Captured Again: Ashley Hayes

May 5th, 2009

Continued from April…

Towards the middle of my trip I decided that I really wanted to go to Fiji before I left for home; since I was so close and had the money … how could I not? After a few weeks of discussing I realized that no one else wanted to go. I sat and pondered my plans and decided that I was not going to lose out on this opportunity because no one else would go with me. I went to STA travel -which is amazing at planning cheap student trips- and planned my trip to Fiji. Ever picture I looked at just made me want to go more and more. Even though I was nervous about going alone I knew I would regret it if I did. My parents were fairly nervous about me going alone, but they knew that I needed/wanted to do this and that they could not stop me from the other side of the world. It finally came time to leave and it was bittersweet because I really wanted to go to Fiji but that also meant that my time in Australia was over. When I arrived in Fiji it was not what I expected. It was not the paradise that I had seen in all the pictures. I had to spend one night on the main land and then took a five hour boat trip to the island that I would be staying at for the week. Although, I was a little disappointed at first sight after about 30 minutes on the boat I began to see the Fiji that everyone was talking about. Fiji is made up of hundreds of little island that are absolutely amazing. Words cannot describe the trees, mountains, water, everything. When I reached the island I would be staying on, Taveewa, I was absolutely thrilled. It was gorgeous and we were welcomed by the staff as soon as we stepped foot on the island. They would yell, “Bula” (which means hello in Fijian) and all of the guests would yell “Bula” back. The island was very simple but the beach was awesome! I relaxed on a hammock all day and then at night went to dinner with people I had met, that were staying there as well. It was the most incredible week of my life. I was able to reflect on my experience in Fiji and have a warm relaxing week before I returned to the frozen tundra I call home.

Being able to take the trip of a lifetime is something I will never forget and I know that had I not attended Albion College I would not have had that experience. I learned how to be an adult, travel alone, take on new experiences, and function in the business world. Regardless of what happens in the future these life lessons will help me survive!

Captured: Angela Zito

April 28th, 2009

After weeks, months, semesters of deadlines, my theses were finally completed, presented, and done at 4:15 p.m. on Elkin Isaac day.  It was a long-awaited feeling, this completion, this closure, and it was kind of unexpected when it actually hit me.  I thought it would have happened when I got my signature pages in, or when I printed off the documents, or when I turned them in to the Honors coordinator, or when I picked them up, bound and beautiful, or when I sat down after my second Elkin Isaac presentation . . . but at none of those moments did I feel that all my work had culminated into something truly remarkable.  It was only at the end of the day, after attending eleven of my compatriots’ presentations and two of my own, that I felt I had achieved a state of completion.  I think I know now why it took till the end of the symposium.  I chose to write a thesis because I wanted to graduate with honors, sure, but beyond that I wanted to initiate myself into a broader realm of thinking and writing attainable only through individual passion and dedication.  In choosing to write a second thesis, I realized that at yet another level what I wanted from my work was to participate in an ongoing conversation within my discipline–to work in concert, not in solitude.  In writing my theses I found all these things, but Elkin Isaac gave me something more: conversation across discipline.  The beauty of the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium is in its celebration of all students’ independent research, writing, and performance, as well as in its encouragement and facilitation to communicate goals, successes, and frustrations among a crowd of thinkers who have surmounted similar challenges you have.  It is a day of community and individual accomplishment.  It is a transcendence from undergraduate student to Researcher, Writer, Artist.


Angela Zito is a senior English/Biology major who will be graduating with Honors on May 9th, 2009. Angela is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and attended Rochester Adams High School.

Continued Captured: Ashley Hayes

April 13th, 2009

Continued from March 23rd, 2009…

So now it was time for classes to start and the concept of going to class abroad is not so much of a concept but a thought… aka it is really hard to do.  Especially when then sun I is always shinning and you can hear the beach calling your name.  I only had class two days a week, due to my internship, but it was quite difficult to go.  However, I did put a lot of time and effort into my internship; sometimes I even skipped class to go to my internship, because I needed to get something done or there was an important meeting that day that I wanted to go to.  For my internship I worked for the YWCA underneath the fundraising and marketing director.  It was an office full of mostly women but they were all very helpful and fun.  My first few weeks were pretty boring; I analyzed some stat, proof read the quarterly newsletter and updated spread sheets.  Eventually, I was able to do more things.  I was put in charge of the silent auction for the Mother of All Balls, a charity event held by the YWCA yearly to raise money to fund the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for the year, which required me to do many different tasks.  I had to gather information about the companies who donated prizes; organize the prizes in an easy to distribute way, package prizes together to create a better silent auction item and then create display boards to show the prize and all of the conditions of the prize.  The ball ended up raising $400,000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program which was a great feeling.   After the ball I was put in charge of the mail out of thank you cards to all of the guests and donators.  Besides the ball I also helped layout the staff monthly newsletter and took a day to go help with the in-school mentoring program.

