• Rebecca Gibian

    Rebecca is a graduate student studying journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

    Rebecca double-majored in English and Psychology at Guilford and hopes to become an international crisis reporter focused on women and children. While at the College, she worked at the school’s newspaper, The Guilfordian, in a variety of roles, but counts her experiences as editor-in-chief to be the most influential on her decision to pursue a M.S. degree in journalism.

    “I understand I have the privilege of a voice that people will listen to and I want to use my voice to help others speak,” she says. “I want to report on breaking news, but also look at institutional and systemic crises around the globe such as reproductive rights or water and sanitation issues.”

    Rebecca is thankful for the education and experiences she had at the College and believes Guilford prepared her to take the next step in her future career. “I knew I had the skills to do well at USC because Guilford made me work hard,” she says. “I was pushed out of my comfort zone, I expanded my boundaries, I failed and I learned. Guilford gave me all those opportunities in a safe space.”

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  • Michelle Hill

    Michelle chose Guilford College to pursue her passion for forensics.

    Long before there were television shows about crime scene investigations, Michelle worked as a hair stylist. One of her customers was a crime scene investigator, and this fascinated her. Years later, after sustaining a hand injury that kept her out of work, she reexamined her career goals.

    “I knew the only way to make it happen was to be brave and take that leap,” Michelle says. “As an adult, you still have to pay the bills, but that’s going to be there no matter what. If you can go back to school, then do it. You’re the only one who can change your career path.”

    As Michelle’s May graduation approaches, she often thinks about her first days at Guilford.

    “I was worried I was going to be the oldest person in class,” Michelle says. “I feel like I fit right in. There are so many other students my age and others that are older than me. I don’t feel out of place here.

    “You have to say, ‘I’m doing this for me.’”

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    David Cason

    David chose Guilford College because he believes in Community.

    Just months before graduation, David was beginning his final indoor track season for Guilford College when he stumbled on an uneven surface and suffered an upper calf injury. He had the option to use a medical redshirt from the NCAA to extend his athletic eligibility one season beyond his 2014 graduation.

    David could have taken his year of athletic eligibility to another college, or even graduate school. After some reflection, David chose to stay at the College for his final year of track and field for the same reason he came to Guilford – the community.

    “At Guilford, you’ll build strong bonds with professors, peers and administrators,” David says.

    “The most important thing I learned about myself at Guilford was the kind of person I want to be. I developed skills and had meaningful experiences, which have helped me discover my innate qualities and ultimately decide medicine is the path for me.”

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