MSU Student Spotlight: Meet MaryRosa Clark

June 16, 2021

MaryRosa Clark is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University (MSU), where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, along with minors in Women’s and Gender Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies and Educational Studies.

Activities

Throughout undergrad at MSU, Clark worked at the University Activities Board (UAB) as a front desk receptionist, Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) as a service center representative for South Neighborhood – where she eventually became a student supervisor and a level IV supervisor for Training/Payroll, and did an internship as a career peer for the Career Services Network (CSN) in the College of Social Sciences. Currently, Clark is working as a front desk assistant for Student Life in the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Services. When Clark has some free time, she can be found caring for her 25-plus plants, rollerblading down River Trail or exploring the Lansing area and participating in community events. Clark is also passionate about growing her knowledge about issues, such as equity in academia, LGBTQ+ rights and environmentalism.

What Brought Clark to MSU

Originally, Clark was drawn to MSU with the hopes of pursuing a degree in public policy through the James Madison College. However, about halfway through her freshman year, Clark realized this wasn’t the path for her. She stayed at MSU, changed her major and began working toward a career in student affairs, all while creating lifelong friendships.

Accomplishments

Clark is extremely proud of graduating with her bachelor’s degree. Enduring a path change her freshman year was not at all easy, yet she managed to not only complete her degree, but also complete three minors. Her academic journey also enabled her to study abroad in London for a month, something she never thought possible. At the top of her list of accomplishments, though, is the fact that she put herself through college. Clark says this makes all of the long nights, and even longer days, completely worth it.

The Future

Clark wants to help future college students, not only as a resource, but as a friend. In whatever way she can, she wants to ignite change in a university space - making it more equitable, accessible and inclusive.

Advice for Other Spartans

“Take advantage of the multitude of resources and departments on campus. There are so many organizations that are overlooked and underutilized at MSU that can provide you with, not only academic and professional resources, but a community, as well. Take some time to get to know who is working behind the scenes, and maybe even participate yourself!”

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