Although class in important … learning about the business world and how to be a professional was much more valuable, to me, than classes.  When I remember Australia I will probably not remember that I went to class and learned about Australia’s perspective of the World from 1944 to present but I will remember the ball and how amazing it was to raise $400,000 and that I learned how to plan a party and write business letters and talk to CEO’s on the phone.

To be continued…

Captured: Katie Broekema

April 6th, 2009

Looking back, I cannot believe the school year is almost over. I can still remember the first day I arrived on campus, scared to death that I wasn’t going to fit in. And for the first couple weeks, that was true. I did not make friends on my cross country team, my roommate and I were nothing alike, and I felt like I was the dumbest kid in every single one of my classes. Thank goodness that has all changed now. My girls from cross country are amazing to me; they put up with all my quirks and laugh at most of my stupid jokes. My roommate and I ended up being best friends, it turns out opposites do attract. And as for the feeling stupid, it turns out that is how every other freshman in my class felt. I was hiding behind my own fear of rejection. I did not take the time to leave my safe little box of my friends from my hometown. Now that I have, I realized how much more there is to life. That everyone has a different life story, and different circumstances that have shaped who they are. Even among our relatively small campus here at Albion, even among a small team are drastically different life stories. If you take the time to listen, really listen not like in class when you are just trying to stay awake, you will find stories that make you look at your own life in a different perspective. And isn’t that what college is supposed to be all about?

Katie Broekema is a freshman at Albion. She is from Schoolcraft and went to Schoolcraft High School. She is involved in cross country, track, Athletes In Action, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Currently in her refrigerator she has many many water bottles, a casserole from her mommy and strawberries.

Captured: Anchorsplash 2009

March 26th, 2009

Every year, the Greek Fraternities and Sororities on campus gather in the Dean Aquatic Center to help Delta Gamma support their philanthropy. Each house creates a synchronized swimming routine which is then judged by a panel. The winning  routines this year were the houses of Sigma Chi and Alpha Chi Omega.

Watch videos from the ‘splash now on YouTube!

Sigma Chi Anchorsplash 2009

Tri-Music-Greek Anchorsplash 2009

Delta Tau Delta Anchorsplash 2009

Other Anchorsplash Videos from 2009

Captured: Ashley Hayes

March 23rd, 2009
Albion College has given me the amazing opportunity to go to Australia.  I was in Australia for almost 5 months and in those 5 months I traveled all around Australia and learned a lot about the culture and about my self.  Within my first week in Australia, I got the opportunity to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, hold a koala bear, throw a boomerang and take a trip through the rainforest, I was able to do all of this through my program, Australearn. During that week I was able to meet some of the Americans studying at Macquarie university who also studying abroad through Australearn.  After our amazing week we flew back to Sydney and moved into our apartments.  I had four other roommates but had to learn to cook by myself quickly.  Shopping was another barrier I had to climb over.  You think that the stores would be the same here in the U.S. as they are in Australia but that is not true.  My first shopping trip took me about 2 hours because of the different brands and styles of food, also because of the way they place their food.  I was looking for eggs in the fridge area, where they should be, but they don’t keep their eggs cooled.  I also had the problem of some of the differences in names.  They don’t have granola bars they are museli bars and everyone thinks you could save money and live off of cereal because its cheap and easy but cereal in Australia is about $6 for a small box and they don’t have fun kid approved cereal, its all adult not sugar cereal.  After the big shopping adventure I had to learn how to use public transport.  Living in the suburbs of Detroit I had driven everywhere in life and only taken public transport with my family when we went on vacation.  The first time I took public transport alone I got lost and of course it was at night; it took me more than two hours, a lot of questions and a few tears to find my way home.  Eventually, I made it and never got lost again.
These problems/adventures all came within my first 2 weeks of being in Australia but I also learned that I could live on my own and survive.  Before going to Australia I thought that surviving college would teach you about the real world and how to survive but after going to Australia I know that going abroad was the best choice I could have made and it truly helped me to become an adult.
To be continued…

Ashley Hayes ('10) visit with friendly kangaroos while spending a semester in Australia

Ashley Hayes ('10) visit with friendly kangaroos while spending a semester in Australia

Ashley Hayes is a junior Economics and Management major. Ashley attended Salem High School where she played volleyball. Ashley is a part of the Delta Gamma sororit, Albion College Volleyball and the Gerstacker Institute.
Ashley would have loved to have been at the siege of Troy.  The siege of troy had so much action, adventure and of course many amazing love stories going on during the battle that would have been amazing to watch, from a birds eye view, of course.

Captured: Mike Albano

March 19th, 2009

Our cafeteria, Baldwin, offers a good variety of food.  Most students would like to see some improvements to it, but I think that the staff down there is doing just fine.  The food in my opinion is pretty darn good. The only think I would like to see change is that a hot meal is offered all day instead of just the times during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I sometimes go in there around three in the afternoon, but there is nothing that I want to make myself.

Besides that I love going to the cafeteria and eating with my friends. It is a great way to relax from the stress of class and homework. Then after were done eating, we will watch sports on the TV’s down in the Old Keller. I spend at somewhere between two and three hours a day in Baldwin.
Now recently Baldwin tried removing trays to see if they would cut back on waste. I wasn’t so happy about this. I run cross country and track which means that I need a lot of food to recover after practice. I’ll end up using two plates, a bowl, four glasses, a soup bowl, and a smaller plate for dessert. After running 10+ miles at practice, the last thing I wanted to do was go up in the long Baldwin line four or five times to get all my food. I understand were the staff is coming from, but it really inconveniences a lot of us.

When I don’t go to Baldwin, I like to cook my own meals as opposed to ordering form Hungry Howies.  In fact one Friday morning, I decided to cook breakfast for my girlfriend. Only thing is the stove in the basement didn’t have a vent over it. So the smoke from cooking collected and the fire alarm went off at 7:40 in the morning. I made a lot of people in the dorm mad. I swear I’m not a bad cook though; the real culprit was an ineffective ventilation system.  Ok, ok well I also forgot to open the window. Moral of the story cooking is better than ordering, but sometimes less effective than just going to Baldwin.


Mike is a sophomore studying biochemistry. Mike spends a lot of time running, and even has a little bit of a green thumb. Random fact: Mike’s favorite meal is defiantly dinner, especially when Baldwin has bread and soup night. The cactus chili and the chicken chipotle soup are delicious. Fact is he likes to eat a lot, and the best time to do that is dinner.

Captured: Madison Pscheidl

March 16th, 2009

Typical Day in the Life of an Albion College Student
11am-Auditing Class: This class is fun because I spent the last semester as an auditor at a public accounting firm. It’s strange being on the other side of things, learning the practicalities of what I did last semester.
12pm-Lunch at Baldwin. What I love about 1 cafeteria on campus is that you run into everyone and their brother when you get your meal. I select my favorite; grilled cheese and tomato soup (yum!) and join a group of friends at “our” table. Hilarity ensues.
1pm-Worktime! I lifeguard at the college pool. I make sure lap swimmers don’t drown. It’s not too bad, flexible work schedule, and it pays the bills.
3pm-Human Resource Management class. I like this class because many of the students in the class have had an internship so we share experiences we’ve had. Also, we will sometimes watch a clip of “The Office” and discuss why it is an example of poor HR Management.
4pm-Statistics class. Professor has posted the Powerpoint slides used in the lecture online before the class. I print them off to take notes on.
5pm-Back to my room. I accomplish a few things that I need for class the next day.
6:30pm-Eat dinner with sorority sisters. I love these ladies!
7pm-sorority sisters and I walk from cafeteria to sorority lodge for our weekly meeting. What I love about Albion is the sororities don’t live together. I think this allows for us to meet more people. I love our meetings and sisterhood events because I get to spend time with amazing women. However, it’s completely ok to hang out with girls from other (sorority) houses.
9pm-Student Senate Meeting. I’m secretary so I take attendance and minutes. Senate acts as a liaison between administration and the student body. Tonight we are discussing legislation regarding parking on campus that a student brought to our attention.
10pm-Head to one of my friend’s rooms. A few of us like to hang out, play cards, watch TV or anything to blow off steam.
12:30am-Head back to room. Attempt to study but roommate is distracting. She’s so much fun to live with! Decisions, decisions. Study for Stats exam the next day, or watch TV on DVD with the roommate and chat about our days. I end up doing a bit of both.


Madison is a junior at Albion College. Madison is originally from Shelby Township, Michigan and attended Eisenhower High School. She is involved with her sorority Phi Mu, Accounting Society, the Gerstacker Institute and the Honors Institute.

Captured: Aaron Croad

March 5th, 2009

Around this time last year I finally made my decision to attend Albion College for the next four years. Before I made my decision I had given a lot of thought to the University of Michigan, but after some soul searching I felt Albion College was going to be a better fit.

