A Q&A with one of the 1,319 students who received a diploma May 4 at UW-Stout:
Name: Kurt Adams
Major: Retail merchandising and management
Why did you choose UW-Stout? I chose UW-Stout for a number of reasons, but chief among them was that Stout is a polytechnic university. I loved the idea of super hands-on education and learning by doing. Stout also has an incredible retail program that I believe very strongly in.
What are the biggest challenges you faced in getting your degree? One of the biggest challenges was reaching out for help when I needed it. I didn't reach out enough early on, and I could have saved myself a lot of stress and headaches.
What stands out about your college experience? Definitely the vast knowledge and experience of our professors. I think that it would be extremely difficult to replicate an experience like ours somewhere else. Most professors have firsthand, professional experience in their fields, and that makes all the difference.
What's next? After graduation, I will be joining the ranks of Sam's Club in La Crosse as an assistant manager to further my retail adventure.