My professors have always been there for me no matter what and have pushed me to exceed my limits.

Mike Ajjan

Congratulations on your graduation, Mike!

"When I was making my final decision on where I wanted to go to school, Bucknell for me was the right one. It was just a gut feeling. All of the pieces fit together. I remember walking through campus on the first day and being like 'You are going to be here for the next four years.' And I've loved it.

"My favorite class I've taken is Urban Economics with Professor Nancy White. I went on the alternative spring break trip to Memphis, Tennessee – 'Exploring Civil Rights.' It was there where I actually saw what I was reading about, and where it all came to life. I had never seen that happen before and I was in awe. We were talking about poverty and we were talking about cities that were shrinking, and then I actually saw it all. It was the beginning of taking my academics and applying them to exactly what I'm interested in.

"I have always taken an interest in airlines and aviation. Last semester I searched for a summer internship because I knew that it was something I wanted to pursue. As I was going through the Career Center section of Bucknell's website, I discovered an alumna who is working in the aviation department at Port Authority. I reached out to her and she helped me get an interview, and then I ended up landing an internship in airport planning for the summer. It was phenomenal.

"When I got to Bucknell, my goal was to step outside my comfort zone in terms of academics. It took a lot at first to get myself to take advantage of all the resources here. I had to take initiative and be OK with being honest about what I'm struggling with. My professors have always been there for me no matter what and have pushed me to exceed my limits."

Mike is from Arlington, Va.

Posted November 4, 2013

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