BHSU graduate reflects on a campus that inspired her to grow, learn

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, May 5, 2016/Categories: 2016

Michaela Stroup, political science and sociology major from Pierre, will graduate from Black Hills State University May 7 and plans to join the Peace Corps after a post-graduation road-trip to visit as many national parks as possible.

The campus community at Black Hills State University has positively impacted Michaela Stroup-from the first day she visited campus and throughout her college career.

Stroup, political science and sociology major from Pierre, will graduate this weekend and says she wants to pass along her knowledge gained from BHSU professors, advisors, and peers to other Native American students.

"I remember visiting BHSU and hearing about the Bridge Program. I knew this was a place where I could fit in and be accepted. Even now, it's really inspiring to see BHSU students wanting to help other students," says Stroup.

Stroup says she turned to student organizations including Student Senate and the Debate Team when she struggled with homesickness her freshman year. Through friendships formed and goals achieved, Stroup busied herself to cure her homesickness and learned valuable skills along the way.

"My involvement in student organizations correlate directly to what I'll be doing after I leave," says Stroup. "My education at BHSU was both inside and outside of the classroom."

Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, professor emeritus of political science, and Dr. Sandra Marker, associate professor of sociology, impacted Stroup in choosing her major areas of study. Stroup says she'd sometimes spend an hour after class talking with Marker about topics brought up during her course.

Stroup's post-graduation plans include a road-trip to visit national parks followed by the Peace Corps. She also plans to pursue her PhD in Educational Leadership.

"I now have the confidence to know that I can make it in the real world, thanks to the support I've received from professors, advisors, and students at BHSU," says Stroup.

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