By Sierra Okoniewski, Macomb and soon-to-be OU alum
When I was a little girl, I’d always help my mom cook. She told me, “good food brings people together.” Since then, I’ve always dreamed of a career in the food and beverage industry.
After high school, I enrolled in Macomb’s Culinary Arts program. While there, I considered a career combining my love of gastronomy with another passion – writing.
Rewriting my future
I met with Oakland University (OU) Academic Counselor Lindsay Zeig at Macomb’s University Center.
She told me about OU’s Bachelor of Integrative Studies (BIS) degree. OU’s BIS program gave me a seamless path from Macomb to OU, allowing me to transfer all 88 Macomb credits. And, OU’s BIS program let me design an individualized plan of study, focusing on journalism and public relations courses to literally “build” my degree so I would develop my skills as a writer.
Finding ways to make my bachelor’s degree affordable was another factor that solidified my decision to attend OU. I received the presidential transfer scholarship, so I didn’t need student loans. Without this scholarship, I’d have taken fewer credits each semester. With it, I can finish faster and graduate sooner.
Through it all, Lindsay has supported and challenged me to stay “on track” to graduation. I know she’s dedicated to my success. I couldn’t imagine my OU journey without her.
What does my future hold?
As a food and beverage (F&B) writer, I want to highlight the work of those building a better Detroit, as well as chronicle the work and lives of F&B entrepreneurs locally, nationally and globally.
With my Macomb and OU degrees in hand, I’m confident I’ll accomplish more than I ever dreamed possible!
Follow my lead!
And just like me, many of those students began their journeys at Macomb Community College.
Prepare now for your seamless Macomb-to-OU path. Learn more about OU at the University Center: www.macomb.edu/uc.