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Testimonials from MCSP Alumni!

Aaron Gomes

"As I started my college life, I knew I wanted to be actively involved with a service based organization but I also wanted the time to pursue my professional ambitions.  My MCSP experience enabled me to do both as it reemphasized the importance of giving back to the community, allowed me to interact with a highly diverse group of students and taught me how to leverage diversity when working with or leading a team of people who have a  variety of backgrounds, thoughts and ideas. I have spoken about MCSP in interviews, written about it in essays and used the skills I learned there in everyday life. These same skills have enabled me to graduate from the Ross School of Business, be selected as the commencement speaker at the business school graduation and secure multiple job offers including the one which I accepted at Credit Suisse Alternative Investments in New York." --Aaron Gomes, Class of '11 (Financial Analyst, Asset Management)

Danny Lambouths 

"The MCSP Program in and of itself made a huge school like Michigan seem less overwhelming and more manageable.  It gave me a niche to thrive in and provided service-based opportunities for me to work closely with faculty, staff, students (from diverse populations), and the Ann Arbor/Detroit communities.  Through my interactions with these various parties, I learned the importance of networking and teamwork, two essential elements in any work discipline.  I was given unique leadership responsibilities that my non-MCSP classmates did not [get] and through MCSP I learned quickly how to easily maneuver through the University, thereby taking advantages of many untapped resources that have served beneficial, even today.  I was able to successfully matriculate to Michigan's top tier business school mainly due to the foundation MCSP provided.  I truly believe that in helping others one learns a lot about themselves and thanks to MCSP, I am a better all-around business professional today." --Danny Lambouths III, Class of 2003 (Senior Compliance Specialist, United Air Lines, Inc.)

Emily Rosengren

"When I entered U of M as a shy freshman with no idea what I wanted to study, MCSP gave me a place to call home and introduced me to an amazing group of students, faculty, and staff passionate about community service andsocial justice. MCSP helped me gain confidence, leadership skills, and commitment to a wide range of social justice issues. The confidence I gained with help from MCSP encouraged me to follow my academic interests, which finally led me to settle on a major in Informatics. MCSP showed me that I can incorporate my commitment to social justice to anything I do and I know that as I begin work as an Application Developer for ThoughtWorks my experiences with MCSP will be invaluable." --Emily Rosengren, Class of '11 (Application Developer, IT Consulting)

Raymond Chai

"MCSP continues to impact my life every day. The lessons learned inspire insights into my perspectives on the world around me. The relationships formed are truly life-long and continue to be nurtured. MCSP is a unique phenomenon that promotes social awareness and global goodness." --Raymond Chai, Class of '06

Julie Butchart

"Thank you for creating this environment and caring passionately about young people’s social development. Your classes helped me to begin to identify who I was as a person, and what strong assets I can offer the world. I can truly say that I challenge myself everyday to live with purpose in a world that can be difficult to do so, and for that I will forever be indebted." --Julie Butchart, Class of '07

Nicole and Dominic Foster 

"MCSP has served as our home and its staff as our extended family. We wish that our work throughout our lives would amount to at least half of what MCSP has given us. Thanks for your commitment to students, service, and social justice."  --Nicole Wells, '06 and Dominic Foster '07 (now Mr. and Mrs. Foster)

MCSP Alums

"MCSP has helped me think about how I live life and want to make the most out of everything at U of M." --MCSP Alum

"For all four of us, college would not have been the same without the support and the community of friendly faces that MCSP provided all of us. In our own way, MCSP has affected us and inspired us to be better people and make the values of MCSP – community, social justice, civic responsibility a part of our lives and daily careers." --Alefiyah '03, Nisreen '06, Adnan '08, and Arwa Mesiwala '10

"I found that the best thing about this program was that I was able to meet people that were very different from me for the first time." --MCSP Alum

"I enjoyed the discussions because they were in a small atmosphere. It allowed for us to have good discussions about serious topics. It allowed me to get to know some people that I probably would have never met if it wasn’t for the program." --MCSP Alum

"MCSP has made my life here at Michigan smaller which made me feel more secure, especially at such a big school. It helped me to realize the importance of individual and community service." --MCSP Alum