Name: Roger Black
Program of Study: Bachelor of Accelerated Business Administration
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan
Year of Graduation: Spring of 2020
What made you choose Baker College to get your BBA Accelerated degree?
This decision all started back when I was in high school. At the time, I was attending a trade and technical skills program through the Oakland Technical Center located in Oakland County, Michigan. At one point in the program, we were given an opportunity to take a tour of the Baker College of Auburn Hills location. At the time, I had no idea who Baker College was, but after the visit and tour, I just knew that this was where I was going to attend to continue my higher education. Other reasons for my pursuit of Baker College had to do with the accreditation status that Baker College has, the excellent learning standards, and the recognition the college has in providing quality education in business. These reasons, along with the lasting impression of professionalism and friendliness from the tour, lead me to want to continue my educational journey at Baker College.
What's your favorite thing about your program?
My favorite characteristic about this program was the opportunity to engage with other students and the different professors. It's been a privilege learning and interacting with some of the best, not to mention the friendliest people around.
What's your favorite memory from your time here at Baker College?
Favorite memories here at Baker College would include interacting with other students on group-based projects within the various courses. All group interaction experiences have been positive and encouraging. I have met some terrific people and have created some nice friendships along the way.
What are your post-graduation plans?
Post-graduation plans for me are to apply this bachelor’s degree to my current career path (in Business Administration) and to use this degree to enhance my career path in the future.
What advice do you have for incoming Business degree students?
Some advice that I would give to incoming business students within higher ed is to come with an open mind even if you may not agree with everything you hear. Other relevant advice I would give is don’t be afraid to make mistakes and to embrace every opportunity you are given because mistakes are going to be made, and learning challenges are going to arise. When things do get challenging, don’t quit until you complete your academic goals. Trust me; it is rewarding and well worth it in the end. Plus, you may not get a second chance to finish if you quit.
Do you want to shout out a faculty or staff member who helped you along your college journey?
I have had plenty of great professors and counselors here at Baker College, and if I could give a special shout out with a thank you to each one of them, I certainly would. However, I would like to personally send a special thank you to whoever nominated me for this graduation feature. I would also like to send out a special thank you to my recent professor from the Strategic Development and Implementation course: Professor Stephen Schroeder. Apart from his wealth of knowledge, Professor Schroeder has shown us nothing but kindness and respect and has always assisted us in succeeding in our coursework. Not to mention, Professor Schroeder has a terrific sense of humor that takes a very challenging subject and eases the learning of it. I would highly recommend the instruction of Professor Schroeder. He is not only knowledgeable, but he is “human” on every level. I want to thank him for leaving a very positive impression on me.