Class of 2020 Parting Words
Congratulations graduates! Your time at UNC was well spent and the memories and connections you made here will help carry you forward for the road ahead.
As you plan for what's next, remain connected to UNC through a global network of bear alumni.
Andrea Lopez TzunStudied:
Human Services with a minor in SpanishFrom:
I was born and raised in Central America, Guatemala, in March 2011 I came to the United States with my family for a better life.UNC Scholarships Received:
Shirley Meakins Memorial Award recipientFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory from UNC was being part of the running club for 5 semesters. I enjoyed every single moment that I spent with the team. I also was so lucky to meet new friends from the club.Advice:
The advice I would give to the future Bears is to never quit. Whatever challenge you face, just seek for support because UNC has the greatest support for a student who is willing to seek. Never feel embarrassed to ask questions even though many people know the answer. Learn how to overcome challenges because it can lead you to successMost Proud Of:
One of the best achievements that I am most proud of is earning my degree in Human Services. This is what I am most proud of because I am the first of my family earning a degree. My parents didn’t have the opportunity to attend due to the lack of social economy, so this degree goes to them because they deserve it for supporting me. Also, I am proud of being nominated as a “Student Employee of the Year” by my internship supervisor.Best Wishes:
I wish they’ find peace after the COVID-19, I know it is hard, especially for us who graduated this spring. I wish they’ll find the greatest adventures out there in their field.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
What I can say! UNC has a special place in my heart, I enjoyed every moment while I was going to school. UNC was my second home even though I live close to home. My first semester was challenging for me because I am a first-generation college student and didn’t know what I was doing. However, I am thankful that I met great professors, supervisors, peers, and friends who supported me through my college career.×
Theatre Arts with an Acting EmphasisFrom:
Houston, TXUNC Scholarships Received:
David and Dawn Grapes School of Theatre Arts & Dance Director’s Award recipientFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory from my time at UNC is when my theatre classmates, a professor and I went on the bi-annual "Shakespeare's London" trip. We explored London and Stratford-Upon-Avon together for two weeks. It was a once in a lifetime experience I will cherish forever.Advice:
Everyone at UNC wants you to succeed! Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it, or to reach out to those who might need your support. Most Proud Of: I am a proud Summa Cum Laude graduate from the Honors Program. I am also proud to have studied and performed abroad throughout my time at UNC.Best Wishes:
"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert EinsteinWhat makes being a bear meaningful for you?
Being a UNC Bear is special to me because it is here where I discovered myself and my passions. I made lifelong connections within this community.Thanks to:
I would like to thank my parents. They gave me strength and encouragement when I felt like I had none, and have always supported and believed in me and my endeavors. I am eternally grateful for them, their love, and their sacrifices.×
Spanish K-12 EducationFrom:
Parker, ColoradoFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory is hanging out with my friends and walking through the beautiful Central Campus. We talked about our futures and how much we loved this campus.Advice:
Talk with your professors and don't be afraid to make new friends and to talk to new people.Most Proud Of:
"World Language Spanish Teacher Award& Summa Cum Laude honors"Best Wishes:
I would like to wish everyone good luck in their endeavors and remind them that we are resilient.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
Being a bear means I am part of a big family at UNCThanks to:
I would like to thank Dr. John Ryan for helping me to achieve my dreams of becoming a Spanish teacher and Aleena Griffin for being a wonderful mentor and person to me.×
Ecology & Evolutionary BiologyFrom:
Denver, COFavorite Memory:
Well it’s hard to say. I’ve had so many. I guess my favorite would be during my freshman year, I was having a study session in Harrison Hall’s kitchen with my college squad before most of them left the campus. It was a great time because we were all together, and we’d also get together at the dining hall every other night and during the holidays too.Advice:
Always do your best, but don’t feel like you have to try too hard. Relax, have fun, and get to know people outside of school too. Having connections can be a big help, especially when looking for jobs. Speaking of jobs, apply for as many internships related to your major as you can and gain experience in your field. Be respectful to your professors, no matter how “peculiar” they may be sometimes. At the end of the day, everything will be alright. There’s a motto I’ve learned from one of my college directors back in Junior year of high school: know who you are, know what you can control, and control what matters.Most Proud Of:
To be honest, I would say that what I’m most proud of is how independent I’ve become. While there are still things that I need to learn, I was able to adjust to college life quickly, and now that I’ve completed my degree, I have full confidence in my abilities to have a great career.Best Wishes:
While many of us didn’t know each other, considering there were thousands of us, I’m happy that I’ve gotten the chance to get to know and have classes with a lot of you. I consider you all my friends, and for those who I already knew going into college, I’ll always be looking out for you too as usual. Be safe and be happy, and hopefully we can all see each other again soon.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
