College of Business sophomore Paul Lee got an internship his freshman year.

Posted by Michigan State University on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Never give up

Paul Lee
Sophomore, supply chain management

Paul Lee came to MSU’s Broad College of Business with one goal: get an internship his freshman year. After more than 50 interviews, he succeeded by receiving an internship and co-op offer. In addition to persistence and hard work, he credits his achievement to the plethora of services available at the Lear Corporation Career Services Center, advice and encouragement from mentors and faculty, and access to some of the largest collegiate career fairs in the country.

Spartan Success Story: Rachel King

Spartan Success Story: MSU senior Rachel King is a future science educator who helps younger Spartans transition smoothly to college life through her work as a Spartan Success Coach. Now she possesses the tools she needs to help students in the classroom.

Posted by Michigan State University on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Striking the right balance

Rachel King
Senior, physical science

As a Spartan Success Coach, senior Rachel King helps other Spartans transition smoothly to college life by providing support and access to academic resources in MSU’s Neighborhood Engagement Centers. The future science educator found an insightful and tight-knit science community at MSU, exploring innovative teaching methods that push her to think critically and build on concepts in the classroom. King always has believed the best way to teach science is to do science, and now she has the tools to help students in the classroom do just that.

Spartan Success Story: Naomi Kamitha

Spartan Success Story: Through the MSU College of Arts & Letters Citizen Scholars Program, Naomi Kamitha, a MasterCard Foundation Scholar, has access to a community of peers and faculty mentors in her field and opportunities to grow her research skills as she pursues advocacy for gender-inclusive policies in Africa.

Posted by Michigan State University on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Developing voice and vision

Naomi Kamitha
Freshman, women’s and gender studies

MasterCard Foundation Scholar Naomi Kamitha’s rich network of friends from Africa at MSU shares a vision to advance the continent. The Honors College freshman is a member of the College of Arts and Letters Citizen Scholars Program, which is designed to prepare the next generation of diverse, high-achieving and engaged citizen leaders. Kamitha has access to a community of peers and faculty mentors in her field and opportunities to grow her research skills as she pursues advocacy for gender-inclusive policies in Africa.

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