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Turning a love for organization into a career

Student’s talent for organizing leads to campus project, job path

Contact: Heather Smith


​Angela Hill's passion for organization runs deep. The Central Michigan University student has transformed her love for organizing into the foundation of a career and one more campus job before she graduates this May.

Hill, a senior from Port Huron studying human resources management, is using the skills gained in her classes, experiences in internships and knowledge of the university to help CMU University Recreation explore its office culture, collaboration with student employees involved in its Student Enrichment Council and other leadership initiatives. 

As a peer assessor for University Recreation, Hill is tasked with gathering information and data that will strengthen partnerships between full-time staff and students. She also hopes her research will identify ways to grow the council's impact on campus.

"It's exciting to be able to take what I've learned in classes and through internships, and use it for this project. This campus has become a home. I want to make a difference for students, for staff and for this university now and long term."
— Angela Hill, Port Huron​​ senior

Stan Shingles, assistant vice president of University Recreation, hired Hill.

"CMU has faculty teaching incredible lessons in the classroom. This was a tremendous opportunity to let a student take that knowledge one step further and apply it in a real-world situation before she ever leaves Central," Shingles said.

The project is already providing Hill with experience creating surveys that she will later administer. She also will conduct one-on-one interviews with both full-time staff and students.

"It's exciting to be able to take what I've learned in classes and through internships, and use it for this project," said Hill. "This campus has become a home. I want to make a difference for students, for staff and for this university now and long term."

Finding her calling in human resources

Hill's path to human resources and her most recent project all began during her sophomore year, when she became the Student Government Association representative for CMU's Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She saw the need for the association to come together under an organized platform and efforts.

Her leadership helped move the chapter forward and inspired Hill to pursue a major in human resources management. The program allowed her to build a career examining organizations, identifying opportunities to be more efficient and effective, and helping strengthen businesses or nonprofits.

Hill has completed three internships in her nearly four years as a student at CMU and has worked in more than five offices on campus. In each position, she has volunteered to take on projects that tackle improvements to office processes.

"You have to take the experiences presented to you. There are amazing opportunities to gain experience on campus or through internships. You just have to be willing to say yes and take a chance," Hill said of her past jobs and internships, as well as her current project.

When she wraps up classes and her project with University Recreation this spring, Hill will launch her career aimed at eventually working in health care human resources.

"I love helping people," Hill said. "My goal is to be happy and to make a difference in others' lives through human resources."


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