Well, it’s funny. Originally I wanted to go to CSU Fort Collins, but after being accepted to UNC and getting used to the area, I really came to love the school. I’ve made many friends at UNC, and during my time there I got to explore other neighboring cities. Plus, the food was incredible too. So, being a UNC Bear is special to me because it represents the kind of community we have. That community being friendly, diverse, and always evolving.Thanks to:
I would like to thank both Dr. Judy Leatherman and Dr. Frank Skufca for helping me make my class schedule every year. Together we planned out all the classes I would take throughout the rest of my college career, and this was during my freshman year. This helped make registration a lot easier because I already knew what I was going to take. Some classes had to be switched around of course and there were some I had to substitute in, but overall this strategy allowed me to finish school in 4 years.×
San Antonio, TXFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory from my time at UNC is participating in Homecoming Week.Advice:
Try something out of your comfort zone!Most Proud Of:
An achievement I am proud of being a part of while at UNC is finding internships that helped me learn and grow.Best Wishes:
I wish you nothing but the best!What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
UNC is special to me because it is where I proved to myself that I will be ok on my own. Being an out of state student can be scary especially when you don't know anyone. I was able to find my place in a sorority which soon became my home away from home. UNC's Human Services program allowed me to discover my passion for helping others.Thanks to:
I want to thank my parents for giving me their full support in anything I want to do. I also want to thank my sorority for being so welcoming at a time when I felt lost and I wasn't sure if I even wanted to stay at UNC. It is because of their kindness and inclusion that I chose to stay.×
History Bachelor's with an emphasis in Secondary EducationFrom:
Paonia, ColoradoFavorite Memory:
Playing in the Pride of the Rockies Marching Band. I'm really gonna miss those people!Advice:
Don't take that 8 am.Most Proud Of:
I graduated as a first gen student.Best Wishes:
Hopefully next year won't be so rough.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
I've made a lot of close friends here, and found a family away from home.Thanks to:
My friends and family for being there when I needed them.×
Kalamazoo, MIFavorite Memory:
I met a few wonderful people in a class group project. Two live in CO, one in VA and one in SC. (I'm in MI). This was two years ago, and we all still talk by text, and plan on meeting each other in person someday soon. I didn't plan on making friends in a distance program!Advice:
You'll experience both victory and defeat. You'll be tired and frustrated at times, never seeing the end. Lean on your friends and keep your dream out in front of you at all times. Discipline and courage to try again will see you through.Most Proud Of:
I managed to keep my full time job this whole time, received good grades, and got an internship.Best Wishes:
This isn't the only challenge we will face - there will be more in the future. A lot is not under our control. We are uniquely prepared to face future challenges because we are the dangerous combination of resilient, flexible, and stubborn. Our ability to adapt and win is a lesson we will carry the rest of our lives.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
I couldn't quit my full time day job, and the college showed me a path to get a new degree and change careers, all while keeping my day job so I could pay tuition. Guidance and responsiveness from my professors and academic counselor were invaluable. I am here because of their efforts and others - this was a truly remarkable program and I am honored to have been a part of it.Thanks to:
Academic advisor and faculty member Lisa Caldwell, who responds to panic emails with grace and patience. Faculty member Dr Jaime Erskine, who prepared us well for the internship process. Faculty member Michelle McDermott, who forced me to learn how to cook and accidentally introduced me to my distance friends. The RD who got me curious about this path, Viven McCurdy, and numerous friends and family who encouraged me.×
Double Major in Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality and Applied MathematicsFrom:
San Francisco, CAUNC Scholarships Received:
Jill Shelton Braden Memorial Scholarship recipient, Jules S. & Obera Doubenmier Scholarship in Recreation recipientFavorite Memory:
Spending hours playing ping pong in Harrison Hall freshman year.Advice:
Go out of your comfort zone to meet new friends because those will be the ones that will last the longest.Most Proud Of:
Making it to Nationals in Austin, Texas for club soccer, winning intramurals, and being nominated for the NHS Academic Scholar Award.Best Wishes:
Keep your head up and pursue your dreams!What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
I was able to meet the most amazing people through intramural and club sports that I will stay friends with always.Thanks to:
I want to thank my parents for making this experience possible and my closest friends who kept me motivated.×
Sports and Exercise ScienceFrom:
Inver Grove Heights, MinnesotaFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory from my time at UNC was helping the Women's Basketball team win the Big Sky Regular Season Champions and Tournament. We were able to make it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.Most Proud Of:
I am proud of how hard I have worked in the classroom and on the basketball court. It is hard to be a student-athlete at this level but I was able to overcome many obstacles and succeed. I am proud that I was able to graduate with a 3.98 GPA while putting in countless hours into practice and games.Thanks to:
