How did you overcome the challenges you faced in earning your degree?
Over half of my time at UW-Stout has been spent living amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I faced several challenges throughout the past few years, struggling with mental health, loss of loved ones and friendships, and, with my minor in Spanish, balancing work as a translator at COVID-19 vaccine clinics while attending a mix of online, hybrid and in-person classes.
I overcame these challenges by focusing on school-life balance, knowing that I could only do my best, and at the end of the day, that's all that counts. I learned there is no worth in stressing over situations that cannot be controlled. I spent a lot of time worrying whether I had chosen the right path, but at the end of the day, it’s not that serious; I can always switch it up and pursue more knowledge and experience. Regardless, I consistently try to make the best of these moments.
What are you most proud of as you finish your degree?
My experience at UW-Stout has given me countless skills to manage life in and out of school. As I finish my degree, I am proud of my commitment and dedication to consistent learning and growth, my drive to complete work to the best of my ability. I am proud of the memories and myriad valuable relationships I have made along the way.