Kyle Piestrak, marketing major, sophomore
Where he lives:
“I’m from Allen Park, which is a 15-minute drive to campus. I live with my parents and sister in the house I grew up in.”
The perks of home:
“Going from high school to college is a change. There’s more independence and new people, which is great. But that independence comes with the responsibility of managing my time and money. It’s also figuring out what comes next for me — like do I want to be an engineer or do I want to work in business marketing? Or can I do both?
I’m learning more and more about what I’m interested in doing as a career and what the options are. So it’s nice to have a familiar place to come home to while I’m figuring out what my future looks like— and it’s a plus that my home is close to where I work and have worked since high school. It’s also nice to save money because renting is really expensive right now.”
Life outside of school:
“I’m an assistant manager at Culver’s in Allen Park. I’ve worked there for three years, starting in high school when they opened. After I graduated high school, I was promoted to assistant manager. Since they pay well and the people are nice, I wanted to keep working there. It works because UM-Dearborn is so close and my manager schedules my work hours around school.
Working at Culver’s is beyond learning how a fast food restaurant works. It’s also shown me that I like marketing and the strategy around it. The owners have done some interesting things to market themselves at a community level. For example, they’ve set up high school scholarships and take part in fundraising events. I’ve also gotten to talk with our district marketing manager. So on top of having a good job that helps me pay for school, I am also picking up ideas that I can use in the future if I go into business marketing.”
How this Wolverine has fun:
“I try to plan my week where I have at least one free day to unwind. At home, I have a gaming room in my basement. That’s where I go to relax.