Success comes in many forms, as seen with this week's Alumni Spotlight John Steines '03. John lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Melissa whom he married in November of 2015. Following his graduation from GRA, John attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he focused on sociology.
For the past six years, John has been an Investigative Specialist in the Crime Victim's section of The Ohio Attorney General with the role of investigating cases of violent crime on behalf of victims to help them recoup losses and obtain a sense of justice. John will begin law school at Capital University Law School in Columbus this fall.
In his spare time, John enjoys taking in all that Columbus has to offer with family and friends. Outside of Columbus, he spends time hiking in the woods, taking trips with just a pack of supplies so he can benefit most from simply being in nature.
What John most misses about GRA is the support he received as a student. He shared that, "It's something most don't recognize while going to school there. The availability of caring faculty and staff to help you learn and grow as a person and student will never be as good again. When you head off to college or out in the real world, your failure or success has little, if any, impact on professors or employers." Many of John's favorite memories as a student involve the friends he made while at GRA and the light-hearted trouble they caused around campus.
When asked what advice he would give to current students, John explained, "I think the best advice for the men of Grand River can be taken from a quote by President Theodore Roosevelt 'the only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing'. To me, it signifies the importance of learning, or relearning, to set and reach a goal despite bumps along the way. For most of us before coming to Grand River, school felt like we were swimming against a current. We would frustratingly fight and struggle, but in the end we would find ourselves still falling further behind. It can become easy to do just enough to not draw attention or fall behind. Don't do that to yourself. Decide what goal you want to reach, embrace and learn from your mistakes along the way, and keep pushing until you get what you want. The teachers, staff, and alumni have a vested interest in your success and in helping you reach your goals. So take advantage of the support group you have at Grand River and the family that comes with it."