Meet First-Year Student Kiandra Marciniak

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First-year student Kiandra Marciniak knew she was at home from the moment she first stepped onto The University of Olivet’s campus. Hailing from Lansing, a small college close to home was the perfect fit for her. Kiandra is only just finishing her first year on campus, but she has already experienced tremendous personal and professional growth.

“I chose to attend The University of Olivet because of the scholarship opportunities, the College was close to Lansing, the small class sizes on campus and the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI),” Kiandra explained. “I joined the WLI because I wanted to be a part of an organization that empowers other women and helps you become a better version of yourself. I am also a member of the tennis team, and I chose this because I played for three years during high school and loved the sport.”

Kiandra is a double major in criminal justice and environmental science. This unique combination is allowing her to prepare for a career in law enforcement or corrections while furthering her love of the outdoors.

“As a criminal justice major, I want to help people become better and help others who are in a rough patch of their life. I also have a passion for science overall and learning about the world we live in. My goal is to become a probation officer for either juveniles or adult offenders, and, as I advance in my career and goals, I would like to work outdoors as well,” Kiandra said. “To prepare myself for my future career, I am in the Lansing Explorers program, an organization that teaches youth about police officers and the jobs they do. This gives me insight into the criminal justice system and hands-on training taught by police officers currently in the career. This summer, I am looking into park ranger positions or internships with probation officers.”

Kiandra knew that attending a smaller college would be the right fit for her because she values relationships with her peers and professors. She has already made deep connections with fellow Comets, both inside and outside of her major.

“My professors have encouraged me to further my knowledge in criminal justice and environmental science,” she said. “They always encourage me to keep learning, and I know if I have concerns they will be there for me. My WLI instructors are helpful and inspiring when it comes to showing how I can be true to myself, and, in this way, help others, as well.”

Kiandra is eager to see what new opportunities come her way as she continues her journey as a Comet.

“Being at a smaller college has given me more opportunities to truly get to know myself,” Kiandra said. “I would encourage high school students to attend because of the great resources OC offers, which help students reach their full potential. Throughout high school I was shy, but at The University of Olivet, I found myself making more friends and being more outgoing and independent.”

Learn more about The University of Olivet by contacting the Office of Admission at 269-749-7635 or admissions@uolivet.edu.


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