Brian, from Livonia, MI, is a force on campus. He is known for his quirky sense of humor, funky bow-ties, and for being very involved. He studies Psychology and Philosophy while also having a concentration in the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. He is a senior and will truly be missed after he graduates in May.
Really, there is no one quite like Brian Weiss. Many have said that his life should be a reality TV show…I know I would watch it!
Why did you pick Albion?
Well, I am a transfer student and I was at a big state school. I didn’t like the size of that institution. I wanted a more intimate setting for my education. I chose Albion because of my interview with Al Pheley, the Director of the Ford Institute. I knew I would get such incredible opportunities through the Ford Institute, and the college as a whole. Plus, the small atmosphere here is free of distractions, which I appreciate.
What do you love about Albion?
I love that Albion really is its own school. It’s not like any other school and it doesn’t try to be. It’s unique, like its students, and we like it that way. A good example is the Greek life. Here it is totally different then it is at other schools. Also, Albion’s not just a smaller campus, it’s a community. I have been to other small schools and they don’t have the same vibe and connection as we do. We attract and retain a certain personality type, both in faculty and students, in the fact that we are such a close community. The truth of the matter is that if being a part of an active community is not for you, then Albion really isn’t for you. That’s not to say that we only attract one personality type, it’s just that we are all open to contributing and we want students who are open to that too. One thing is for sure, four years here will make you more comfortable being exactly who you are.
Any one who knows you knows that you have a very distinct and exciting personality. You’re known as at true character on campus. How do you think that Albion has shaped that in you?
Oh man. Probably by pushing me to be an active part of my community. Albion’s unique environment encourages individuals to explore themselves and makes them comfortable pushing themselves, in order to best develop into themselves.
You have have been involved with a lot on campus. What is your favorite thing that you have been involved in?
My fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, attracts some of the most religiously affiliated and traditionally-minded individuals, as well as the most liberal and secular members of campus. Yet, somehow, we all find a way to live together — and even further, call each other best friends. It’s a bond that is stronger then anything else that you could find, even though you might not expect it.
What do you want to do when you graduate?
Currently I’m looking at community service programs in Detroit. I have made connections with City Year Detroit, Focus Hope, Cass Community Social Services, and Greening of Detroit – all great organizations that contribute to the growth and development of the city. I made these connections through ties at Albion, and my whole passion for working in the inner city came from my involvement in a program at Albion called the Sleight Leadership Fellows Program.
Finish this sentence: My dreams for the future…
…incorporate the passion that was instilled in me by the inspirational people who I learn from and work with Albion College. (Yeah, stick that on a hallmark card!)
If someone was considering Albion, why would you tell them to pick Albion instead of somewhere else?
I encourage people to choose Albion because the experience does not encourage you to sit latently in your dorm. You get soaked into a social atmosphere. It encourages you to take hold of you academic experience and to build it in very individual ways. You construct yourself around that experience and it makes you a more mature and well rounded person. Io Triumphe!
To see more of Brian check out Albion’s Gangnam Style Parody: