Madison Wynder finds a major, and much more, at Tri-C
December 09, 2016
As Madison Wynder graduate from Garfield Heights High School in 2014, she had the same basic question as many young people who are transitioning to adulthood.
In short, “What now?”
Wynder knew she wanted to go to college. She knew she liked business and communications. But fashioning a career direction out of all of that is an entirely different matter.
That’s why, for the first two years of college, Wynder opted to attend Cuyahoga Community College. The access to wide range of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, combined with affordable tuition, made it an ideal place for her to try different career paths on for size before committing.
“It was a chance to get involved with different things and gain a lot of new experiences,” Wynder said. “Tri-C is great because it gives you a chance to gain a lot of firsthand experience in new areas. You get a chance to figure out what you really like to do.”
Along the way, Wynder became a student ambassador, helping her classmates with tasks such as class registration and procuring My Tri-C cards. She took campus office jobs, gaining firsthand experience in how a large workplace operates. She joined the Black American Council, and interned with the Tri-C Integrated Communications department.
Through it all, she came to a conclusion – she wanted to major in marketing, and she wanted to continue her education at a four-year school.
“I learned quite a bit about the marketing field during my time here, and I felt it’s something I’d be good at,” Wynder said.
Wynder will graduate from Tri-C this month with an associate of arts degree in, and has been accepted to Cleveland State University, where she will begin studies in the spring 2017 semester. She aims to graduate from Cleveland State with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, with a minor in supply chain management.
“I’ve had a great time here at Tri-C,” she said. “I’ll miss all the great professors I’ve had, and all the other people who have helped me get to this point. They’ve all made a huge difference to me.”