Following is a Q&A with one of the 749 students who received a diploma Dec. 16 at UW-Stout.
Name: Megan Hondl
Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.
Major: Applied social science; focus on economics, history and politics
Awards, honors: Chancellor’s Award three times, Samuel E. Wood Medallion Award
Why did you choose UW-Stout? Because of the small class sizes, Honors College and general vibe of the campus. The small class sizes allowed me to learn better, get to know my classmates and professors and get more out of every class. I wanted to be in the Honors College so I could have more research dissemination opportunities, a bigger variety of classes and even smaller class sizes. Additionally, everyone I knew who went to UW-Stout or knew someone who went had nothing but amazing things to say about the campus and their time here. They were right!
What are the biggest obstacles you faced in earning your degree? I chose to focus on economics, a difficult subject for me. While I was able to challenge myself and learn strong critical thinking skills, there were times when the classes were very difficult. In the end it was definitely worth it, but there were times I wanted to give up on economics.
What stands out among your college experiences? All of my professors who took the extra time and effort so I could have every opportunity. They were always able to write letters of recommendation, even at the last-minute, edit papers or surveys, bounce ideas off and more. I know a huge part of my success is due to them taking time to help me.
What’s next? I’ve accepted a job as a candidate fundraising manager for the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee in Madison and start in a couple of weeks.