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Brooke Siegman, a native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is a transfer student and senior at the University of Louisville (UofL) majoring in psychology. Prior to transferring to UofL, Brooke earned an associate degree at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.
“I fell in love with True Crime when I was in middle school. Once I took my first psychology class, I fell in love with the subject,” said Brooke. “After I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, my plan is to go out of state to work on my PhD in psychology.” Brooke wants to work in patient therapy and specifically work with women and teens.
With these goals in mind, Brooke secured a package handler position at UPS and joined the Metropolitan College program to graduate debt free and gain work experience.
Driven to succeed, Brooke has maintained an exceptional 3.74 cumulative GPA while working third shift at UPS and finds time to get involved with community service.
Currently, Brooke volunteers at Lucky Cat Cafe in Louisville, Kentucky, a nonprofit cat cafe that helps to reduce overcrowding in local shelters by providing a peaceful, temporary home for the homeless cats until they are adopted. “I love cats and have always been involved in volunteering with them,” said Brooke.
Prior to this, Brooke volunteered with Heartland Animal Hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in which primary responsibilities involved counseling families on the adoption process and needs of the animals.
This spring, Brooke received a nomination for the 2021 Outstanding Metropolitan College Student Award, an award that recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, work-life balance, and academic success.
Set to graduate this December, Brooke has already started looking for graduate schools and plans to go on a road trip this summer to find the right program. Until then, Brooke is planning to volunteer at a women’s shelter.
Brooke’s advice to students interested in the Metropolitan College program, “Stick with it! It’s hard at first, but the rewards you get are more than worth it. Not only will you graduate debt free, but with valuable work experience and a chunk of savings for your future. UPS has many great opportunities as long as you stick with it!”
Learn more about Brooke Siegman in this Metropolitan College Spotlight Q&A Interview
What has been your biggest challenge as a MC participant and how did you overcome these challenges?
My biggest challenge has been shifting to night shift. It took me a couple months to adjust mentally and physically, but once I got the hang of it, things got better. I overcame this by making, and sticking to, a schedule and eating good foods.
What motivates and drives you to succeed while pursuing your educational goals?
My motivation is to help people and to learn more about our brains. I’ve always enjoyed helping people and listening to their problems. When I was younger, I often was a listener on a website dedicated to giving people a safe space to talk about their problems. I always loved doing this and wanted to be able to help people better.
How has working at UPS contributed to your personal and professional growth?
UPS has helped me learn to work better with my coworkers and to multitask. I hope to bring these things into my career later if I open my own practice.
What person(s) has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My grandfather was the biggest influence in my life. When I played golf in middle and high school he was at every game, bought me clubs, supported my team, got me lessons, and overall supported me. His story always inspired me as well. He was a Cornel in the army and was awarded a silver star and two Purple Heart metals for his leadership and quick thinking. This always inspired me and though I’m not in the military I can still strive to be a great leader as well.
What is an interesting or fun fact about yourself?
I have played golf since 5th grade and went to the state tournament with my team five times. I also taught myself to crochet and knit, which I enjoy doing in my free time.
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"The MC program has been an impetus behind my strengthened time management skills and allowed me to instill balance within my day-to-day routine."
"As I got closer to high school graduation, I started to seriously wonder how I was going to pay for college and other bills at the same time. I remembered what UPS had to offer through the Metro College program. In my eyes, it was a win-win, no brainer.”