I’ve Decided to Attend Grad School, Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve decided to go to graduate school, now what? Deciding to go to graduate school is a big decision, which is why I recommend answering these 4 questions first: Why, what,...

Is Grad School Right for Me?

There are many reasons someone might go to graduate school: earning a higher salary, having more opportunities, or maybe your career choice requires an advanced degree. It is a hard decision to make...

Professor Pop-Up: Criminal Justice

If you like understanding how the law intersects with real life, you could foster that interest into a career as a law enforcement or corrections officer or any of the many personnel in the Criminal...

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Professor Pop-Up: Criminal Justice

Professor Pop-Up: Criminal Justice

If you like understanding how the law intersects with real life, you could foster that interest into a career as a law enforcement or corrections officer or any of the many personnel in the Criminal Justice system.  After being a prosecuting attorney for 11 years, I...

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Crossing the Finish Line Toward a Bright Future

Crossing the Finish Line Toward a Bright Future

For Michael (Mike) Desch, the finish line sometimes felt far away.  Throughout his college career, which began in 2013, Desch struggled with his mental health, which didn’t make the college experience easy. At times he failed classes and once took a...

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Determined to Make Every Moment Count

Determined to Make Every Moment Count

As a high school senior, the idea of college seemed farfetched to first generation student Diana Tapia Alvarado.   Tapia Alvarado’s mom was a hard-working single parent working low-income jobs who dedicated every waking moment to paying bills and being a good mother....

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Impacting Local Water Quality with GIS Research

Impacting Local Water Quality with GIS Research

Only a semester into college, Megan Otten’s talent in geoscience became strikingly obvious.   “She was nearly perfect in all of her exams and quizzes,” Geoscience Associate Professor Dylan Blumentritt said. “A student doesn’t typically earn the scores she was earning...

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Using Experience to Inspire

Using Experience to Inspire

Jose “Junior” Valtierra-Rangel’s parents immigrated from Mexico to St. Charles, Minnesota in hopes of one day giving their children the opportunity to live a better life.  They succeeded.  Valtierra-Rangel, who was born and raised in St. Charles, had a childhood of...

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Professor Pop-Up: Biochemistry

Professor Pop-Up: Biochemistry

If you enjoy studying how everything around us is connected and how living things run, you could harness those passions into a career as a chemist.  I think the most meaningful connections a student can make during their college career come from watching their...

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I’ve Decided to Attend Grad School, Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve decided to go to graduate school, now what? Deciding to go to graduate school is a big decision, which is why I recommend answering these 4 questions first: Why, what, where, and how? By figuring out all these answers, you will be able to go...

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Is Grad School Right for Me?

There are many reasons someone might go to graduate school: earning a higher salary, having more opportunities, or maybe your career choice requires an advanced degree. It is a hard decision to make and takes a lot of consideration. If you are still unsure if grad...

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Professor Pop-Up: Criminal Justice

If you like understanding how the law intersects with real life, you could foster that interest into a career as a law enforcement or corrections officer or any of the many personnel in the Criminal Justice system.  After being a prosecuting attorney for 11 years, I...

read more

Crossing the Finish Line Toward a Bright Future

For Michael (Mike) Desch, the finish line sometimes felt far away.  Throughout his college career, which began in 2013, Desch struggled with his mental health, which didn’t make the college experience easy. At times he failed classes and once took a...

read more

Determined to Make Every Moment Count

As a high school senior, the idea of college seemed farfetched to first generation student Diana Tapia Alvarado.   Tapia Alvarado’s mom was a hard-working single parent working low-income jobs who dedicated every waking moment to paying bills and being a good mother....

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