Scott Holmes

The self-designed major allowed me to complete my degree quicker and without added expense. My goals were to work overseas or in a support role within higher education. The self-designed major aligned perfectly with those goals

Why did you choose the self-designed major?

I started out my educational journey as an elementary education major, and then switched to secondary education English major. To complete the latter degree, I would have had to take another full year of college. The self-designed major allowed me to complete my degree quicker and without added expense. My goals were to work overseas or in a support role within higher education. The self-designed major aligned perfectly with those goals.

What support did you receive from our advisors and/or instructors in planning your major?

Christina Kline was a rock star and the only reason I achieved my goal of graduating from UWS in the summer of 2019. My other advisor, Dr. Hilary Fezzey, was on a research sabbatical my senior spring semester, but was always extremely helpful along the way, as was Kristen Jasperson, my temporary advisor. Christina met with me multiple times and we were able to satisfy all the requirements I needed to graduate. I received my diploma after the summer semester so I could complete the McNair Scholars Program and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Overall, what was your experience like at UWS?

My experience at UW-Superior was wonderful! I may have been an aberration with the amount of time I put into being involved, but I know I wouldn’t have had that opportunity had I been at a larger school.  This alone makes me want to recommend UWS to anyone, young or old, and to take advantage of all the opportunities. I was on the Mock Trial team for three years and at least six committees that included students, faculty, and staff, allowing the students’ voices to be heard. I was in the English Club, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Future Teachers Association. Being able to participate in student government first as a senator and subsequently as the student body president also might not have been possible at another school. The entire Equity Diversity and Inclusion Department was very welcoming with their events and being able to work at in the Veterans and Nontraditional Student Center enabled me to feel even more involved. My favorite experience was the opportunity to take part in summer research with the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships and the McNair Scholars Program. 

How have you used your degree since graduating?

I was able to take my self-designed major with concentrations in English language arts, education, and writing and teach overseas in China before the pandemic happened. My ability to put those three disciplines on my degree made me very attractive to recruiters. I am currently the interim coordinator for the Veterans and Nontraditional Students Center at UW-Superior.

What are your future career goals?

I love higher education and the energy found around a campus setting. There is always the possibility to go back overseas as well. Wherever I end up, I want to get involved in the community or campus where I am working. I learned through my involvement as a student at UWS how rewarding it is to be involved and that relationships cultivated can be lifelong.