CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–October 28, 2014. When Patrick Ryan enrolled as a 20-year old at Roosevelt University in 2007, he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life or what he should major in.
Seven years later, the Roosevelt alumnus is a successful community leader who feels so strongly about his experience at Roosevelt that he recently returned to his alma mater to talk about how education had changed his life.
“By the time I came to Roosevelt, I had already dropped out of two colleges, and I didn’t have a lot of faith that I was going to make it through and get a degree,” Ryan recently told students in Professor Paul Green’s political science class.
“But something happened to me when I got here,” said Ryan, who, at 27 years of age has two Roosevelt degrees and is in charge of operations related to the planned 2016 launch of a new Great Oaks Foundation charter school in Wilmington, Del.
“At Roosevelt, I learned about the University’s social justice mission and the importance of being compassionate, and as a result, by the time I graduated, I not only had compassion but also knew how to deal with people,” said Ryan, who became involved with Roosevelt’s Student Government Association.
Receiving a BA in political science from the University in 2010 and an MBA in 2012, Ryan became a fellow with the Match Tutor Corps program in Boston after graduating and later began working as a tutor coach for Great Oaks, the operator of East Coast charter schools that work primarily with low-income students and stress one-on-one tutoring as the best way to improve students’ skills.
Currently at work on the launch of a sixth-12th grade charter school for up to 900 students, Ryan is in charge of all facets of the school’s launch including recruitment, marketing and community relations.
He invited Roosevelt students to apply to become tutor fellows with the charter school and also credited Green for being an important mentor.
“Patrick Ryan is a perfect example of the kind of success each of you can have,” Green told his students.