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Andrew Kiezulas, 2017 Featured Graduate

Andrew Kiezulas

In 2016, Andrew Kiezulas helped create the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC) on USM's Portland Campus, which is building a community of students in recovery from substance use and other mental health conditions.

Degree/s: Chemistry

Place of birth: Concord, MA

Hometown: Portland, ME

What led you to pursue your education at USM? Upon again finding short-term sobriety in long-term recovery, I was encouraged by my mother to continue learning, growing and investing in my recovery by seeking a college degree.

Have you had an experience at USM that you feel changed your life or your view of the world? I have had many game-changing experiences at USM. Two immediately come to mind: "Welcome Warriors" and the year long process of forming The ROCC. USM's faculty, admin and student body has developed an environment that continues to empower incredible teamwork, dedication and passion. I will surely continue to take with me and seek to resemble the power of that possibility.

What are your future plans? Across the street to the Muskie School of Public Service for a Masters in Policy Planning and Management (MPPM) I go!

Is there anyone you'd like to thank? Of course mom and the family, lady-friend Bryn Gallagher and all those with which I have had the honor of sharing an experience. This is a shared victory. At USM: Dr. Margaret Hausman has been a complete rock. From day one, she fortified in me a trust in my abilities and a belief in myself. She remains the most reliable and devoted professor I have ever had and I am honored to call her a friend. Dr. John Brunette's youthful enthusiasm for mathematics and education have fundamentally changed the way in which I think, learn and ask questions. His insights and lessons extend far beyond the confines of the classroom.

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