How did you overcome the challenges you faced in earning your degree?
I have always seen myself as a below-average student. It wasn't for a lack of caring; it was just that school was hard for me. I learn in unique ways, and the traditional classroom doesn't always work for me. Coming back to school in the APSS major not only changed my perspective of what higher education looks like, but it changed my perspective of myself. I realized that I am incredibly smart and capable of great work. Having the support of my professors and the flexibility in my education gave me the opportunity to be great in ways I never expected.
What are you most proud of as you finish your degree?
I am proud of my work, including my capstone projects, my various research projects, my NCUR presentation and accepting a position at People Inc.
What I am proud of most is who I have become throughout my time here at Stout. I don't even recognize the person who walked onto campus during my freshman year.
This time has given me the confidence to go out into the world and do my part in making my community a better place to be.