How did your involvement impact your experience?
I have been a member of Sigma Lambda Chi, the Construction Honors Society, for the past two years. Membership is by invitation only, and you must be in the top 20% of your class to qualify. I am very proud to be a part of this organization, and it motivates me to continue to push myself academically.
I also have three on-campus jobs. I have worked for University Housing, first as a resident adviser and then as a hall manager of HKMC residence hall. Through Housing, I have learned so much about management, relationships and time management.
It has been an experience that I recommend for everyone, especially those looking for leadership experience.
I have worked as a campus tour guide with the Admissions Office and was a student ambassador for the construction program. Through these jobs, I had the opportunity to interact with potential Stout students and answer any questions they may have regarding life at Stout and what they can expect from their experience here. These two positions have also been very beneficial to practice and learn communication skills, and to meet a wide variety of people from varying backgrounds and ideas.
For scholarships, I received the Chancellor's Scholarship for my first two years on campus. This helped me tremendously when it came time to pay my semester bill and certainly allowed me to keep some more money in savings and require fewer loans. Additionally, because working for Housing pays for your room and meal plan, I have saved money. This has been a tremendous benefit and will allow me to graduate college with relatively little debt – something that is becoming more of a rarity these days.
How did you overcome the challenges you faced in earning your degree?
I faced many challenges in earning my degree, including big exams, difficult projects and balancing three on-campus jobs on top of everything. My capstone project really pushed me to my limits. I had to work with my group to complete a construction proposal document. I was able to overcome these challenges through determination and overwhelming support from others.
What are you most proud of as you finish your degree?
I am most proud of the impact and legacy I have had in my time here at Stout. I have made connections with so many people that I’ve lost track. Having the opportunity to leave my mark on areas like University Housing and the construction program has been a wonderful opportunity, and I am honored that I have been able to do so.