We are taking a moment to celebrate our 2023 Maize and Blue Scholars. The award is presented to undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and embody intellectual maturity, depth, character, talent, and a commitment to serving the university and the community.
Chavella Garibay is one of the award recipients this semester so we asked her several important questions pertaining to her experiences on campus. Keep reading to learn more.
Q: Why did you choose to complete your grad/undergraduate studies at UM-Flint?
A: I choose UM-Flint because of their amazing on-line programs, which allows students the flexibility of attending school while balancing the demands of their personal and professional lives.
Q: How did you pick your major and what were some driving factors?
A: I chose psychology because I found the topic fascinating. I took my first college level psychology course as an elective and switched my major the following semester. I want to help others push through their mental barriers and assist them with their growth into a new understanding of themselves and their behaviors. I would like to help impact the world with positive mental health, one goal at a time.
Q: How do you think your education, classes and experiences helped you for life after graduation?
A: My education has only improved my experiences. As I continue my career in healthcare, my education has helped me relate to others, patients, families, and other medical professionals. I have continued to gain knowledge in both psychology and gerontology that has been helpful in my current role as a medical case coordinator, and within clinical settings in general, both now and in the future.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
I am currently looking into UM-Flint’s health care administration and management master’s programs and hope to continue to grow within my career field.
Q: Do you have a favorite professor?
A: I do not. In complete sincerity, all of my professors have been fantastic here, at UM-Flint. I cannot give them the proper credit. I was constantly impressed with their knowledge and level of expertise. My psychology professors were especially thorough and engaged. I have spoken with many of them directly throughout my undergraduate program and they have been extremely helpful, regularly available when I needed them, and very supportive. However, I want to give a specific shoutout to both Hillary Heinze and Amanda Taylor, who have always made themselves available to help me, and gave that extra push of encouragement when I needed it.
Q: What was your best or favorite college memory?
A: I always felt very accomplished at the end of every semester. Some have been harder than others, but recognizing how much I learned and reminding myself that I was that much closer to achieving my goals, have been some of my biggest motivations. Outside of academics, the last few years have included a lot of personal growth, which has only empowered me further to keep reaching for my goals.
Q: How does it feel to be recognized as a Maize & Blue Scholar?
A: Winning this award has been very humbling, and I am honored to have been recognized. I have worked very hard the past few years for myself, but it is really nice to know that my efforts have been noticed by someone other than myself. It was very unexpected, and it has reinforced my sense of self-pride and self-esteem. I am extremely honored and proud to accept this award, and it feels fantastic. Thank you UM-Flint!
Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give incoming freshmen?
A: Try everything! Do not be afraid to fail. And remember to always be kind to yourself . Push yourself to be your best and accept it when you cannot. College is about learning, but not just academically. Absorb everything you can while you have the chance to.