Ebony Thompson

Ebony Thompson Student

Pontiac, Michigan
High School
Clawson High School
Social work
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Military science
May 2015
“I got to travel to South Korea as part of the ROTC cultural and language proficiency program. I had the opportunity to visit the Korean military academy, meet their army generals and visit the United Nations cemetery. A lot of the cadets I went with were Korean-Americans so I also got to experience their family’s culture. I liked how close their family and friends were. They made dinner a big deal, which is something I want to do with my family one day.”
“Through ROTC I had an internship with the Family Advocacy Program in Fort Bliss, Texas. I learned the process of conducting a child and substance abuse investigation, specifically the responsibilities of caseworkers in the investigations. I got to sit in on case reviews and in one-on-one sessions with the soldiers.”
“Seeing all the challenges my parents faced because they didn’t go to a four-year college gave me the motivation to better myself. I did everything I could to set myself up for success.”
“Volunteering during winter Alternative Break 2013 for a women’s group home in Greenville, South Carolina, was a humbling experience. A lot of the girls there were running away from an abusive environment and many didn’t have a childhood. Throughout the week, I got to hear their stories, help set up Christmas decorations and wrap presents they received from donors. It definitely made me appreciate the things I have a lot more.”
“My planner is my best friend. If you write down your class schedule, when you want to study, meetings, extra curricular activities and your social time, you’ll be far more likely to succeed in college and in life.”
“My long-term goal is to become a social worker in the military so I can help veterans who have mental health issues transition back into civilian life. I need a master’s degree to do that, so I’ve applied to a few schools to pursue my masters in social work. In the meantime, I’m interning at EightCAP Inc. in Mount Pleasant. We provide veterans families with many support services, including car repairs, child care, financial support and finding housing.”
“I want to thank CMU for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a community. All the opportunites you provided me with helped me stay focused on the better things in life. Also, to my supervisors Tera Emmendorfer and Steve Rellinger, thank you for supporting me on a daily basis. I’m not a very open person but you both always knew when I was experiencing tough times. I appreciate all of your words of encouragement that helped me push through.”
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Peer Advising Veterans Education Program
  • Commission on Aging
  • Alternative Breaks
  • Family Advocacy program
  • EightCAP Inc. intern
  • Child and Family Enrichment Council