Undergraduate Studies would like to recognize Mike Young of Louisa, KY for his work in the classroom. Mike is a testament to the success that can come with finding direction and re-focusing your priorities. “During my first year and especially my second, I had trouble adjusting, which led to problems in class. I had a real problem in choosing a major and (was) placed on academic suspension,” Mike explains.
While Young was away from UK, he worked at a pawn shop in his hometown and began to re-evaluate his priorities and goals. The humbling experiences of being suspended and moving home to work made him realize that he needs a college education to get what he wants out of life.
Knowing that he wanted to resume his college education, Mike turned his attention to working toward a return to UK. He worked through the reinstatement process with his academic advisor, Zach Fuqua of Undergraduate Studies, and continues to actively explore majors with Zach’s help.
Young returned to the University in the fall of 2010 and accomplished a remarkable turnaround. “With help from my advisor, I was able to set myself on the correct path and I received a 4.0 and I am currently working for one again this semester.”
This experience has taught Mike a number of valuable lessons, but one stands out in his mind. “The best advice I can give would be to utilize every resource that is available to you. Had I simply done this, I would have discovered a major and avoided suspension. If you ever feel like you’re falling behind, seek help. My advisor has been a great source of information as well as someone to talk to.”