Three Who Did It In Four

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Fall 2015

Aimee Lace - High Achiever

As a high-performing high school student in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Aimee Lace (B.A. ’14) probably could have excelled at any of the 10 schools to which she applied. But the combination of course offerings, flexibility, and financial aid in the University’s Honors Program made her decision a no-brainer. “It offered great access to professors, small class sizes, and research opportunities,” she says. “It had the same things that I really liked in more expensive, top-ranked private universities.”

Lace engineered a schedule that allowed her to double-major in psychology and global studies with a minor in Spanish, study abroad twice, take part in the Christian student group Campus Outreach, and intern for the Office of Admissions.

The biggest help, she says, came from both in-person and online advising. She did her research, plotted out her calendar, and checked in frequently with her advisers.

And extra sections of the most common prerequisite courses helped ensure that she was always able to take the courses she needed at exactly the right time.

These days, Lace lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she is a program assistant for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Her team helps coordinate training activities on topics like sustainable urban development.

For Lace, the U’s commitment to giving her every advantage to graduate efficiently and succeed in her pursuits was what made the difference. “They didn’t just permit me to pursue different majors,” she says. “They worked alongside me to connect them and channel them into my academic, and occupational, path.”


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