I would like to thank the professors for all their support and flexible with me as a student-athlete and for the love of teaching that you provided each day. I would like to thank all the sports admin staff for their encouragement in our sports and allowing us to succeed once our careers are over. I want to thank all my coaches for the belief in me to perform at the college level and all that you have done to help me grow as a player but most importantly as a person.×
Nutrition with a minor in psychologyFrom:
Caslte rock, COFavorite Memory:
Being an RA in Harrison and forming great relationships and friendships with the freshman!Advice:
Don’t let the pandemic change your mind about why you are at school. You are here for a reason, don’t let anyone or anything bring you down.Most Proud Of:
Being an RA to help the class of 2023.Best Wishes:
You all did amazing, and I wish the best for you!What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
"I became the person I am today, because of UNC. I have met so many amazing people who have shown me love and kindness. The relationships that I have made with my professors I will cherish. My friends I have made at school will be with me forever. Thanks UNC for the best four years of my life! #GO BEARS"Thanks to:
"Alena Clark. She made me realize that majoring in nutrition was the best path for me, believing in me, and supporting my goals."×
Ashley Amaro MartinezStudied:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Mexican American Studies with a concentration in Social Justice & Public Policy. Minor in Multicultural AnthropologyFrom:
Denver, ColoradoUNC Scholarships Received:
Earl B. and Edna L. Kusma Wood Family Scholarship Incentive recipientFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory from my time at UNC would have to be any cultural events on campus put on by clubs and organizations. Not only did these events make me feel welcomed but I made beautiful friendships.Advice:
"Self care and mental well-being is just as important as physical well-being. You matter and know you are making so many people proud by continuing your education."Most Proud Of:
An achievement I am proud of is graduating as a first generation student and for getting out of my shell and joining organizations such as MAS Society or Student Senate.Best Wishes:
No one can take our education from us.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
Being a bear is special to me because it goes beyond the classroom. To be a bear means you have another family. I have received so much love and support from amazing individuals. Who go above and beyond to make sure students are able to achieve whatever they have set their mind on. To be a bear means being there for one another during the good and bad times. To be involved in our community and putting in work to advocate for social justice issues.Thanks to:
"I would like to thank my amazing family for their unconditional love and support. Whenever I felt like I wasn’t capable of something they reminded me that I am. I am proud to be part of a hard working family. I would also like to thank my organization! Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. These beautiful and empowered women have helped me in more ways than I can count. From making sure I’m okay emotionally/physically/mentally to creating great memories like going on trips together. Lastly, thank you to all of the cultural centers, folks from the MAS Office, for being a great support system."×
My favorite times at UNC were the times I spent with my friends at my on campus Bible study.Advice:
Pay attention to the clock. It catches up to you faster than it should.Best Wishes:
Wherever you go, and whatever you end up doing, keep your eyes on your goals and do not stop.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
I was able to study in quiet, with a supportive community of friends around me, and teachers who were there to offer support.Thanks to:
I would like to thank my professors who were always there to offer advice and answer questions, and my friends who made the long hours studying more tollerable.×
English: Secondary EducationFrom:
Greeley, CO and RussiaUNC Scholarships Received:
Weld Country State and PERA Future Teachers Scholar, Esther Abell Denton Scholarship recipient, Frosty and Cynthia Frease English Scholarship recipientFavorite Memory:
Playing Ultimate Frisbee with my friends has always been fun and a great stress-reliever.Advice:
There will be times when everything hurts a lot. Don't be afraid to share that with others who can support you.Most Proud Of:
I have been one of the leaders at Christian Challenge, which has taught me how to serve others with joy.Best Wishes:
Keep going! The change ahead of us will feel weird, and we might feel uncomfortable for a while. However, we have come way too far to stop now. Also, don't let go of community. Caring for others and being cared for is one of the greatest things in life.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
Being a bear is meaningful to me because I know that I am a part of a great community with people that will always stand by each other.Thanks to:
I have been part of Christian Challenge, a campus ministry. They have always been there for me, and I know that everyone there cares about me.×
Arvada, COFavorite Memory:
Some of my favorite memories at UNC come from my time in Greek Life as a member of Sigma Kappa. Through leadership opportunities I was able to live in the chapter house which made me feel connected to other girls in the sorority, the Greek Life community, and to the university. We spent many nights watching movies or trashy reality TV shows in the house with lots of snacks and lots of laughs. These are some of my most cherished memories from my time at UNC.Advice:
I encourage future bears to take every opportunity that they can to be involved on campus. Jump head first into any club, social group, sports team, religious organization, honors society, or leadership position because your time in college is so limited, and you only have one chance to be a part of campus life!Most Proud Of:
I am proud of myself for getting into the nursing program, and I am proud of our chapter of Sigma Kappa and the executive council that I was apart of for receiving three stars, a high honor from our national office.Best Wishes:
