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UW-Stout success story features graduate from Boyceville

MENOMONIE — The careers of 1,311 students were launched in early May during commencement ceremonies at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to receiving their diplomas, several graduates discussed their campus experiences and where they’re headed next.

One student who was featured was Marlee Redmann of Boyceville. Marlee’s majors were B.S. game design and development and B.S. applied mathematics and computer sciences. Here are her answers:

Why did you choose UW-Stout? I was unsure of my career path but loved video games and technology, so I looked for a college that offered a game design degree. I was extremely happy to discover UW-Stout offered this degree. Unlike many of my friends who wanted to go elsewhere after high school, I was more than happy to stay in Menomonie and earn my degree. Because I so enjoyed programming, I decided to add a second degree my sophomore year, applied mathematics and computer science with a concentration in software development.

What are the biggest challenges you faced in getting your degree? I think the biggest challenge I faced was working in teams. Each person has a different work ethic and a different skill set. Learning how to work with each type of person was challenging, but each class that required me to do so gave me a better understanding of how to work with others. My senior capstone relied heavily on teamwork. After getting to know my team, working together went quite smoothly.

What stands out about your college experience? All the opportunities I was offered stand out the most. In coming to college I just wanted to be a good student and graduate with good grades. I didn’t expect that I would get recognized for it. I felt such encouragement from professors throughout the years, and some of them gave me amazing opportunities, such as the chance to sit on the game design and development advisory board and a job as a supplemental instructor.

What’s next? My next step is getting married to my wonderful fiancé, Jacob Hoagland, on May 16th of this year! We plan on moving to Merrill, Wisconsin, and I will be starting at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Wausau as a software developer.

For additional graduate stories, go to https://t.e2ma.net/webview/55t5l/54b948081faaf16fa1fdf51897377beb