Undergraduate Student Stories

Applied Health

Finger pointing at xray on screen

When senior Jill Lucas, Dodge Center, MN, began her online degree, she already had a two-year degree in radiology from Riverland Community College in Austin, MN. Following her graduation from Riverland, she went to work for Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato, MN, and a year later moved to a new position in the radiology department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she has worked for the past 13 years.

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Information Technology Management

Peter Andrada smiling with a U of M Crookston mug

Peter Andrada, a Minnesota native, found his way to the University of Minnesota right out of high school in the early 90s, but the timing wasn’t quite right for him then. Nonetheless, years later Andrada would find himself thriving in his IT career and back at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

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International Business

Chanjoo Lee receiving his 4.0 plaque at convocation

Chanjoo Lee travelled all the way from South Korea to attend fall convocation and to receive his 4.0 plaque. “I enjoy my international business major and anything I can study related to trade economics or international business law,” he says. “Distance learning offers me an opportunity for closer monitoring of my progress.”

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Amber Oestreich

Amber Oestreich is an overachiever. She holds two jobs, is pursuing her BS in International Business, and recently fit in a study abroad trip to South Africa. She shares how she juggles her responsibilities and what her future may hold.

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Learning Technologies

Haven Jaboby

A combination of an inspiring instructor and a natural inclination toward digital citizenship persuaded Haven Jacoby to pursue the Learning Technologies minor. The lessons she learned were immediately applicable to the social media job she'd just begun, and they also taught her important skills that she hadn't seen anywhere else.

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Bridget Steffes

Bridget Steffes' story as a nontraditional online student is one many can relate to. She was a young mother who chose to set aside the completion of her degree to focus on raising her family. Almost two decades later, she decided it was time for her to focus on herself.

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Carrie Berquist


For Carrie Bergquist, the decision to go back to school was more than preparation for the next step in a career. It was about her two daughters, a better life, and seizing an opportunity. A visit with faculty in the Business Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston was the meeting that sealed the deal for Bergquist.

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Manufacturing Management

Joe Cretesio portrait

For graduate Joe Cretesio, the Crookston campus means a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a chance to dream. "When you wake up in the morning, you need to have dreams," Cretesio says. "And you need to remember that age is not a prerequisite to attaining a quality education."

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Manufacturing Management (Quality Management)

Rebecca Cowles

Rebecca Cowles, originally from Bohol, Philippines, found value in Crookston's  “Small Campus, Big Degree” atmosphere and the flexibility of a fully online degree. This spring she will be celebrating three years as an Inspector Technician in the quality department at Collins Aerospace in Burnsville, MN.

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Multidisciplinary Studies

Jim O'Brien playing hockey

Jim O'Brien was destined to play professional hockey, and sure enough, he was drafted to the National Hockey League (NHL) at the age of 18. It was an incredible opportunity. However, O’Brien’s choice to play meant that he would have to put another opportunity on hold—his college education.

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