When asked to reflect on Scott Miller, a student in the business administration degree program at Globe University-Madison West, Business Program Chair Rick Mason shared, “I have to admit that when I first saw Scott Miller, I had my doubts. He is big, strong, and a rather rough cut. He certainly did not fit the mold of your typical business degree student and I was skeptical of his ability to make it through the program. I could not have been more wrong. Scott exemplifies the essence of what all college students should strive to be. He is intelligent and very street smart. He is aggressive and opinionated. He is relentless in his pursuit of his goals. He is the ultimate ambassador.”
I sat down with Scott, who will be graduating this December with an associates degree in business administration, to talk about his journey at Globe University, his obstacles and insights on how to be a successful student. Here is his story.
Why did you choose Globe University?
“I worked for Sub-Zero/Wolf for 14 years. When they offered a buyout I took the money, started my own general contracting business, and decided to go back to school. After researching many different colleges, (many wouldn’t even call me back and some had huge waiting lists), I was called by Laurie Anne and agreed to meet her just so she would quit calling. After meeting with her, I was very sure I would like going to school at Globe. Her infectious enthusiasm, as well as the enthusiasm shown by all of the staff and faculty that I met that day, made Globe an easy choice. Ever since that day, I have come to love Globe University and have recommended it to several people that I knew were thinking about going to school. A couple of them are now fellow students.”
What activities and organizations are you involved in at Globe University-Madison West?
“I am the president of the Globe Business and Accounting (GBA) student organization and I represent GBA in the President’s Council. I volunteered with Globe University in the United Way’s Day of Caring. I represented Globe University at Hill Day. I led the Canstruction 2012 event for Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry. I am the chef for all of GBA’s fundraising meals. I donated a pumpkin for the guess the weight competition as well as provided produce for fellow students, staff, and faculty all summer long for the last two years. I have a poem published in the Creative Quill. I am a coach in the Academic Skills Center. I am currently working on a fundraiser for Reach-A-Child along with the other GBA members.”
What is your biggest challenge in balancing home/school/work life? How do you overcome it?
“The biggest challenge of course is making sure I have enough time for my loved ones. Family is very important to me. I have three sons, a daughter, and my girlfriend Colleen and I are expecting a baby in April. Besides my business, I also help my uncle farm, I relief milk for another farmer, and grow a huge garden in the summer time. Balancing all of this has not been easy for sure. I try to take each day as it comes, I try to remain positive and optimistic, I try to do as much schoolwork at school as possible so that I have more time for family, work, and hobbies, and before I go to bed at night I look in the mirror and ask myself if I did everything I could to balance my life and make a difference in someone else’s. If the answer is no, I will try harder the next day, and I go to sleep with no apologies and no regrets. Life is too short to let it hold you down or hold you back. Forward is the only option.”
What motivates you with your education?
“When I left high school, I was married, had a baby, and was in the military. I always wanted a business degree, but life happened, and I was unable to achieve that goal. Now, I had the amazing opportunity to go to college under my own terms, and get that education that I always wanted. Basically, when I set my mind to something, it is going to get done. So my motivations are to fulfill my life’s goal, to show my children, that no matter what, you can achieve anything you set your mind to, to graduate before my mom loses her battle with cancer, to provide a better life for my family, and to get into a career that is less punishing to this worn out body of mine. Along the way I hope to help as many people as I possibly can, and do my part to help make this world just a little bit better.”
Do you have any advice for fellow or future students at Globe University?
“My advice to my fellow students and to future students is to embrace everything that Globe University has to offer. Younger or older, returning education students like me, or fresh out of high school, Globe University can help you fulfill your needs. Take advantage of your friendly staff and faculty, they truly care and are more than willing to help in any way possible. Utilize the Academic Skill Center coaches; they can help you be the best you can be and help you achieve the grades that you desire and deserve. The library and the computer labs are there for you to use at any time, and are a huge asset to you. Embrace the Global Citizenship class; open your hearts and minds to the difference that class can make, as well as all of the other service learning opportunities in your other classes. Take an interest in your program’s student organization; it gives you a chance to be part of something bigger than just you, and can help so many people along the way. Lastly, no matter what curves life throws at you, just remain positive. Life is too short to let the little things keep you from enjoying your college experience.”
Come graduation day, we will not see the last of Scott Miller as he is scheduled to return for his Bachelor’s in Business Management degree with an emphasis in Agricultural Business.