Many Stout courses have industry connections as well, allowing students to hear from industry professionals and work on real world problems and products. For example, in the GNC Collaboration Experience course, I was paired with packaging and graphic design students to create an olive oil giftpack. We work closely with Great Northern Corporation, out of Chippewa Falls, to create this design for one of their clients. This course allows me to work with graphics students, as I will in the real world, and work on a product that exists in the market today. Throughout the course, we receive feedback from GNC and their client to develop our design into a manufacturable, shippable and aesthetically pleasing giftpack that could be sold in store.
Altogether, Stout’s applied learning, collaboration, and career-focused tenets prove their dedication to student success. Without these ambitions, I would not have experienced what I did in college, because I would not have had the opportunities I did at Stout.
I am grateful for Stout’s drive to teach and grow their students through these tenets.
How did your involvement impact your experience?
My various involvements in college taught me an important lesson that will stay with me forever. That is, invest in what interests you. I think it is important to find things that you are passionate about and involve yourself in those things. Being your authentic self is the best person you can be.
I was president of both the Academic Honor Society and the Packaging Association. I was the student ambassador for the Packaging Advisory Committee. I was also involved in Cru and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. I played on the women’s tennis team and was captain my senior year.
I have held multiple on-campus jobs as well. I worked for the athletic department as a Health and Fitness Center employee and an Athletics statistician. I also worked in the packaging department as a lab assistant and teaching assistant.
My involvements in and around campus have allowed me to create meaningful relationships and make a difference in areas that interest me.
I have earned multiple scholarships, including the Freshman Legacy Annual Scholarship; Carter Family Scholarship; Prent Corporation Packaging Scholarship; Packaging Corporation of America Scholarship; and the Boston Scientific Scholarship. I have also received the Chancellor’s Scholarship; IoPP PepsiCo R&D Scholarship; Specright Sustainability Scholarship; TAPPI Dan Siegel Memorial Scholarship; Charter Bank Scholarship; and the IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship. I received scholarships to attend two packaging-related conferences including the PackOut Conference and the TAPPI Flex Place Conference.
These scholarships have allowed me to attend college with less financial stress than I anticipated. With that, I was able to focus much more on my academics and involvements, rather than a heavy workload working a part-time job.