Meet a Staff Member: Mackenzie Graham

posted on November 15, 2016 6:22pm

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Mackenzie Graham is the new graduate secretary for the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.

Graham began her career at Michigan State University in September 2014 and transferred to her position at PSM in April 2016. Her work at MSU’s Product Center prepared her for a job in the PSM department. The Product Center works to improve economic opportunities in Michigan agriculture, food and natural resources.

The Baker College graduate was interested in a career where she could help people. After realizing the medical field was not suited for her, she began her work in as a secretary.

Graham’s job is to assist potential graduate students applying for graduate school, and help current graduate students stay on track to graduate.

To help new graduate students get acquainted, Graham hosts new student orientations. Graham connects new students to other current students and professors in PSM.

“I am a liaison for important information to and from students, faculty and staff,” Graham said.

As a graduate secretary, Graham  is continually exposed to students from all over the world—something Graham deems her favorite part about her job.

“I grew up in a small town so not a lot of meeting new people in that area,” Graham said. “My job is like traveling the world, minus the traveling.”

Graham’s passion is helping other students succeed. She is able to meet all of the graduate students and continues to learn more about the department and the university.  As a link between students and faculty, Graham learns as much as she can about campus to provide new students with the tools they need to be successful within PSM and MSU.

“It is a passion of mine to help others and meet new people, both of which I currently do in this job,” Graham said.