Mick Brege

"I came to LTU as a young entrepreneur, juggling a start-up company and my studies. The close relationships I have with professors have allowed me to tailor my experience on campus to successfully meet the demands of both."

Mick Brege
Interaction Design
Class of 2019


I’m probably not what you’d consider your average college student. During my senior year of high school, my friend Matt and I identified a problem in need of a solution: there was no easy way for us to access all the information that we and our fellow students might be looking for in one place—like grades, sports scores, and extracurricular information.

So we created the solution ourselves; we designed an app for our high school (which we eventually sold back to the district) and formed an LLC, setting our sights on developing new apps and scaling up.

Our business started taking off as we prepared to head to schools on opposite sides of the state. I had planned to pursue character design and animation at an art college but decided I should enroll in a program that would advance my budding app development career—and being closer to Metro Detroit would be a bonus!

My dad had a flyer from Lawrence Tech and I was really impressed by the quality of the student work. Then I discovered they had an Interaction Design program and, after visiting campus to meet with faculty, I knew LTU’s small campus would be the best possible place for me to learn and grow my business at the same time.

The small class sizes have allowed me to build really close relationships with professors and tailor my own education in ways I never thought possible.

I even had the opportunity to work with my program’s Director to organize and hold the 2018 Michigan Interaction Design (MIxD) Summit at LTU, where a diverse group of nearly 300 industry professionals, students, and members of the media came to campus to learn about the future of design and technology.

From the scholarships that allowed me to attend to the design studios I’ve called home, every part of my LTU experience was impacted by donor support.

I’m a Blue Devil because I dare to forge a new path—to create solutions where none exist and focus on what’s next—but it’s donors like you who make it possible when they dare to make a difference and give to LTU.




Natalia Abro

 "As a member of LTU's first Nursing cohort, I'm getting the education I need to turn a job that I'm passionate about into a lifelong career."

Natalia Abro

Nursing
Class of 2021


In my culture, family is everything. My parents emigrated from Iraq when they were younger because they wanted to build a better life not just for themselves but to help their parents and, eventually, their children.

My grandparents lived with us my whole life and being in a multi-generational home definitely gives you a different perspective. Taking care of someone when they’re sick, especially when they’re near the end of their life, is a family affair. My grandfather passed away a few years ago and it was in helping him that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field.

I enrolled in a pre-health professional studies program at another university with the goal of becoming a Physician Assistant but, after a year and a half, I wasn’t sure it was right for me. So I took a break and started working as a Nursing Assistant. It gave me the opportunity to reconnect with the reasons I wanted to do this work in the first place. I love helping people and it’s so rewarding to see how compassionate care can lift someone’s spirits.

One patient I’ll never forget is an older man who only spoke Chaldean and had no family to visit him in the hospital. I’m so glad that I could be there for him and I still keep in contact with him to this day, visiting him in his nursing home whenever I can.

But at some point I realized that, in order to advance my career, I needed to go back to school.

I was dropping a friend off at Lawrence Tech who was studying Engineering and he encouraged me to apply to the brand new Nursing program. I hadn’t even considered LTU but, after coming to campus for an admissions interview with the program director, Dr. Therese Jamison, I knew it was the place for me!

From the scholarships that allow me to attend to the labs where I learn to save lives, every part of my LTU experience is impacted by donor support.

I’m a Blue Devil because I dare to go the extra mile—for my patients, for my classmates, and in my studies—but it’s donors like you who make it possible when they dare to make a difference and give to LTU.



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Matt Esterle

"A quality education was always my first priority. By coming to LTU, I can get a world-class Business degree and continue to play the sport I love. The chance to be a leader on campus and establish new traditions is the icing on the cake!”

Matt Esterle
Business Administration
Class of 2020


I started playing football when I was seven years old. Like most kids who grow up playing sports, I had dreams of becoming a professional athlete. But once I started attending a STEM learning based middle school that didn’t have an athletics program, I realized that the best path to success for me was to focus on academics.

So when it came time to decide on a university, the quality of the education I’d receive was more important to me than a spot on the football team. I would have given up playing football if that was what I had to do to get the best degree possible.

Thanks to Lawrence Tech, I didn’t have to choose.

I was contacted by a coach at LTU and when my dad and I visited campus, we already felt like family. And in addition to getting a great education, I would have the opportunity to play a role in establishing new traditions. Through starting a program from nothing with 44 other guys from around the country, LTU has truly become my home.

As student-athletes, we’re getting our education on and off the field. Our coaches push us every day—not to be the best player with the best stats, but to be the best young men we can be. They push us to live up to core values of character, integrity, and service to our community (and to make sure we’re not slipping on our schoolwork!).

From the scholarships that allow me to attend to the field where I get to live out my dream of playing college ball, every part of my LTU experience is impacted by donor support.

I’m a Blue Devil because I dare to take the lead—to push myself and those around me to “earn it”, as my coaches say—but it’s donors like you who make it possible when they dare to make a difference and give to LTU.



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Mayar Zamzam

"The diversity among faculty and students is one of LTU's greatest strengths. When people from all cultures and walks of life come together to address global challenges—like sustainability—we can find the best possible solutions!"

Mayar Zamzam
Architectural Engineering
Class of 2022


The first thing I can remember wanting to be when I grew up was an art teacher. I’d get new markers for my birthday and I had a big imagination as a kid so I was always drawing on something. It wasn’t until middle school that I realized I also really liked math. My parents emigrated from Egypt before I was born and we’ve gone back to visit every year for as long as I can remember. It was during those trips that I was exposed to my mom’s work as an Architect.

I liked architecture and considered it for a career, but I just knew I couldn’t let go of math.

Thankfully, I had wonderful teachers in high school who encouraged me to pursue my interest in STEM fields. So I was looking for a university that would allow me to blend my interests in design and math and still be close to home. Once I visited Lawrence Tech’s campus and met Professor Filza Walters, the Director of Architectural & Civil Engineering, her passion was all it took to convince me!

One of the best things about LTU is that theory and practice are taught from day one. Unlike my friends at larger universities, I get to dive right into hands-on work in the labs and studios as a freshman. I’m already learning industry standard software.

I also love LTU’s diversity. Going to college is about more than reading books and taking tests; it’s about preparing for success in a world that’s full of people from different cultures and with different points of view. Diverse backgrounds mean diverse ideas—and that benefits everyone (especially when it comes to tackling some of the biggest issues affecting the planet)! My goal is to use what I learn at LTU to one day go back to Egypt and help promote more sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

From the scholarships that allow me to attend to the lab equipment I use every day, every part of my LTU experience is impacted by donor support.

I’m a Blue Devil because I dare to think globally—to believe no problem is too big to solve—but it’s donors like you who make it possible when they dare to make a difference and give to LTU.



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