Graduates prepare for new opportunities
By UW-Parkside Communication Major Miroslava Illasova
At colleges and universities around the world, spring marks the time of year when soon-to-be graduating seniors are working to get over the last academic hump and walk proudly across the stage and receive the long-anticipated diploma. In a matter of days, hundreds of seniors who have called the University of Wisconsin-Parkside home will move on to new life challenges.
One of those students is Alecia Annacchino. She's pursuing a double major in communication and theater arts, and is anxiously awaiting commencement.
"It has been a great experience attending the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Communication Department really prepares you for a wide range of careers," she said. "College has changed me a lot. You are like a canvas. You come to college with an idea of the way in which you should be painted. The time you spend here provides you with a new set of brushes and paints, but you keep your canvas. By the time you graduate, you are able to present others with the new art you became."
Annacchino has landed a job for the summer with Kohl's Wild Theater acting company at the Milwaukee Zoo. She is looking forward to teaching children about conservation and strategies for saving the planet through the skill of puppetry. She is also seeking positions within the communication industry.
Stacey Piper, a studio art major with a concentration in printmaking, is another senior looking forward to graduation.
"I have had a wonderful experience at UW-Parkside," Piper said. "The faculty really pushes you to be better. I have learned that art is about being able to change your view and perception on different topics."
Piper is planning to attend UW-Madison and continue her studies in printmaking. "Throughout my college experience I have learned that life does not slow down, and that even though there are things going on in your life you are going to be forced to deal with them and continue," she said. "This makes you a stronger person in return."
Piper's advice to new and incoming students is to take the work seriously and make sure they are attending a college or university for the right reasons.
Emily Lumley, a biological sciences major, sees graduation as another step in her educational journey. "Throughout my experience at UW-Parkside, one of the most valuable things I have learned is time management, Lumley said. "I have also taken advantage of many leadership opportunities on campus. It was through the general education requirements that I had a chance to explore diversity."
Lumley will be honored with an outstanding graduate award at commencement, and plans to continue her studies with the goal of becoming a physician's assistant.As commencement quickly approaches, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside is about to send a group of fresh minds into the global community; young individuals armed with new brushes and new paints, ready to make their mark on the world's canvas.