“The biggest cultural difference between CMU and the first campus I attended was the sense of community and home,” says Melissa Lee, ’10. Melissa, who attended Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City for a couple of years before transferring to CMU, says she loved how fired up CMU students were about attending Central.
“At my first campus, many of the students commuted and didn't have a lot invested in the college other than their individual classes,” Melissa said. “At CMU, students were not only invested in their classes and professional development, but they honestly loved living up to the title of ‘CMU Chippewa.’ Central absolutely became a home to me.”
Melissa graduated with a degree in integrative public relations at CMU. Through her studies and extracurricular involvements in professional development organizations on campus, she says she learned valuable skills that she uses every day in her work as marketing specialist and social marketing coordinator for Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority and Saginaw MAX System of Care.
“I miss CMU every day,” Melissa said. “I love my job and I am excited for the next chapters of my life, but the friends and connections I made during my time at CMU will always be with me. Visiting campus is like coming home for me. It will always hold a special place in my heart.”