Justin (in his own words)
“Posoh, my name is Justin and I am a proud alumnus of the College of Menominee Nation. I attained two Associate degrees – Liberal Studies - Humanities and Sustainable Development – upon graduating in 2011. Thanks to my experience at the College of Menominee Nation and a passion for education, I’ve been driven to pursue my Bachelor’s of Letters and Science in English - Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“As a student I found the environment and culture of the College of Menominee Nation to be fully supportive, both personally and professionally. During my tenure at the College I made meaningful friendships and experienced a wide array of academic challenges from many talented, dedicated educators.
“As an enrolled Menominee tribal member, I hold a tremendous amount of pride for the revered institution the College of Menominee Nation has become in the short time it has been a part of the tribe’s community. My experiences at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) conferences representing the College gave me a different perspective on how our tribal college is perceived in Indian country and beyond. We have so much to be proud of as students, faculty, administrators, alumni, friends, and family of the College of Menominee Nation.
“Thanks to my time as a student at CMN and the professional development I experienced as an intern with the Sustainable Development Institute, I was prepared and set up for success in my transition to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”
Sabrina is a direct descendant of the Menominee tribe and a 2012 Nursing graduate of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN).
Her educational journey in higher education began in 2009 when, as a mother of four, she found herself without a job. She decided to use the time of transition in her life to find a new direction and enrolled at the College located on the Menominee Reservation. Sabrina says that CMN taught her that with each struggle comes a greater sense of accomplishment, and that the honest and compassionate support she received from faculty and staff made all of the difference in her ability to persist through to graduation.
Sabrina mentions one bit of advice in particular. It came from CMN Nursing instructor Jean Swift, who said in response to a question, “Sabrina, think about what you are asking. Do you really think I am just going to give you the answer? No, I am not. This is where learning begins. You need to answer the question after you think about it.” Sabrina says this comment continues to make her think and question, and be a critical thinker.
Today, Sabrina is working as a registered nurse, putting into practice the trans-cultural nursing skills learned at CMN. With the encouragement of her husband and children, she will be continuing her educational journey as she enrolls in a Master’s Degree program. Wherever her future takes her, Sabrina says, she is truly honored to be an alumna of CMN’s Nursing program.