I hope that the class of 2020 remembers how much they love what they have decided to do. All of our plans surrounding our final months in college and our graduation were totally derailed, but we persevered, and we made it! I hope that this time has solidified our passions for using our education to change the world for the better. And, I believe that we will always be connected by this crazy, unprecedented time that we endured together!What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
The university's school of nursing is highly esteemed in Colorado and in the nursing community. It makes me incredibly proud that I was able to get in to the program and to see it to completion. Being a UNC bear and graduating from the nursing program here, I know that I will be successful in finding a job that I'm truly passionate about and will be able to make a difference in the community through the impact I will have on the lives of each of my patients.Thanks to:
I would like to thank the women of Sigma Kappa for supporting me through my successes and helping me work through the hard times. I would also like to thank the members of my nursing school cohort, the May 2020 graduating cohort, for pushing me to be my best, helping me figure out what we were supposed to be doing, and sharing lots of jokes that helped me get through the tough days of nursing school!×
Bachelor in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Minor in PsychologyFrom:
Greeley ColoradoFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory is my freshman and just being in a new environment and meeting new people. I always loved how diverse UNC is and learning all these places people come from because I was born and raised in Greeley so it was always cool to me to meet people that came from different states and asking why they decided to come to UNC.Advice:
For all future Bears never be afraid to take chances and risks. Get involved as much as you can and make as many memories as possible. Try something new! I wish you all the best of luck and keep pursuing all your dream and goals! And always make sure to have a great support system as college can get tough and stressful but it will all be worth it in the end!Most Proud Of:
I am proud of all my achievements. I am more specifically proud of graduating a year early. I sacrificed all the school breaks by taking classes all because I was very determined to graduate a year early. Although I am upset about the graduation ceremony being canceled because It was what I looked forward to the past 3 years and worked so hard for I am still proud of myself for being an overachiever and I know it will all pay off in the end.Best Wishes:
I wish everyone well. I know many are suffering and are as well upset about the graduation ceremony. We are all in this together and I hope you all continue to do amazing things and continue to pursue your dreams and goals. I hope to see you all in December where we can finally celebrate the day we have been working so hard for and be surrounded by all the people that have supported us through this journey!What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
UNC and being a bear is meaningful and special to me because my mom decided to go back to school and graduated from UNC in 2015 and received her degree in the same area as I am. My mom has always been someone I looked up to and being able to follow in her footsteps means alot to me.Thanks to:
I would like to thank all the professors I had and all the stuff at UNC. Especially with everything going on with COVID-19 all the staff at UNC has been super supportive and making sure to help in any way possible for all of us student especially with having to transition to online classes.×
Mathematics (Emphasis in secondary education)From:
Greeley, COUNC Scholarships Received:
Classified Staff Council Dependent Scholarship recipient, UNC Foundation/Alumni Shares Scholarship recipient, Carena Lee Jex Scholarship recipient, Milne Scholarship recipientFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory has been working on campus (in the math department and Housing and Residential Education).Advice:
Get involved in as many ways as possible, take LAC's that interest you, and introduce yourself to professors on the first day.Most Proud Of:
I am proud of receiving many scholarships at UNC.Best Wishes:
Even though the last semester did not end how we wanted, remember that we have worked so hard the past few years.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
UNC has a wonderful teacher education program as well as wonderful staff. All of the staff members that I have interacted with, have been helpful, caring, supportive and always go above and beyond.Thanks to:
I would like to thank Avis Werdel, Diana Moore, Keyleigh Gurney, the Milne Scholarship and Drew Lail. They provided support and opportunities that lead to my success at UNC.×
To the Summer 2018 Nursing Cohort..... Congrats!!!! We came a long ways from first semester of nursing school. Now it’s time to go out there and be nurses! Good luck!×
Holly A. HersonStudied:
Milliken, ColoradoFavorite Memory:
Walking up to the buildings and remembering where everything was even though 12 years had passed since I had a tour of the campus!Advice:
Never give up... the only time you fail is if you chose to stop trying. Learn and appreciate every experience and you will grow from it.Most Proud Of:
Maintaining a great GPA and graduating in the time-frame that I gave myself while living my life, my wife and I having our son, and running for political office. It has been an amazing few years!Best Wishes:
Just because you have completed this stage of your education does not mean you are done! Do not be afraid to come back... I did after 12 years to make a change in my life and I am so glad that I did!What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
