Alexandra recalls a younger version of herself stumbling upon her aunt’s Marygrove textbooks and flipping through them with fascination. Years later, after graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in sociology and linguistics, Alexandra decided to follow in her aunt’s footsteps by enrolling in Marygrove’s Master of Arts program in Human Resource Management (HRM).
When asked about her Marygrove experience, Alexandra immediately recalls feeling a “strong sense of community and a bond of allegiance.” She also remembers being taken under the wing of her professors and some of her older, veteran peers:
“The HRM program connects students to a vast network of invaluable resources. From professors who serve as trusted consultants in the field to classmates who are employed by premier organizations, an HRM student is equipped with all of the tools necessary to be successful as an HR professional,” she explains.
After graduating in 2011, Alexandra became a Human Resource Associate at Jack Morton Worldwide, a global brand-experience agency. “The Detroit office,” she explains, “is the brand-experience agency of record for General Motors.” At Jack Morton, Alexandra is putting the skills she learned at Marygrove to good use. “What feels good is seeing the things I learned in class—through case studies and real-life simulations—come alive on the job: recruiting, onboarding, training, employee relations, staff development and implementing innovative work-life balance initiatives.” What is clear is that Alexandra feels a strong sense of loyalty to Marygrove and according to her, why shouldn’t she? “Marygrove has been loyal to me.”