Cops worked a part-time job, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, played club soccer and was president of UW-Stout's Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals student chapter.
It was challenging to balance his activities and schoolwork while trying to get enough sleep and stay healthy. Still, Cops suggested students get involved.
"It's important, especially in college, because it is a unique opportunity to grow as a person and gain valuable perspectives into other ways of life," Cops said.
Cops also suggested students identify what's most valuable to them, whether it be school, their spiritual life or sports.
"I do not know what it is for you. But it is important to identify what your goals in life are and work hard toward them," he said.
Success is a choice
College has changed Cops in many ways. Much of this change he owes to the people he met. His friends and family, mentors and teachers pushed him to go beyond his best and supported him when he needed it most.
"I owe my success to the resources and people that I have been exposed to at UW-Stout," Cops said. "My appreciation goes out to my teachers and especially my program director Gene Gutman for pushing me to new heights. Surround yourself with good people and treat them well. You will not be disappointed."