I went to UNC in 2005 for the first time, returned to college in 2015 at Front Range, and decided to return for my bachelor's at UNC in 2017. I am so glad that I did! Being a non-traditional student has allowed me to connect and build relationships with professors and fellow students on a different level in my 30s than I did when I was a teenager and in college for the first time. My professional experience and educational experiences will change the course of my life from now on. I am so thankful to everyone at UNC.Thanks to:
Dr. Williams, he has been an amazing professor and a great advisor. His advice for which classes to chose and how to structure my schedule around my career, the birth of my son, and my political campaign has been essential to my success. His encouragement and his classes have been integral to my future working in politics.×
Anthropology and Criminology//AFS minorFrom:
Westminster, COUNC Scholarships Received:
Elizabeth and John S. Welling Scholarship recipient, Department of Anthropology Distinguished Student Scholarship recipientFavorite Memory:
A favorite memory of mine was being an orientation leader and getting to meet hundreds of new bears. I always made my students recreate viral videos with me and they were absolutely hilarious. Another favorite memory of mine was participating in Relay for Life my first year, there were so many people and me and my friends stayed up all night, and to ice the cake my honor fraternity won “most money raised by a fraternity”. It was a super proud moment and a rewarding night all around!Advice:
To the future bears, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Try new things, step out of your comfort zone, try everything once so there’s no regrets. Also it’s okay to have school spirit and go nuts at games, it’s so fun! Don’t be afraid to make and lose new friends, that’s life... things can get hard but you can push through. Everything happens for a reason.Most Proud Of:
"When I was in my first year I threw caution to the wind and took upper level courses which was a little uncommon. I took one class, medical anthropology, and it was one of the best decisions I made. We conducted a semester-long research project at local healthcare facilities. I got to be a part of the 5 students conducting the focus group. It was such a new and unique experience. Then my class got to present on research day which was really nerve wracking but amazing. I still have my certificate of being a research day presenter. It was such a phenomenal experience. Other achievements, in my honor fraternity Phi sigma Pi I was elected the national delegate and got to go and represent our UNC chapter in Arizona. I met people from all across the US and got to participate in grand chapter voting. Truly a once in a lifetime experience."Best Wishes:
Congrats fellow seniors! No other generation (hopefully) can say they graduated from university during a global pandemic. Our class is one for the history books. Be proud of your accomplishments, WE DID IT! Go bears !What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
As cliche as it sounds, there’s so many opportunities throughout UNC and Greeley. I’ve met lifelong friends, gotten amazing experiences like internships and snowboarding for the first time, I’ve greatly developed my leadership skills... UNC has given me a home. I’ve joined multiple clubs and student orgs that pushed me to be my best. I’ve gotten to have fun and embarrass myself onstage for Bearsync. I became an intramural volleyball champ. I’ve had professional development thru my majors and my on-campus jobs. Central campus kind of has Hogwarts vibes and it makes sense because UNC is magical.Thanks to:
The staff of the Dean of Students office. My first on-campus job and my last. That staff was there for me during some of the hardest moments I’ve ever faced. It wasn’t just a job, everyone was family. They were they if I needed school or life advice. They always made the student staff feel heard and appreciated. I love them all and am so grateful to have gotten that job. Both the anthropology and criminology departments. The professors and advisors I’ve had really made me feel special and they continually supported me- in my research or in personal/professional endeavors. Two professors specifically Mike Kimball (ANT) and Brian Smith (CRJ) both had their own unique characteristics— for me personally they were there with me thru anything and truly pushed me to my limits and to be the best student I could be. I’m thankful for them both being supreme professors that truly go above and beyond for students. They both inspired me to set my goals high and gave me courage to know that I CAN do it.×
Green Mountain, ColoradoUNC Scholarships Awarded:
Veterans Scholarship recipientFavorite Memory:
There are too many to list, but most of the lectures in the Political Science Department were always awesome and fun as well as educational. The most fun was the sharing of jokes and humor we had in class.Advice:
Take it to the limit!Most Proud Of:
Just learning a new way of thinking and getting my BA degree a major milestone in my life.Best Wishes:
Even when it seems tough, keep going never stop, never give up, here is where you set the precedent for the rest of your life.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
I loved the faculty and their unique style and awesome lectures, small classroom sizes, and great comradery. The diversity and everyone's willingness to be excepting of you even though you are different. Being a veteran the UNC Veterans were awesome in having the support I needed.Thanks to:
The whole Political Science department, the Veterans, and the awesome people I met here.×
Psychology and Double Minor in Sociology and AnthropologyFrom:
I was born in Congo DRC but I know live in ColoradoFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory from the UNC was working at the employer Fairs and events changed my life. Job, internship and graduation school fair was my favorite memory ever. Also, The Center for Human Enrichment Program Helped me to create a positive environment.Advice:
