USAO is a great place to get a degree with its small class sizes and ample opportunities for one-on-one visits with professors. My liberal arts education gave me the essential tools to be a critical, inquisitive, life-long learner.
Brandon Case took his English degree through graduate school and into a career serving under-represented populations.
Case is a case manager for the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging, using a combination between his liberal arts education and his major-specific skills every day.
“My liberal arts education gave me the essential tools to be a critical, inquisitive, life-long learner,” he said. “My degree in English helped me to develop the writing skills I still use daily.”
Case went on to complete his master’s in American Studies from the University of Wyoming in 1992 and an MBA from Fort Hays State University in 1998.
As a case manager, he helps the elderly maintain autonomy by staying in their homes and serves as a resource center for family, friends and elderly individuals. At a previous job in 2007, he was able to help those suffering from mental illness pick up the pieces after a devastating tornado.
While Case admits he chose USAO partially because of how far the school was away from his hometown of Alva, it ended up being the perfect university for him.
“USAO is a great place to get a degree with its small class sizes and ample opportunities for one-on-one visits with professors,” he said.
USAO provided a safe place for Case to experience the transition between teenager and adult. The time, however, passed quickly.
“The experiences I had here are bittersweet in retrospect. It is a time now past, frozen in time, that was both a struggle and a joy,” he said. “I am thankful for the encouragement and support I received while making the transition.”