Meet with a Graduate Student Ambassador

The Office of Graduate Programs employs a number of current graduate students to serve as Graduate Student Ambassadors (GSAs).  These GSAs are available to meet with prospective students upon request to provide an in-depth look at their program of study, answer questions and provide invaluable insight of a current student in the program.  You can also:

  • Have lunch or coffee on-campus with the GSA
  • Sit in on a graduate level class or lab
  • Tour UM-Flint and/or your department of interest

Like Bruce in the testimonial below, if you are interested in scheduling time to meet with a Graduate Student Ambassador, please call or email Erin Strom in the Office of Graduate Programs at or at 810.762.3171.

Current GSAs include the students below.



Sailab Ajmeri, Accounting (MSA)

Educational Background: BS in Computer Science from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University in India and MBA from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Why UM-Flint? I chose UM-Flint because of its well balanced programs which prepare students for current job market requirements. MSA courses are really nicely tailored to put students on the path of success.

What are some of the best qualities of the MSA program? UM-Flint faculty are very supportive and always ready to help students not just academically, but also with their career development. The best qualities of the MSA program are its flexibility and course content; the MSA content prepares students to become CPA's and pursue other high profile careers.


Cody Chapman, Physical Therapy (DPT)

Educational Background: BS in Health Sciences from UM-Flint.

Why UM-Flint? I initially selected UM-Flint when I was in high school in large part due to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. I grew up wanting to be a Wolverine and when I found out University of Michigan's program was on the Flint campus, I chose to go there to get the best preparation I could for the program. What kept me here for graduate school was the excellence I found on this campus. I knew that the commitment to students I found in my undergrad would only increase in the DPT program.

What are some of the best qualities of the DPT program? There's too many qualities to mention in short snippet, but I would have to highlight the sense of community within the program and on campus. Your classmates become your study groups, carpools, and best friends. Your professors are less like lecturers and more like mentors. Everywhere you go on campus, you'll find support and encouragement which can go a long way in your path to becoming a top clinician.


Kami Decker, Physical Therapy (DPT)

Educational Background: BS in Athletic Training from Saginaw Valley State University.

Why UM-Flint? UM-Flint is close to home, the students and staff always sounded wonderful, and I was also the most excited when visiting UM-Flint. I knew this is where I was supposed to continue my education.

What are some of the best qualities of the DPT program? The people you meet while in the program are at the top of my list.  The other classmates in your cohort become a great support system and some of your best friends because you are all in this together.  Along with the classmates you meet, the faculty is also great.  They are all nice and personable and will alway do what they can to accommodate and help you out, they want to see us all succeed. Its nice to know you have so many people in your corner here.


James Dunavant, Physical Therapy (DPT)

Educational Background: BS in Health Sciences from UM-Flint.

Why UM-Flint? I selected UM-Flint because I am comfortable with the campus, it's close to home, and it is the cheapest DPT program in the state.

What are some of the best qualities of the DPT program? I believe that the best qualities of the DPT program are the attitudes of the instructors and faculty within the program. I have never had a negative experience with a faculty member or instructor while here at the university. They all want the best for us and they want us to pass each and every class.


Keiara Gladney, Public Administration (MPA)

Educational Background: Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Wayne State University.

Why UM-Flint? I desired to attend an institution that was in the area that I lived in, as well as a place that would give me consistency, an exceptional learning experience, and one that felt like home. UM-Flint's reputation preceded them. Even though I was told that attending would be challenging, I was ready for the challenge!

What are some of the best qualities of the MPA program? The professors are knowledgeable, motivating, reliable and resourceful. UM- Flint is inspiring, authentic and builds students that are goal-oriented.


Brittany Harvey, Public Health (MPH)

Educational Background: BS in Health Care Administration from UM-Flint.

Why UM-Flint? I chose UM-Flint to pursue my graduate degree because of my previous experience being involved in their community involvement efforts, the supportive faculty and endless opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

What are some of the best qualities of the MPH program? The department has countless opportunities to get involved in and the program gives students the opportunity to create a well-rounded graduate level experience. Some of the things the department has to offer is graduate student research assistant positions, local community partnership opportunities and international study experiences.


Pratik Jadhav, Mechanical Engineering

Educational Background: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, India.

Why UM-Flint? The research being done in field of engineering by Dr. Zhu and Dr. Burzo is outstanding. My interests matched their research and I was eager to learn more from them.

What are some of the best qualities of the MSE program? As a graduate student in the mechanical program I have learned many advanced techniques to resolve technical problems. Moreover, the course content of the program is oriented to current industrial problems and technologies used.  



Holly Kopesky, Social Sciences

Educational Background: BA in Elementary Education from UM-Flint.

Why UM-Flint?   I decided to return to UM-Flint for my master's because I know that another University of Michigan diploma will not only make me more marketable in the workforce, but it will also prepare me to go on to post-graduate study.

What are some of the best qualities of the Social Sciences program?  The MASS Program is very individualized, and offers students many choices and opportunities.  Every instructor I have had has been an expert in their field, and my advisor is very available, helpful, and invested in my success. The programs and scholarships that are available have made the financial aspects of returning to school so much easier.


James O'Dea, English

Educational Background: BA in Philosophy from UM-Flint.

Why UM-Flint? I chose to return to UM-Flint because I knew the quality of the instructors and the institution. I also wanted to get more involved with Qua, the university's literary and fine arts magazine.

What are some of the best qualities of the English program? The quality I most appreciate in the English program is its versatility, which allows students to customize the graduate experience. As a Flint citizen, I am grateful to have my university so close to home and involved in my community. 


Kari Parkin, Education with Secondary Certification (MAC)

Educational Background: BBA in Marketing from UM-Flint.

Why UM-Flint? The MAC program at UM-Flint was the main reason I selected UM-Flint, but it was an easy choice for a master's program based on my previous experience with the university.

What are some of the best qualities of the MAC program? I really enjoy the hands-on approach of the MAC program.  Being able to apply the procedures, skills, etc. that we learn in seminar while working in the classroom has been very beneficial.  Also, having a coaching teaching has been awesome!


Kasey Sohm, Early Childhood Education (MA)

Educational Background: BS in Early Childhood Education from Rochester College.

Why UM-Flint? I selected UM-Flint because of the outstanding reputation for excellence that UM-Flint upholds and their outstanding commitment to the community. 

What are some of the best qualities of the Early Childhood Education program? My professors are excellent and committed to the success of each student.  UM-Flint as an institution is a campus that is very welcoming to their students; you feel as though you are a part of a smaller community.  


Anthony Watson, Business Administration (MBA)

Educational Background: Associate degree in Management from Mott Community College; a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Baker College as well as a master’s degree in Agriculture from Michigan State University.

Why UM-Flint? After speaking to various employers and other universities, I decided that I wanted to matriculate at the University of Michigan-Flint, in order to obtain a dual Masters in Business Administration and Leadership with a concentration in International Business.  The quality of learning is comparable to other national leading universities.  Professors enhance integrative learning and staff are concerned with the success of students with and without challenges.

What are some of the best qualities of the MBA program? UM-Flint’s MBA program is a dynamic program that offers several dual degrees and concentrations.  Using core competencies to build critical thinking skills, advanced theoretical concepts, real life problem solving and skill building opportunities, students are prepared to implement various forms of strategy in real world challenges.