"If it hadn’t been for my start at Bay College, I doubt that I would have been as successful as I was as an undergraduate student."
Bay College has been a stepping-stone in my career path at two different points in my life. First, I attended Bay following graduation from high school in 2004. I spent my first two years of college being challenged and supported by Bay’s faculty and staff while living at home and working part time. My achievement of an Associate in Arts degree at Bay granted me the confidence to transition smoothly to a university in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree. After another four years of hard work, I graduated in 2010 with honors earning a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education with majors in mathematics and Spanish. If it hadn’t been for my start at Bay College, I doubt that I would have been as successful as I was as an undergraduate student.
Second, I worked at Bay College as a tutor, supplemental instruction leader, and adjunct instructor in mathematics between 2011 and 2013. It was during that time that I realized I wanted to teach mathematics at the college level full time. Knowing I would have to apply to graduate school and brush up on my advanced math skills, I enrolled as a student to take Differential Equations with instructor Spencer Slade. I appreciated Spencer’s use of a variety of learning activities and especially the creation of a sense of community. Even though it had been a few years since I took a mathematics course, I did not feel alone in tackling new material. When I began the application process for graduate school in late 2012, I got nothing but encouragement and support from my colleagues and students. It was my experience at Bay that inspired me to move forward in reaching my goals. Today I am working toward a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics so that I may make a career of teaching mathematics at the college level. I am thankful for the role that the Bay College community has played in getting me where I am today.
"Without a strong mathematics education from Bay College, I wouldn’t be in the position that I am currently in."
After graduating high school in 2004, I enrolled in the Pre-Engineering program at Bay College with the hope of transferring to Michigan Tech to finish my degree. While at Bay, I took the calculus series, differential equations, and linear algebra all with Spencer Slade. I did go on to Michigan Tech, starting in 2006. After a year in an engineering program, I transferred to mathematics with the hope of becoming an Actuary. Thanks to the great mathematics foundation that was formed to me while at Bay, I graduated in 2009.
After graduation, with the economy being in a recession, I could not find employment as an Actuary. As luck would have it, I was hired at Bay as an adjunct instructor starting with the fall semester of 2009. While at Bay, I also worked as a tutor and supplemental instruction leader. After falling in love with teaching college mathematics, a career path that I never had envisioned for myself, I started graduate school at Central Michigan in the fall of 2011. Again, thanks to a great mathematics foundation, I graduated in 2013.
Since fall of 2013, I have been serving as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Silver Lake College, in Manitowoc, WI. One of the main reasons that I was hired for this position right out of graduate school was because of all the experience that Bay gave me as an adjunct. Being a small 4-year, liberal arts college, I am the only full-time mathematics faculty and serve as the department chair. I model my teaching methods after Bay College’s own, Spencer Slade. I even ask him for advice from time-to-time.
Without a strong mathematics education from Bay College, I wouldn’t be in the position that I am currently in.