Future bears, I am super excited for you all. Don’t be afraid to ask any question when you need help be free to ask anything UNC bears is a family. All staff and faculty dedicated wholeheartedly to our personal and academic success. Anytime when you have questions m, concerns, confusion, or frustration you needs to vent, The Bears is a resources for all of you needs. Good luck future bears.Most Proud Of:
I am proud of the person I am today. I have definitely grown as a person. My internship at the Lutheran Family services was my biggest achievement and I am glad I have learned from it.Best Wishes:
Great results come from hard work And Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, The will walk and not be faint -Isaiah 40:31What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
As a UNC student and Career Resources Ambassador, It has been joy and privilege to get to know many students Faculty and UNC staff. Being a full time students and spend a lot time on campus created so many opportunities to understand the meaning of education and family. Bears is my second family and I will always remember that.Thanks to:
So many incredibly influential people at UNC. I would like to take this moment to appreciated and thanks to all Staff at the Center of Career Readiness and CHE program. Thanks Crystal Smith Associate Director for helping me with my job search. I would like to thanks Norma Juarez Assistant Director of Alumni for always be there for me since I start going to UNC. It is with great pressure to thanks Dr. Marian Hamilton for always be there for me since day one. I enjoyed every minute of her lecture as well as her marvelous senses of humor. Dr. Hamilton is incredible and generous Professor, she have been a mentor to me since I started my classes at UNC. She always challenge me to push further and to learn more than I thought I could. I would like to thanks Dr. Dunn. I truly appreciated Thom Dunn professor of Psychological Sciences. All these amazing people inspiring me to plan for my future goal and become a better student during my school years.×
Sheridan, WYUNC Scholarships Awarded:
Becky Gilbert Little Theatre of the Rockies scholar, UCHealth Scholarship recipientFavorite Memory:
I don't necessarily have a favorite single memory, but whenever I was with friends in the dorms, in class, in extracurriculars those where the best times that I will cherish forever.Advice:
Take advantage of all that UNC has to offer and get involved. It is the best way to meet friends and get the most out of your college experience.Most Proud Of:
I am most proud of being a first generation student. Just the fact that I came to college and graduate. I am also most proud of being a founding member of Northern Lights A Capella which allowed me and many women a chance to express ourselves musically.Best Wishes:
I mostly wish that we all succeed in our future endeavors. We are being sent out into this world in a time of uncertainty, but I know that our futures are bright.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
UNC is special to me because it gave me the resources and opportunities I needed to discover what career path I wanted to follow and how to do so.Thanks to:
I would like to thank the School of Theatre Arts and Dance faculty, especially Dr. Rand Harmon and Shelly Gaza, because they allowed me to explore myself creatively while providing me the professional opportunities I needed to succeed in my field of study.×
Psychology and Economics minor in businessFrom:
Pueblo COUNC Scholarships Awarded:
Finley-Ledall ScholarFavorite Memory:
The copepods, no one can ever forget the copepods.Advice:
Take a variety of LAC classes, don't just "double dip" to get credits faster. Expose yourself to as many subjects and experiences as you can because you will truly only regret the things you did NOT do.Best Wishes:
No other generation has this same experience but we are in it together and we are stronger than ever.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
UNC was a breath of fresh air and a new start to me, the environment has always been welcoming and the people have been a blast. The many woes of Harrison Hall will make great stories for down the road. Nooks in the library, constant runs to the coffee corners and of course the UNC meme page have been some key parts of my life the last 4 years. I've cycled through a few friendships and made some new friends that will stay with me beyond these years.Thanks to:
Mark Eiseworth for being the reason I found economics, Professor David Aske for being the reason I fell in love with economics, the amazing Lisa Woody for showing me the world of health psychology and guiding me through tough choices, Jun Park for helping create the nerdy but ever loved economics book club, Professor Vish Iyer for teaching me immense life lessons and to always ask why, Rosann Ross for being the most insightful and kind person who showed me everything there is about being a licensed counselor, Chris McMahan for guiding me in the real world of economics and linking me with an invaluable resource in the career I want to pursue, Kyle Mathes and the HR staff that taught me so much and made me feel valued and proud, and of course my fellow Harrison Hall staff for putting up with me and being a resource for everything and anything.×
MA Sports CoachingFrom:
Williamsburg, IAFavorite Memory:
Working in the weight room with Coach Butler and learn from one of the best guys in the businessAdvice:
Enjoy the little thingsMost Proud Of:
Being able to help the athletes in the weight roomWhat makes being a bear meaningful for you?
UNC gave me the opportunity to take the next step in moving to a new state and recreating myself to be an even better person reach new heightsThanks to:
I want to thank Scott Douglas for giving me the opportunity and beat all odds and come into a great program and show him I could make it through this program!×
Grand JunctionFavorite Memory:
Studying in the green spaces with the sun and the grass all aroundAdvice:
Invest in your professors and make class buddies, they'll be the ones to help you through unsuspected rough patches.Most Proud Of:
Completing my Honors Thesis!Best Wishes:
Finish strong, Bears, and on to the next adventureWhat makes being a bear meaningful for you?
