ASSE Awards First Member-Get-A-Member Scholarship

2014_MGAM_PorubskyKristin Porubsky, who graduated in August 2014 after completing her degree in occupational safety and health (OSH) at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, is the first-ever recipient of the ASSE Member-Get-A-Member Scholarship. Throughout 2013, ASSE contributed $1 to the scholarship fund for each new member referred by a current member; $2,800 was raised by year’s end. “This scholarship helped me immensely during my last semester as an OSH student. I am eager to enter the safety field now that I have seen what amazing people there are to mentor me. I hope to one day return the favor to a student like myself,” says Kristen, who interned at General Motors as part of her studies.

ASSE recently spoke with Kristin to learn how she came into the safety field and what ASSE membership means to her.

SU: Why did you choose a degree in safety?
Kristin: To be honest, I had never heard of this field until an acquaintance told me about it. She had gone through the same program at Oakland University and had a job with the Hartford in Texas and loved it. What made me decide to earn a degree in safety is that I would still get to do what I have always wanted to do, which is to help others, but would be able to do so in a business setting.

SU: How did you find out about ASSE?
Kristin: Another member told me that it was an organization I had to join if I wanted to go into the safety field. Also, my professors were always encouraging students to join. They all reinforced the benefits of joining and it has been one of the smartest decisions I have ever made.

SU: How has being an ASSE member helped you?
Kristin: Being a member has helped me get in touch with others in the safety field as well as classmates and professors. It has been a great experience to be able to talk regularly with my peers on safety issues. Also, during our student section meetings, I met and learned from many different individuals.

SU: What is your ideal job after graduation?
Kristin: I would like to work at General Motors, where I interned. I have tried to gain as much experience in various fields and would love to work for a major corporation such as GM. [Update: Kristin reports that she will be working with GM in Milford, MI.]

SU: How will the scholarship help you?
Kristin: This scholarship helped me pay for the 14 credits I took this summer. Being able to reduce the amount of loans to pay for school was a weight off my shoulders and I appreciate that ASSE was able to give me this scholarship.

SU: What advice do you have for students who are considering a career in safety?
Kristin: My advice to students who are considering a career in safety is to join ASSE! Even if you are still unsure about a career in safety, this organization has so many resources that are helpful. From the Professional Safety magazine to webinars and conferences, as well as being in contact with other members; it has it all.

ASSE’s Member-Get-A-Member campaign will award another scholarship in 2014. Visit the campaign’s website to learn more.