One of the big reasons I chose Albion College over the U of M was because of the student to professor relationships. At Albion College you really get to know your professors; it’s like having four private tutors – all willing to go the extra mile to help you learn and understand certain concepts and ideas.

In my first class ever at Albion College I experienced this student to professor relationship first hand. My professor, Dr. Mason, opened up the class by introducing himself. One of the first things he told us was why he was teaching at Albion. He said that he had previously taught at Michigan State, where he had classes filled with a few hundred students. He talked about how he never really got to know any of the students in his class – despite the number of students taking his course, rarely was there anyone who came to his office hours. Dr. Mason soon left his job and a higher paying salary to come to Albion, where he could interact with his students on a daily basis, see their improvements, and be there when his students needed help on homework or in life.

Dr. Mason represents the “every professor” here at Albion. Every professor I have met at Albion is willing to help you learn as much as you want to, and they are willing to put the time in to do it. That is the “Albion difference”;   at Albion you have the opportunity to meet professors who care about you and your education. I feel that I receive a better education at Albion than I would have at the U of M or any where else, not because the classes are harder but because I have relationships with all of my professors where I can learn from them first hand.
Since my first day there have been many other instances where I found out Albion College was right for me, but Dr. Mason’s introduction made me confident that I had made the right choice from day one.

First Year student Aaron Croad competing for the Brtions

First Year student Aaron Croad competing for the Brtions

Aaron is  a freshman at Albion College  from Novi, Mi. He is currently  in the Ford Public Policy and Service Institute as well as the Carl A. Gerstacker Honors Institute for Professional Management. Aaron is planning on earning a combined major in mathematics and economics, with a concentration in public policy and management. Aaron loves to play sports and is on the Cross Country and Track teams at Albion. The World Record he would most like to have would be the fastest mile. Aaron is a runner and the mile is his favorite race, so he would love to have the record as his own.
If you have any questions about Albon contact Aaron at

Captured: Lewis Cardenas

March 2nd, 2009

Good Morning!

My name is Lewis and I just got done recruiting and developing relationships with schools, prospective students and families in Malaysia.  I’m headed to China tomorrow morning and I finally had some to work on my blog entry.  I was a graduate of Albion College in 2002. I majored in International Studies and minored in Francophone studies.  The skills I developed at Albion are sure paying off in my new line of work.  I think I have the coolest job at the college but it’s not all fun and games.  I usually have 4 schools visit’s a day and a three to four hour college fair every other day.  Moreover, I am in one country or city for only couple of days, sometimes two before I pack up all my bags and materials and move to the next.

Sometimes I am on my own and other times I am with others colleagues in the same field.  We are all on the same mission to recruit bright talent from overseas.  At the end of the day, we are all committed to help students succeed in their collegiate application process.

When I get spare time, I try to visit local spots to try to learn more about the culture and customs.  I feel doing this, helps me relate better to prospective students.

Lewis Cardenas Talking with Prospective International Students

Lewis Cardenas Talking with Prospective International Students

The best part of my job is meeting with prospective students and their families.  Sending a son or daughter to study overseas is sometimes daunting but it makes me happy to help ease families by answering their questions as thoroughly as possible.

Last night I met a family at a college fair and their 9th grader who was in an American School System in Kuala Lumpur.  They were preparing their college search much earlier than most families but I applauded them for their early start.  After talking with the family, I was able to ask the 9th grader what he wanted to study.  He said he was interested in business and art and his eyes lit up when he opened up the Albion brochure and picture book.  I began to tell him about the opportunities available and what some of our recent graduates and current students have accomplished in both areas.  I think I’ll be hearing from the family for the next couple of years.

Another student was looking for a graduate program in Psychology and although she had waited in line for 15 minutes, I was still was able to advise her in picking the right graduate school.  She ended up stopping by at the end of the fair to thank me for taking time to help her, even though she saw how busy I was.

It’s been a pleasure spreading my Albion Experience across the globe and I’m really excited about the possibility of larger numbers of international students and Americans Living Abroad attending Albion College next year.  Our international students and Americans who were living abroad contribute to the vibrant diversity of our student body. I am so lucky to be part of that mission.


Lewis Cardenas is the Associate Director for International Student Recruitment here at Albion College. Lewis grew up in Jackson, Michigan. Lewis says that he would eat a bowl full of live crickets for $40,000 if they were oven baked and topped with hot sauce. In his adventurous travels Lewis has eaten Emu and Kangaroo in Australia, Porcupine in Cameroon, and Guinea Pig in Peru with plenty of hot sauce!