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Economics

Michael Poirier

Michael Poirier

Class of 2009
Economics Major, Business Minor

Michael’s involvement on Merrimack’s Student Government Association has provided him with many opportunities, but one in particular could be labeled as once-in-a-lifetime. He helped Merrimack make a major college curriculum transition – from the traditional five courses for three credits, to a four course, four credit (4x4) model.

As the only student in Merrimack’s College Wide Transition Team, Michael was able to give his input from a student’s perspective while hearing the administration’s view firsthand. “It gave me insight into how the administration works. I was able to hear faculty and staff discuss different aspects of the college that I hadn’t heard before, and I took a look at college beyond the scope of the student.”

Michael helped to evaluate every course to see if it met the new standards. He believes he would not have been part of such an important project anywhere else. “Merrimack provides so many opportunities for any student to make a difference on campus. You wouldn’t get that at a larger school.”

As a Maine native, Merrimack is still different than what Michael is used to, but upon visiting the campus, he knew it was the right decision. “I wanted to attend a smaller, liberal arts-based school, and my high school guidance counselor told me about Merrimack. After touring the campus, and meeting and talking with students and faculty, I knew Merrimack would be a good fit.”

And he was right. Michael has grown as a result of his campus involvement. In addition to serving as treasurer on student government, he participated in community service opportunities, helped launch and maintain Merrimack’s Web site, and is even active in the student Poker Society.