EDGE / Spotlight / June 15, 2017

Edge Spotlight: Jeremy Schiel

The EMU Edge Spotlight is a recurring topic that highlights the experiences and accomplishments of a recent Edge program graduate. The Spotlight for the month of June is Jeremy Schiel! Jeremy is a recent (Winter 2017) graduate of the International Business/Management program, with a recent job placement as a business developer in the new vertical of private spaceflight. His thoughts and interview are below:


What tip would you have for students entering the University through the EMU Edge program?

One thing I would say to students currently in the Edge program is that the university sees the potential in you. So, in that respect, I would say to double down and prove to them that you were the right choice because there were others that didn’t make the cut. Being accepted through Eastern’s Edge program, I made sure to not let the opportunity go to waste. You have the potential to achieve whatever you set your mind to and it all starts here in the Edge program.

What do you feel was your greatest accomplishment, other than graduating?

While at the university, my greatest accomplishment was learning how to balance running the International Business Students Association (IBSA), serving on the Dean’s Board of Student Advisors (DBSA) for the College of Business, and working full-time all while maintaining a good GPA. That type of work ethic allowed me to pursue my dreams of entering the private space industry after graduation.

Who inspired you to persist towards a college graduation? What are your plans for the future?

My parents have been my mentors when seeking advice and played a crucial role in demonstrating the importance of attaining a college education. Because of my college experiences and achievements, at the end of June, I will be moving to Silicon Valley to work as a new business developer at two new startups in the private space industry. One of my main goals is to bring space companies to Eastern Michigan University for internship opportunities, as I would have loved those options during my attendance.


Check back with us next month for another highlight from another graduate!







Now in its 19th year, the EMU Edge is a four-year academic support program designed to help students realize their higher education goals beginning with the transition from high school to college and continuing until graduation. Students are recommended by the Office of Admissions and acceptance to Eastern Michigan University is contingent based on the student’s documented agreement to participate with the Edge Program.

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Matt Archer
Matt Archer is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and cognates in Education and Dance. A first generation college student firmly rooted in the arts and in social justice issues, he has working experience from several different public flagship and private universities, having left a collegiate Information Technology/Student Services career of 7 years to return to school in order to teach and help others. He strongly believes in equitable university affairs, in the empowerment of others, in the capacity of people to achieve their goals, and in actualizing integrity and values. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a UNIV Instructor and Success Coach, and hopes to soon continue his teaching experience with a Ph.D.

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