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.


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.


Scott Maki, Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Educational Background: BS in Integrative Physiology and Health Science from Alma College.

Why UM-Flint? At the time of applying UM-Flint was the only doctorate program in Michigan. That as well as the opportunity to participate in a pro bono service such as PTHEART was very important to me. With growing up in the area it is very important that we give back to the community. 

What are some of the best qualities of the OTD program? The professors in our program are excellent, I have a good relationship with all of them. They genuinely want you to succeed so they are willing to work with you more individually if it is necessary. Also, with spending so much time with my cohort they have become a second family, which I think is important for anyone that is not from this area. Choosing to come to UM-Flint to pursue my OTD has been one of the best decisions of my life. Go Blue!


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!


Raymond Pirouz, Business Administration (MBA)

Educational Background: BFA in Graphic & Design Packaging from the Art Center College of Design.

Why UM-Flint? I appreciate the flexibility of course modality, with the ability to earn my MBA in just under 2 years by enrolling in the mixed-mode Net+ program consisting of online and two in-person weekend residencies per semester. This flexible program offering allows me to continue working and meeting my family responsibilities.

What are some of the best qualities of the MBA program? I really like my professors and my peers. The Net+ weekend residencies have enabled me to deep-dive into course content and make friends in the program while getting to know the professors, which is very important to me. I absolutely feel like I am getting a high-octane, MBA program experience which I am profoundly enjoying. UM-Flint is a very special campus, nestled in the heart of a unique and symbolic Michigan city that is as resilient as it is resurgent. I wouldn't earn my MBA anywhere else.


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.  


Erick Sustaita, Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Educational Background: BS in Health Sciences from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Why UM-Flint? I have been a student at this university for a while now. When the OTD program started I knew it was meant to be, and I am very fortunate to have been accepted into the only Doctor of Occupational Therapy program in the state of Michigan!

What are some of the best qualities of the OTD program? What stands out to me in terms of this Occupational Therapy program is how close-knit everything is. From our cohort to our professors, everyone is there to help you succeed. I believe this quality to be imperative to learn as well as enjoy your time at the university. Also, the content we learn is authentic, evidence-based occupational therapy!


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.


Anna Rose Wiencek, Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Educational Background: BS in Exercise Science and Health from University of Idaho

Why UM-Flint? UM-Flint provides great opportunities to get involved early with research, leadership positions, and there is a great professor to student ratio. The staff is also extremely helpful and the facilities are very nice.  The new OT Lab is state of the art and a great place to learn.

What are some of the best qualities of the OTD program? The best qualities are it is very hands on and experience based.  We get involved in the community and work with PTs, as well. The professors are very good at communicating and answer all the questions that you have. The classrooms are set up to make the learning environment great.