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Jim Simon’s Story

During my Senior year, I recognized that my interests had shifted and I needed to fill in some gaps before I was ready to start my career. My undergraduate advisor encouraged me to consider the Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree Program and through it, I was able to take classes that were really different than I had pursued in my undergraduate career. This helped me to narrow my focus and identify the niche within the Environmental space that I wanted to explore in my professional life.

As a result of having a Master’s degree, I have been able to teach an undergraduate class and demonstrate that I am capable of graduate level work, should I ever decide to pursue a doctorate. My Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree from UB helped frame the next choices I make in my career, setting me up for long term success.

-Jim Simon ‘07
Director of Sustainability
Gonzaga University