I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Marketing with a certificate in Graphic Design. I was admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business out of high school as part of the Direct Admit BBA Program* and will graduate a year early in May 2018. I enjoy taking advantage of the many personal and professional opportunities offered to me here; there’s nothing like being a Badger!
* The criteria for direct admission have since been changed, but at the time of my acceptance to the program invitations were only offered to students with exemplary test scores (ACT 32 and above) and high school involvement.
In my time at DC Everest I began to develop myself both personally and professionally by engaging in a multitude of activities. I became well rounded by participating in a range of academic and athletic based organizations, and most importantly formed strong relationships with both my teachers and peers. I maintain the firm belief that honest relationships and open communication are key components to success.
Big Fat Designs is a small graphic/web design company in Wausau, WI. In the summer of 2017 I accepted a position as an intern with BFD and was one of three employees working to provide quality graphic, web, video, and content creation services to a variety of both local and faraway clients.
I became an addition to the Academic Technology and Web Department of the Wisconsin School of Business in the fall semester of my second year of college. Hired as a front end developer/website content specialist hybrid, I work with both code and words in this role. My primary responsibilities involve email and web page creation/editing as the business school undergoes a major website redesign.
As a webmaster for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, I am responsible for creating and maintaining various department websites. I also assist with the design of promotional materials and help out in other areas, such as photography for research papers, as needed.
Tuxes and Tulle is a burgeoning event planning company in Wausau, WI that specializes in weddings. In the fall of 2016 I was asked to design and develop a responsive website in order to reach a larger client base via an accessible and relevant online presence. I finished this project in December and was thrilled by all of the challenges and excitement it brought!
In the fall of 2016 I was a teaching assistant for the Wisconsin School of Business's LEAD course, a semester long three-credit class designed specifically for direct admit students. I myself took this course during my first semester on campus and relished the opportunity to be a mentor to new students in the same way my TAs were resources to me. You can read some of my biggest takeaways from this experience here.
The summer after my first year of college I was a marketing intern at WAOW Newsline 9, a local news station in my hometown. This position was part of the Quinternship Program, an internship initiative by parent company Quincy Newspapers created to enhance the learning experience of students with real world work. You can read a midterm reflection I wrote about my experience here, and a final reflection I wrote here.
As a summer time AmeriCorps tutor in the NCCAP AmeriCorps program in Wausau, Wisconsin, I worked with kids ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade in both group and one-on-one settings, enriching their summer educational opportunities and offering remedial support to help them stay on track for graduation.
In late November 2016 I was recruited to work as an independent contractor for Prose Media, assisting them with various large-scale content marketing projects. I appreciate the freedom that freelancing offers and enjoy the reconciliation of structure and ambiguity provided by this opportunity.
As a contributing writer to this growing online publication I was able to write articles on a range of topics of my own choosing. I worked to weekly or bi-weekly deadlines and collaborated with editors to make necessary improvements to my work. I chose to leave this role as my passion for web development grew and I no longer had the time to dedicate to required writing. It's important to me to be fully committed to everything I do, and while it was a difficult decision to leave, I know it was the best one.
As a staff writer for this online "for freshmen by freshmen" magazine I was assigned various articles and given deadlines by which to have them completed. I worked directly with Fresh U’s editors to discuss alterations to my writing and was a component of a large freshman network dedicated to making the college transition a little less overwhelming for us all. It was an interesting challenge to write on assigned topics as opposed to my own natural inclinations.
As the Senior Class Communications Director I work with the other four members of the Senior Class Office to plan the winter and spring commencement ceremonies, engage the senior class in events and the class gift campaign, and specifically improve the office's online and social media presence. I accepted this position in March of 2017 and will hold it until I graduate in May 2018.
The Point of Convergence Literary Magazine is DC Everest Senior High's student-run creative writing publication. I served as an author and editor during my time in high school; in the winter of 2016 I was enlisted by my former creative writing teacher to develop a website for the program to help them reach a broader range of both local students and potential school partners.
AIGA (founded as the American Institute of Graphic Arts) is a professional design organization with a chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In September 2016 I became a member and began to participate in their mentorship program, an initiative to connect students with professionals in their chosen fields.
I have been a member of the Central Wisconsin Water Ski Show Team (we call ourselves The Water Walkers) since 2005. In this time I have served on the board as the female ski representative (September 2010 to August 2014), a role in which I worked with skiers and board members to manage a variety of conflicts before they became issues that affected the quality of our family friendly shows. I also built The Water Walker’s website from scratch and maintained it with updated content for five years from March 2010 to September 2015. I transitioned out of my webmaster role when I left for college but continue to function as the team's graphic designer, creating various print and digital promotional materials.
The Hannah Fund is a charity founded by DeForest, WI high school students with the mission of helping their classmates in battles against cancer. Inspired when one student was diagnosed with the disease, it has since helped both current students and alumni manage the financial burden of medical care. In the fall of 2016 I volunteered my time to help create an online presence for The Hannah Fund that would allow the charity to achieve a more permanent status.
In August 2016 I was asked to speak at a local event called The Power of Being a Girl. Hosted by the YWCA and Wausau Women's Community, it was a day long workshop where young girls had the opportunity to learn about healthy relationships, engage with their peers in discussion, and participate in fun crafts and activities. As a featured speaker I talked about my personal struggles with insecurity as well as ways to cope with feelings of inadequacy and isolation. I adapted this personal writing piece for my speech.
As a designer for the Ad Club Agency I helped provide creative services such as logo, flyer, and website design for other student organizations. I worked with a team of strategists to come up with the best way to present information and turn our brainstorms into finalized design products.
In my summer of AmeriCorps service in 2015 I worked with the marketing director at The Neighbors' Place to develop and design a storyboard that truly encompassed all this organization does within the Wausau community. Our goal was to raise awareness and support for the various programs and events to which The Neighbor's Place is home, and to broaden the community's perception of this nonprofit. I was in charge of the actual design and production of the board panels.
In my time as part of Mount Olive Lutheran Church's youth group I participated in five out of state mission trips where we traveled to communities in need and served through both physical labor and relational ministry. Specific tasks included but were not limited to working with the disabled, elderly and young, constructing wheelchair ramps, performing home repairs, roofing, painting, and listening openly to those we were serving. In addition, I also served as both a small and large group devotion leader, leading discussions with my peers and collaborating with church staff to create and innovate discussion activities and topics.
Clompish.com is my personal writing portfolio and blog featuring a large collection of my literary work. I built the site and all of its content from scratch and am extremely fond of the freedom of expression it offers me.
Snort for Short is a blog for my family's rescue dog, Snort. We adopted her in early 2017 and wanted a way to keep the humane society staff and others who had been following her journey up to date on her new life. I designed and developed the site's WordPress theme from scratch and loved the chance to use my professional pursuits to showcase my passion for this wonderful dog.