Hello! My name is Melissa and I am a senior at UW-Stevens Point. This May I will be graduating with a double major in Marketing and Business Administration. I’m from a very small town named Forestville in Door County, located about 20 minutes south of Sturgeon Bay.
My college career didn’t begin at UW-Stevens Point - I completed my freshman year at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay. Doing so not only allowed me to save a little money while completing some of my general education requirements, but gave me some time to really think about what career I wanted and what UW school would best fit me. I toured a couple colleges, but I didn’t feel particularly connected to the campuses or location.
As soon as I toured UW-Stevens Point, however, I could tell it was different than other colleges. I got the sense that the faculty and administrators at UWSP didn’t just see me as another enrollment number - it felt like they actually cared about me as a person, and wanted to see me succeed both academically and in my future career. The campus, number of clubs, and text rental program were also important determining factors for me, along with location. The city of Stevens Point is definitely bigger than the tiny town I grew up in, but it still has a warm, strong sense of community that most larger cities lack. I was also very impressed by the number of opportunities local businesses provided UWSP students, from internships and work experience to networking events and informative presentations. I knew UW-Stevens Point was the perfect college for me, and in the three years I’ve attended college here, that has proven true.
Although graduating from UW-Stevens Point is bittersweet, I look forward to what the future brings. I plan on pursuing a career in marketing, and am currently looking at jobs in the Green Bay and Fox Valley areas so I can be closer to my family. However, I would love to return to the Stevens Point area someday to either further my career or start my own business. I know no matter what I choose, the priceless experiences I’ve gained from my time at UWSP and my internship at the Portage County Business Council will help me both professionally and personally in my future endeavours.
submitted by Melissa, Portage County Business Council Intern
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