I am forever thankful for my time spent at the University of Minnesota Crookston and within the University of Minnesota system of schools. My decision to attend UMC was based on the numerous opportunities within the school as well as a close-knit community of students, faculty and staff that wanted the success of every individual student that walked through its doors.     

    My advisors took time to know my name, my background and what I wanted my future to look like.  How many students can boast that their professors or advisors knew in-depth facts about how to help you succeed in your present academic path and future career endeavors?

    I played volleyball at UMC, and being a student athlete was a joyous hardship that I will always look back on with fond memories. Despite a hectic academic and athletic schedule, I had the opportunity to carry out undergraduate research and work closely with professors within my major.

    I worked in multiple spaces, including both Dowell Hall and Owen Hall—both of which are included in the University’s legislative request this year. These spaces are in very high demand, there is a constant conflict for storage, organization and counter space. Both lab areas are at their capacity and are in need of updating to be competitive with other university programs. Although professors carrying out research work cohesively with one another to make the limited space effective and create a memorable experience for undergraduates, the renovation of these labs would make the science programs at UMC that much more desirable for incoming students. They would have an even better experience than my own.

    My greatest desire for the future students of the University of Minnesota Crookston to know how much effort this university puts in daily for student success. I can testify that every member of the faculty and staff genuinely put students first. My time as an undergraduate researcher within the Math, Science and Technology Department is a testament to this.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston needs state funding to update their current and future lab spaces for the benefit of their students first, and all else to follow.

Maggie Perrel
A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Crookston