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FSM Student Strength Stories: Education Domain-Tamara T.

Each month, FSM features a student with strengths, skills, and resilience in each of the domains via podcast to celebrate student accomplishments and achievements and share resources with the FSM Network! Listen to the full podcast here. 

Join FSM Student Ambassador Bri S. as she talks to Tamara T. about her strengths in the The Education Domain! Click here to download and listen. 

Meet Tamara T.!!

Academic Degrees and Affiliations:

Western Michigan University             
Bachelor of Business Administration
Haworth College of Business
Recepient of Sustainability Star Award
Graduated, May 2015

Istituto Filippin Paderno Del Grappa, Italy
CIMBA Study abroad, Summer 2013
Program focused on preparation for the global market place

Christ University Bangalore, India
India Gateway Program, Fall 2014
Program focused on corporate social & environmental responsibility

Anticipated Degree: 

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
Higher Education & Student Affairs
Western Michigan University

Campus based support program affiliation:

The Seita Scholars Program,
Western Michigan University


Tell us about your strengths in this domain related to your college experience:
Receiving the Seita Scholarship enabled me to open doors that I didn't even know existed. This also gave me the opportunity to help assist others on their own educational journeys and be able to connect students with their own resources. Starting in my undergraduate time at WMU I worked as a student ambassador. This entailed doing outreach calls to perspective students, giving campus tour etc. Additionally I took a position in the Seita Scholars program as the directors assistant and worked on programming for other youth who had experience in fostercare.

Upon graduation I started working at the Kalamazoo State Theater and helped build a relationship with WMU's Seita Scholar Program. They now partner with the program on a holiday event every December and donate a portion of all ticket sales to the program.

Currently I work as a Graduate Assistant in the office of Institutional Effectiveness, focusing on program review, accreditation and strategic planning efforts.


What do you think the most important resource is in this domain?
I believe that being able to access essential resources and establish a solid network of people within your professional, personal and educational realms is very important. This past summer I had the opportunity to work on a transition program that aimed at assisting incoming Seita Scholars with just that.


What do you hope to do after graduation?
I have guardianship of my two brothers whom attend high school at Kalamazoo Central, therefore I will be sticking around the Kalamazoo area for at least another four years. Hopefully I can gain employment in the Kalamazoo area upon graduating this upcoming spring!


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