It's graduation what's next?

University of Northern Iowa students made it through finals week, and for some, Dec. 17 was the last time they entered the McLeod Center as a student.

This is UNI profiled four students who are graduating this fall and have already accepted a job or internship. These profiles are part one of two.

Josh Wilson  '11

Josh Wilson with the governor and lieutenant governor

Wilson with Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor

Kim Reynolds.

Major: Political Communication

College: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa


Why did you choose UNI?

I was raised a panther! Growing up in the Cedar Valley, UNI has always been a big part of my life. Additionally, several of my family members, including my mom, attended UNI.

What's the best thing about UNI?

The people. Great faculty and staff, and even cooler students! It's awesome to attend a college where your professors get to know you by name and where there are just enough people that you don't feel like you're the only one here. It's a small, but growing university.

What advice would you give high school students getting ready for college?

The people that told you high school would be the best four years of your life were lying…college is the best! Once you pick a school, get involved with as much as you can and meet as many people as you can. You'll learn a lot in the classroom, but even more outside.

What do you plan to do with your UNI education?

My next stop is Des Moines where I've accepted a communications internship in the governor's office. I will primarily be assisting the governor's communication and scheduling directors. My job will also include working with Iowans and the governor's office to solve problems.

Stephanie Wessels

Wessels took an internship in New York City with the Theatre

Communications Group.

Stephanie Wessels  '11

Major: Theatre – Design and Production

College: Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa


Why did you choose UNI?

I chose UNI because of the convenience, size and distance from home. Being a native of Dubuque, having some distance from home was necessary for me, and I wanted to attend a school that offered a larger school atmosphere, but still with the personal attention to explore my interests.

What kind of on-campus activities or organizations were you involved in?

During my time at UNI, I was heavily involved in the theatre student organizations. I also loved cheering for UNI at all kinds of sporting events. I believe this involvement helped me not only become close with other theatre majors, but majors from all over campus, Feeling like you're a part of something greater than yourself helped me pursue my education.

What advice would you give high school students getting ready for college?

College is more than just grade 13. For me, I entered UNI treating my first semester classes like high school, which wasn't what I needed to do to succeed. Take time to find how you adjust and take as many classes as you can that interest you.

What do you plan to do with your UNI education?

I am taking my education to New York City to work for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) as a communication and conference intern. I will be assisting TCG in preparation for their national conference in June and helping with strategic planning of communication outreach.