Eric Ostrowski

Eric Ostrowski Student

Northville, Michigan
High School
Northville High School
Human Resources Management
College of Business Administration
Information Systems, Music, Leadership
May 2016
“When I was in high school, I was planning to go into vocal music education. I had looked into different colleges, and CMU was the last one I visited. I felt right at home here. I was so welcomed by the School of Music faculty, and it was very meaningful to have genuine conversations with current students. I knew this was where I needed to be.”
“After taking classes my first few years, I discovered that education wasn’t my niche. I found that business is very interesting to me, and I switched my major to Human Resources Management. Our business faculty members are so connected to industry professionals, and CMU is heavily involved in the SAP University Alliance. I get a lot of business-related experiences through group projects in all my classes, and I’m taking a class that includes ERP simulation. This all will help me in getting TERP 10 certification, which is valuable to have within various business careers.”
“One of my friends said something to me about attending the Residence Hall Assembly meeting. I said, ‘I guess I’ll go,’ not really thinking too much about it. It turns out my involvement with RHA has had one of the biggest impacts on my life at CMU. I developed my leadership skills, representing CMU at national conferences, serving as a voice for all undergraduate students, collaborating with other groups on campus planning, overseeing a $50,000 organization budget and presenting before the CMU Board of Trustees. It’s so surreal that I’ve had all these opportunities.”
“I accidentally discovered the Alternative Winter Break. I said, ‘I’m not doing anything else over break, so I’ll go.’ It showed me how passionate I am about social issues and serving others. One experience that impacted me the most was when I co-led a summer break site in Colorado that dealt with substance abuse. It was such an eye-opening experience serving people dealing with this issue in their personal lives. It really got me thinking about the impact each of our actions have on others, and it made me more conscious about the decisions I make. Alternative Breaks are so rewarding. While they are a break from school, they’re not break from service.”
“CMU has been awesome because it has the people who have empowered me to become a better version of myself. I would love to one day serve as the CEO for a company. It’s not because I want the money of a CEO, but I’m passionate for social issues and leadership, and I want to integrate the two. When I leave CMU and am working in the professional world, I don’t want to be remembered or known as a title, but rather as a person who has passion, spirit, integrity and a sense of humor.”
  • Participated in seven Alternative Break programs, including as co-site leader for four of the seven
  • Works as the OrgSync student coordinator for the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center, where he also volunteers with its Lunch Buddies program
  • Served as president and secretary of the CMU Residence Hall Assembly
  • Represented CMU in receiving the Top 40 Program Award at the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. Annual Conference in Pittsburgh
  • Welcomed new CMU students to campus as a Leadership Safari guide