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Christy Steffke

Mentoring Others to Follow Their Dreams

CHRISTY’S STORY

Christy takes every opportunity she can to help and teach others. After transferring to UM-Dearborn in Winter 2008, she immediately became involved in outreach programs encouraging inner-city middle and high school students to gain interest in the sciences and to pursue a college degree. She also mentored a graduate student from Kurdistan in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for two months full-time in 2009 through an Arab-American Women's Business Council program.

Christy believes that she has been very fortunate with the opportunities in her life and wants to encourage others to reach for the stars. She often reminds herself of the Mark Twain quote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Christy has been president of The Organization for Earth Studies, a Volunteer at Large for Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, and performed research on the Rouge River.