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Making a Smooth Transition to Olivet College

In fall of 2013, sophomore Kaelin Cross made a decision to transfer schools.

She was worried about her future. Transitioning to Olivet College from Michigan State University (MSU) seemed daunting. But Cross, a sociology and anthropology major, chose Olivet because of its small size, family feel and its professors.

“I was not expecting the experience I have had at Olivet whatsoever,” said Cross. “At Michigan State, you don’t get to talk to your professors face-to-face. I went to lectures with 500 people who I didn’t know.”... Read more

KayDee Perry, assistant professor of health and human performance, runs a tight ship. She is the teacher-education preparation specialist in her department. With a primary focus on the physical education courses at Olivet College, she mentors countless students seeking to teach physical education when they graduate.

To see Perry work is like watching pure joy in action. She exudes verve.

In her “spare time,” Perry also coordinates fundraising and volunteer recruitment efforts on behalf of the Eaton County Special Olympics Field Day. A volunteer herself, she brings her... Read more

Olivet College recently had the opportunity to chat with Kelly about her Olivet experience – and how it helped prepare her for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Who: Kelly Schulze, 27, is from Kalamazoo. She graduated from Olivet College in 2009 and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and anthropology from Olivet. Schulze worked as a conservation intern at Historic Royal Palaces and Plowden & Smith Conservation in London, and earned her master’s degree in objects conservation from University College London before joining the staff of... Read more

If you’ve ever visited the Olivet College campus and spent time with the students and staff, you quickly feel included. Whether it’s a smile from a student as you walk across the Square, or a warm greeting from a professor as you walk down the halls of Mott, you always feel welcome. That feeling of inclusiveness was one of the many reasons Xavier Vance decided to attend Olivet College.

Visiting Campus

Coming from a large high school in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield, Xavier wanted to attend a smaller school where she could have a closer relationship... Read more

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