Why I Chose EMU

Alfred Sheffield: ‘I’ve built lasting friendships at Eastern.

“I chose Eastern because of the Business program’s solid reputation and the welcoming campus environment,” says Alfred, a Supply Chain Management major from Detroit. “As a first-generation college student, one of my goals was to walk into any classroom and see at least one friendly face. By being involved on campus, I’ve achieved that.”

Alfred lives on campus in Sellers Hall as a student within the Brotherhood Scholars program, which helps students of color successfully transition from high school to college. He also belongs to several other student organizations. Among them are the Black Student Union, Kings of Color and the National Association of Black Accountants.

“Besides focusing on diversity, inclusion and enriching campus life, Kings of Color also does community service projects,” Alfred says. “It makes me feel good to help people in the Ypsilanti area. At the same time, I’m building connections with students, faculty members and advisors who can help me later on with career opportunities.”

Alfred Sheffield

Creating connections

Through his connections within the National Association of Black Accountants, Alfred recently obtained a summer internship with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

“I’m hoping to have a career in logistics analysis,” he says. “I’m already eyeing several companies and have been reaching out to them.

“Eastern isn’t just a place to build connections for your career, it’s also a place to make friends with students like yourself. Getting involved on campus and sharing your experiences with others can make your college years ten times better than if you just show up for class. I’ve made great friendships that will last beyond my college years.”