Junior Dean Failer is an insurance and risk management major with an environmental science minor from Holt. He knew he wanted close relationships and a small campus experience from his college journey, which made Olivet College a great choice. And, for Dean, the ability to play collegiate soccer was an added bonus.
Here’s an inside look on life as a Comet from Dean:
College should be about finding a place that feels like home so that you can grow as an individual by doing all of the things that you love. I am involved with the men’s soccer team, Team Impact, the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), Gamma Iota Sigma and the President’s Leadership Institute.
I joined the men’s soccer team because I have played soccer throughout my whole life, and I wanted to continue playing the sport I love after high school. I have had an amazing experience playing collegiate soccer, and this year I was a captain on the team. I also got involved with Team Impact, a nonprofit that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. It has been a great opportunity to give back to the community and help change the life of a child that has endured constant struggle throughout his whole life.
I joined SAAC because it allowed me to help and support all of the athletic programs at Olivet College. I have been on SAAC all three of my years at OC, and it has been a great experience to be able to help with organizing the annual Ollies, Olivet’s own athletic awards.
In addition, I joined Gamma Iota Sigma, OC’s professional insurance and risk management fraternity, to network with and learn from countless successful insurance professionals. I love being in Gamma Iota Sigma and soon will be the vice president of membership involvement, which will help me continue to develop as an up-and-coming insurance professional. I have been fortunate to complete an exciting internship each summer, which is extremely important in developing my work and interpersonal skills. These internships have come through networking, professor recommendations and professors pushing me outside my comfort zone to apply for specific internships.
I joined the President’s Leadership Institute (PLI) to become a better leader, which will benefit me in my future career. I have had an amazing time in PLI because, not only have I been able to learn about my own leadership style, but I have been able to learn about the leadership styles of my peers and the best way to come together as a team to accomplish a common goal, such as creating a 24-hour Fitness Center at Olivet College.
Being involved on campus has helped me with my time management skills, which was originally my biggest challenge in college. Being able to balance my coursework with athletics and my other club responsibilities has been challenging, but I believe that managing all these activities will help me in my future career.
A small college experience has provided me the opportunity to build great relationships with my professors and coaches. They have always provided me with the support and guidance to help solve any issue I may have. My professors and coaches continue to push me to take on more challenges, which I appreciate because that is the best way to learn and grow as an individual.
I would encourage a student to attend Olivet College because of the small campus atmosphere. On a small campus, there are so many opportunities for students to get involved in things that they love, like sports, student employment and clubs. In addition, the professors and the relationships you can develop with those professors are great. Being able to have professors that know you is essential because they are always willing to help you through any challenge that comes your way.
My experience as a Comet has developed me into a more confident individual. I have always been shy and reserved, but my time at Olivet College has helped me be more outgoing. I have learned a great deal about myself, and I feel prepared to tackle the rigors of the real world upon graduation.
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