Connecting and Networking with Maria

Segment #8 from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


UW-Stevens Point helps students become career-ready by strengthening in-demand skills and creating professional development opportunities in the region and beyond. Let’s hear from Maria, a junior business administration major from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. She interns for the Century School of Business and Economics and plans over 300 plus professional events a year. Unbelievable. Let’s find out what makes Maria Pointer proud.

– Thanks, Alex. Hi everyone. At first I thought I wanted to be different than the two generations before me who went to UW-Stevens Point. However, I quickly realized that UWSP was just as much my home as it was for my parents and grandparents. Yes, indeed, I am a proud third-generation Pointer. Coming to UWSP as a transfer student, my goal was to involve myself not only in campus life, but also my academics. The business school is where I spend most of my time. I am the treasurer of Women in Business and the outreach coordinator for the Arts Management Association, two new and growing clubs at UW-Stevens Point. As a professional events intern at the accredited Sentry School of Business and Economics, I spend my time between classes at the Anderson Classroom to Career Center, planning and running over 300 professional business events, geared towards students. I can help my peers get involved in leadership positions and develop their critical thinking and communication skills necessary to thrive. Some even intern with Fortune 1,000 companies. One of our major events is the Internship Expo where students show off their hard work at the businesses and organizations they worked for over the semester or summer. I also have received the Business Advisory Council Scholarship, one of the many scholarships available at UW-Stevens Point to help fund my education. I am also involved in my sorority and hold the reigning title of Miss Wisconsin Rapids. My schedule is always full and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My journey didn’t start like everyone else’s, but UWSP made it easy to become a Pointer, so in true Pointer fashion, roll dogs. Back to you, Alex.

– Great job, Maria. An Entrepreneurship Center and Center for Women’s Equity and Development Leadership will soon benefit all students at UWSP. The sky’s the limit on ways a student can network and connect with future employers. Thank you for sharing your amazing story. Cheers to your Pointer parents and grandparents too.

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