Ross D’Entremont was born in Beaumont, Texas, and spent his formative years there before his family relocated to Hoover, Alabama. He graduated in May with both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in political science as a part of the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP), completing both degrees in four years. As an in-state student, Ross made his mark on campus.
Graduating with University Honors, Ross has a long and impressive resume for four years on campus: Student Government Association vice president for academic affairs, Lambda Chi Alpha treasurer, Honors College Advising Board member, University Fellows Experience, University Committee of Committees member, works for Graduate School dean and still makes time for a social life.
When he began his college search, Ross was not set on The University of Alabama. Considering whether to return to Texas or seek a new experience outside of what he thought he knew, he found a new perspective when he visited the Tuscaloosa campus. “It felt like family. I wanted a college experience I could enjoy. Where I could be service minded and have networking opportunities. UA has it all,” Ross stated.
He admitted early into the AMP program and quickly grew in a new direction. “AMP provides me with the joy of being an undergraduate while building personal maturity as a graduate student.” That developed maturity has taught Ross three valuable lessons he plans to carry with him into the joint JD/MBA program at Notre Dame in the fall:
1) Moderate your extremes. Being open-minded is going to get you the farthest with others.
2) Life moves fast. Enjoy the present, but be prepared for when it is over.
3) Money is not the most important thing.
Ross credits the Tuscaloosa community as part of his success as a student. “Tuscaloosa is growing and recouping. It is big enough to be alone but small enough to find a friend. Despite its reputation as a college town, it is a place where graduate students can also succeed.”
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.