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00:00 >> I'm a pretty hard worker.

00:02 It's like a huge personal drive to me.

00:05 I've always told myself to try,

00:08 and be better than I was yesterday.

00:10 My name is Mariah Gleeson,

00:11 and I'm a masters students studying exercise science.

00:14 One of the reasons I chose Oakland University was to

00:17 relocate back to Michigan and be closer to my family.

00:20 I never expected to be a graduate student,

00:23 but I gained a lot of insight from my mentors,

00:26 and they've always pushed me to get a graduate degree.

00:30 They're getting their PhDs, and they're professors.

00:33 So they all encouraged me because they enjoyed the field,

00:36 and I also enjoy the field.

00:37 I knew if I stopped school after my undergrad,

00:40 I wouldn't be able to get back into it,

00:43 and that made me want to continue to graduate school.

00:46 One of the things at Oakland University I discovered was that I love to teach,

00:53 and I want to get my PhD to contribute to research.

00:56 I like being there for the students,

00:58 and I want them to have a valuable learning experience.

01:00 If you're on the fence to get a graduate degree,

01:03 I say if you really love the field,

01:06 then pursue it.

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Our Story Mariah's Story – Graduate Series

Keep moving toward the career of your dreams. If you just completed your undergraduate degree, now is the perfect time to pursue a graduate degree. At Oakland University, we offer more than 135 graduate degree and certificate programs that will help you take charge of your future. Learn more:


00:00 >> Studying history is a lot like journalism.

00:02 You're headed toward a destination and it can be

00:04 excruciating because you're pulling in all of this information.

00:07 You're like, "How in the world am I going to fit this,

00:08 or am I going to expand this?"

00:10 It's a Rubik's cube of trying to figure out how

00:12 can I present it in this organized way so my reader is like,

00:15 "He's brought me an insight that I didn't know before."

00:20 My name is John Stoll and I am the business columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

00:25 I graduated from Oakland University in 2000 with a history degree.

00:29 My job is to basically try to take

00:33 the biggest business issues going on in corporate America

00:37 and make them accessible for the weekend reader.

00:42 The most exciting part of my job is to break the news.

00:45 To be able to go to your readers and say,

00:47 "Here's something you didn't know."

00:49 It's always an adrenaline rush to be the first.

00:52 The truth is very hard to get at.

00:55 It takes a lot of research and a lot of conversations with

00:58 a diverse group of sources and a diverse group of

01:01 people to really get at what really happened.

01:04 That's what journalists do. Journalists try to tell you the truth.

01:07 I'm always using the tools of trying to find the primary sources,

01:11 trying to find people who were there.

01:12 I went to Oakland University's history department never

01:15 thinking that I was going to be a historian or teach history.

01:17 I wanted to learn how to study and I wanted to

01:20 learn how to research and I wanted to learn how to make arguments.

01:23 Now, a lot of people would say, "What are you going to do with a history degree?"

01:25 You can do a lot with a history degree.

01:26 You're going to learn a lot about how to classify information, how to find people,

01:30 how to relate with people and talk to people and empathize,

01:32 and see the other side of things that maybe you hadn't seen before.

01:36 You don't have to go anywhere else to get the best history education.

01:40 You'll get it at Oakland. Because of my history degree, I understand.

Academics Because of My OU History Degree, I'm Distinct

00:00 >> In a year unlike any other, we discovered new ways to strengthen our connections.

00:05 And when communities needed help, we used our creativity to lend a hand.

00:11 We led movements and stepped up to uncover a greater truth about ourselves.

00:16 That we can overcome the odds and open doors we didn't know existed.

00:21 That we can still learn, grow and discover.

00:22 Because when we believe in ourselves, the possibilities are endless.

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Oakland University cultivates the full potential of a diverse and inclusive community. As a public doctoral institution, we impact Michigan and the world through education, research, scholarship and creative activity.

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Oakland University will unlock the potential of individuals and leave a lasting impact on the world through the transformative power of education and research.

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