Interview with a Graduate: Ally Goltz

Ally Goltz

Ally GoltzWhat was your most memorable moment at UM/the Forum?
I think my most memorable experience at the University of Michigan was being a member of the Michigan Dance Team.  I got to experience so many great games in the Big House and it is something I will never forget.

What was your greatest achievement at UM/the Forum?
My greatest achievement at the National Forum was watching the social media outlets really take off.  Being a Communications major, I was able to use the skills I developed in the classroom and bring them to the National Forum.  Knowing how important and widespread social media is today, I knew it was important that the National Forum established its online presence.  Watching that come together over the last year and a half was awesome.  The National Forum team has such exciting things to share with the world and now our voice is being heard!

What was your biggest take away from UM/the Forum?
Find what you’re passionate about and run with it.  If you’re working for or towards something you love, you’ll be more successful and have fun along the way!

What advice do you have for future students at UM/the Forum?
Don’t be afraid to take on a challenge.  There were a lot of things I was apprehensive about doing, especially as an undergraduate, because I thought I didn’t have the experience.  Truth is, with hard work and dedication you can do anything you set your mind to.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Whether it’s from friends, teachers, or the National Forum staff, the people around you want you to succeed.

What is your favorite part of UM/the Forum?
Both the National Forum and the University of Michigan are incredible centers of learning where a diverse group of people can come together.  Whether you’re working towards a common goal or simply connected because of the love of a single letter M, you become inspired by the people that surround you.  No matter if I was in class, at work, or in the streets of Ann Arbor, there was a sense of community and camaraderie unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  I’m going to miss it.

What are your future plans and how did UM/the Forum contribute to that?
I am currently working as a Summer Fellow at the public relations firm, Ketchum, in Los Angeles.  My experience writing for the National Forum, as well as being an ambassador for the University of Michigan Athletic Department through the Michigan Dance Team, inspired me to go into public relations.