"I grew up and learned how I can be myself while fulfilling my roles. I found my passion and met some people who share it and some others who are passionate about other amazing things. I joined a student organization and found my voice and a lot of friends along the way. I found compassion and fellowship in unsuspecting places. I found some things I'm good at and others that deserve some investment to get there. And certainly not least, I met my soon to be husband here!"Thanks to:
All of my professors from my department for getting to know students and being so helpful in academic endeavors and personal ones×
Greeley, ColoradoUNC Scholarships Awarded:
Classified Staff Council Dependent Scholarship recipientFavorite Memory:
David Aske, explaining his cost-benefit analysis of his children and that the first born is always loved more than the second child, and me having gone to middle school with his children made it really funny.Advice:
The price you pay for education is measured in the doors it opens up for you, and of course a bit of debt. But its worth it.Most Proud Of:
Being an immigrant to the United States and graduating in three years from a fabulous political science and economics department here at UNC.Best Wishes:
The class of 2020 is resilient, innovative, and flexible. This has been a tumultuous time in our lives, but we need to remember the struggles we are facing today, the questions we have about tomorrow can be answered by us. This time is unprecedented and in unprecedented times, new ideas are formed, action is taken, and struggle becomes inspiration for change. I believe the class of 2020, from every high school, college, university, and trade school, need to remember, there is going to be a lot of opportunity for greatness coming out of the dark.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
Getting to stay in Greeley and at the school my mother is a professor at really gave me a sense of comfort, however, UNC also gave me so many opportunities like an internship in China, and being a part of the Honors Program that I might not have had at a bigger, university.Thanks to:
I would like to thank Professor Brook Blair, because he gave me a reality check about what I should do after my undergraduate degree.×
Grand Junction, ColoradoUNC Scholarships Awarded:
Reisher Family Scholar, Nicketti and “Trader” Hughes Scholarship recipient, Courage to Excel Scholar, Colorado Multitribal Scholarship at UNC recipient, Honors, Scholars, and Leadership Award recipientFavorite Memory:
One of my favorite memories at UNC was the summer I worked as LeadOn counselor. Summers on campus are muggy, glaringly bright, and brutal for allergy-sufferers like me. When at camp, you're almost always sweaty, thirsty, and battling shin splints from all the uphill, backwards walking you do when giving campus tours. But like most things at UNC, I’ve found that you get out what you put into it. I performed all the chants with gusto, played every field game with zeal, and took advantage of every opportunity to give my campers the best start possible to their time on campus. I still keep in touch with some of my campers today, and the fun I had alongside incoming and returning Bears will stick with me long past graduation.Advice:
Enjoy your time while it is here. Take advantage of what comes your way, and don’t be afraid to politely say “no” when you’re juggling 2 jobs, an internship, and 15 credits already. Be brave enough to choose your future, and not settle for what you think will make other people happy. You’ll live the good days and the bad days, the snow days and the sunshine, the weeks of eating solely ramen and sleeping through your alarm. Do college on your terms, and remember there are hundreds of thousands of us excited to reach back and help you through whatever doors you knock on. Go Bears!Most Proud Of:
One of my proudest moments at UNC was during the spring of my junior year during my first campaign for student trustee. I sat down one evening at a cultural center with a group of graduating seniors. After our conversation, they told me they had not participated in elections in their entire four year career, but our short interaction made the difference and they were going to vote this year. I was so glad students felt welcome, included, and moved to engage in the electoral process. Other proud moments when I used my voice to its fullest capacity include: my speech to 1000 people the City of Greeley’s MLK march, the first time I spoke to several hundred Discover UNC students and their families, and when I introduced congresswoman Diana Degette and lieutenant governor Diana Primavera at a statewide political conference.Best Wishes:
We move into the world at a turning point in history, and I know you have everything you need within you to take the next step. Continue to lead with kindness and a willingness to do the “heart” work, because that’s the hardest work of all. Good people bring out the good in people. Be one of them.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
Last spring, I was at a retreat on campus, and when the event ended about 70 other students and I groaned when we saw that our cars had been iced over by a snowstorm. Soon the parking lot was filled with awful screeches as wipers scrubbed at thick sheets of ice. My arms were burning, my fingers were freezing, and soon we were all laughing out of the sheer absurdity of the situation. This is what it’s like to be a Bear. We weather the highs and lows together, and even though we hail from countless backgrounds, the common experiences we share bring us closer together. It brings me so much joy when I meet someone and it turns out we already know each other through a mutual friend or shared experience, and I credit UNC for opening up so many opportunities for me to connect myself to others while pursuing my dreams.Thanks to:
I live by the motto: no one accomplishes anything alone. Thank you to my first ever English professor, Dr. Bovaird-Abbo, for her patience and empathy for scared freshman like me who needed some words of encouragement and coaxing to raise their hands and get engaged in class discussion. Thank you to Derek, Mary Alice, and all of our custodial staff who keep our campus running. I had many conversations with them where we shared stories, laughed together, and I gained a greater appreciation for folks who often go unheard and unseen, but whom our campus would not be complete without. Finally, thank you to Bear alumnus and former student President Kevion Ellis who advocated for me from my first meeting as a freshman senator to this spring during my capitol internship. I know where I am going because you offered me a seat at the table, and I hope I can do the same for Bears in the future.×
Sport and Exercise ScienceFrom:
