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I am starting something new. Doug Eck remembers his first week of college: waking up on his own (with no one telling him to get up) and sitting in classes where there were no familiar faces. “It’s kind of intimidating at first, but the upside of it is that everyone’s in the same situation. It all works out.” The best thing about it was the freedom. “Just the idea that nobody was telling me what to do was great – I decided when I wanted to eat dinner, when to study and what to get involved in.” At the end of his freshman year, Doug applied to become an R.A. (resident assistant), which he said is what “got everything kick started.” An R.A.’s job, Doug said, is to get to know his residents, keep them safe, and help them with their problems. “I always tell people, you can become best friends with your roommates, but your best friends might not always make good roommates.” As a sophomore, Doug joined Student Exercise Science Association. His junior year, he was inducted into National Residence Halls Honorary, and joined a new organization, Pre-Physical Therapy Club, because it fit into his plans for graduate school. Doug will serve as president of these

three organizations during his senior year. “I like the fact that SVSU is large enough to have well over a hundred student organizations on campus,” he said. “At the same time, SVSU feels like a smaller school because I can get involved in whatever I want. It’s all up to me to take advantage of those opportunities.” In his final year as a Cardinal, Doug is thrilled to have been selected as a Roberts Fellow (a program that includes year-long studies in leadership and culminates in traveling abroad in Asia for three weeks). “At this point it’s hard for me to think of specific ways that I can grow more as a leader. Being a Roberts Fellow will open up a lot more doors and help me realize that there’s tons more work I need to do on myself.” When people ask him why he decided on Saginaw Valley instead of a school closer to home, Doug honestly says there wasn’t any one big thing that helped him with his choice. “I like the size and distance of SVSU, and it’s a beautiful campus. Now that I’ve been here for three years, I can’t even start to mention all the hundreds of reasons why I have stayed than why I came here in the first place.”

Want to be bold and “start something new?” Meet with an SVSU admissions representative, tour the campus or attend the Fall 2012 Open House on Saturday, November 5. Learn more at svsu.edu/admissions or call (800) 968-9500.

Doug Eck | Senior | Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science major from Ada, Mich. | Forrest Hills Central HS, Class of 2009

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Almost 96% of students are satisfied with classroom facilities.

More than 91% of students feel that there is a commitment to academic excellence at SVSU.

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50% of the campus has been constructed over the last decade, ensuring state-ofthe-art facilities.

91% of students think there are adequate opportunities for leadership and development on campus.

Almost 96% feel that a variety of recreational/ intramural activities are offered.

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