Austin, TXFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory at UNC was meeting my now girlfriend/partner at a Graduate Student Appreciation Week Social.Advice:
Ask more questions.Most Proud Of:
Publishing multiple peer-reviewed articles, producing the Bear in Mind podcast, and teaching over 13 courses while being a student.Best Wishes:
Enjoy your life and drink water.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
Being a bear is meaningful because I can be myself around others who support individuality and respect.Thanks to:
My advisor, Dr. Jennifer Krause for supporting me for four years as well as giving me the motivation and strength to pursue my aspirations.×
Ally Van DykeStudied:
Music Business, Classical VoiceFrom:
Broomfield, COFavorite Memory:
My favorite memory is getting to perform with Women's Glee Club, whether it was on our new Campus Commons stage with 80 middle school girls or with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra at the UCCC. Singing with all those talented women under direction of Dr.B was incredible!Advice:
Try things that are terrifying, push yourself to make mistakes and fail now when you have caring professors to support you through it. Appreciate the opportunities to learn and to improve as a student and as a person.Most Proud Of:
I am proud to have helped start UNC's first all-women a capella group Northern Lights as a member for the first two years.Best Wishes:
I hope we all made it through our experience with more compassion, knowledge and dedication to what we want to achieve in life, and the ability to do whatever that is. Go get em' Bears!What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
Being a UNC bear felt like a right of passage for me. MY mother got both of her degrees for teaching at UNC, and many of my other family members were alumni too. Most importantly being a bear was a chance to learn more, while being a part of a welcoming and friendly community.Thanks to:
I'm so happy that Music Business has Dr. Sarah Off in charge of keeping everyone on track, and I'm glad I got at least one year with her. Socrates Garcia has been a big part of my success as both the professor for the entirety of the Music Tech Certificate but also as my boss in the tech lab, he has taught me a ton about music and working with people.×
English Liberal ArtsFrom:
Colorado Springs, COFavorite Memory:
I became interested in archival practices when I took a tour of the archives underneath Michener. Doing more research on it, I found that working in archives would be a fantastic job prospect, so I emailed Jay Trask, head of archives, just to ask him about what it's like to be an archivist. I just expected a quick email, but Jay went above and beyond. He first set up an in-person meeting with himself and Laura Uglean-Jackson, another archivist; then, unprompted, he offered me an internship in their archives. That internship, under the tutelage of Katie Shull, has been one of the most fun, informative times for me. And that type of attitude from Jay, willing to go so far for a student, is the kind of thing that I believe separates UNC from most other state schools. We have a supreme sense of camaraderie and student involvement that we couldn't ask more about. I have many other great stories, such as the time Dr. Andy Feinstein himself reached out to me personally in regards to some feedback I gave. Our school's president also gives me hope in our community.Advice:
Hey. Do your homework. At least in my experience, at the college level, the work is not there just to annoy you. It's there to make you a smarter, cleverer person, and it will do its job if you let it.Most Proud Of:
I was part of the Crucible literary magazine for three years. Each time we made a new edition, I could never have been more proud of the work the whole team did, and the fantastic pieces we printed. That was where I felt the most like I was part of a living history.Best Wishes:
We've all got to keep our options open, because things will happen very quickly. Also, I'm planning to return to campus within the next year to visit as many of my mentors as I can. I didn't get to say goodbye to many of them, and I feel that it's owed.What makes being a bear meaningful for you?
I never thought of college as anything more than High School version 2, until I arrived. What I found at UNC was more than I could have ever asked for. I found a gorgeous, welcoming campus. I found my best friends. I found so many hidden opportunities, from employment to internships, that I'll never forget. And let's not forget that I found the draw of education; I don't go anywhere without a book anymore.Thanks to:
"So many people, bear with me: Dr. Kristin Bovaird-Abbo. She has been a mentor to me for coming on three years now; a long time for any student. She is sharp as a tack in her subject matter, and incredibly analytical about it as well. She is very patient, while also expecting a lot, which gave me the push I need to excel. Dr. Burke Hilsabeck. I took a film class because I thought it would be fun. But what I found there was the greatest instruction about how an analytical paper should be written I've ever had. He is one of the most intelligent, well-spoken people I've ever met, and is incredibly fun to talk to because of that. Dr. Emily Golson. Every class with her has been an absolute joy, because of how uplifting and wise she is. She's even more humble than I believe she should be, because she inspires me to continue my education someday. To boot, she has been willing to advise me, even without being my academic advisor. I can't thank her enough for her advice. Lisa Zimmerman. Without whom, I would never have begun to read poetry, much less write it, and even less enjoy it. She has such a worldly spirit that is absolutely infectious, and is the best at what she does. Dr. Joseph Chaves. I only had one class with Dr. Chaves, and I bet he doesn't remember me. But, I give him lots of credit because he, shall we say, kicked my ass into gear. I believe I wasn't ready for his expectations beforehand, but without those, I would never have been ready for the rest of my college career. Tom Trelogan. Tom showed me exactly what the human mind is capable of, which is staggering in his case. He will be greatly missed. The whole archives team, especially Katie Shull. Right at the tail end of college is when I found the main vocation I want to pursue, and the archives welcomed me as one of theirs right away. It was like I had been there for years after I'd been there for two weeks. Katie is the best at making the material accessible, and is such a fun person to be around. Deborah Moors. Debbie is a wonderful supervisor, who took a chance on me. As a result, I've come out of my college career with so much of the work experience vital for someone of my major. The work was challenging, yet invigorating."×