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April 30, 2015
By Alexandra Mortallaro, media relations assistant
Hope Garrett’s hard work and dedication to her education as a business management and marketing major at Northwest Missouri State University is already paying dividends as she approaches her graduation.
Garrett, of St. Joseph, Mo., will begin her career as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, where she completed an internship in the bank system’s customer relations and support office last summer.
“I know that if I hadn’t attended Northwest I wouldn’t have had a fraction of the opportunities I’ve had available to me,” Garrett said. “Without the support of my Bearcat family, I would never have felt encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities.”
Garrett was involved heavily on the Northwest campus as an undergraduate student. She was a member of Order of Omega, Cardinal Key, Mentors over Retention and Education (MORE), Student Senate, the Homecoming Committee and the Panhellenic Council Judicial Board. She also served as a Knacktive project manager, as president of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and was selected for the 2014 Homecoming court.
“I’ll miss the family environment here,” Garrett said. “It’s almost like I’ve gotten to know everyone on campus, and I feel very accepted here. It will be a scary experience to leave my Maryville home and move on to an unfamiliar world.”
Further leaving her mark on Northwest, Garrett was named Student Employee of the Year this spring for her work as an office assistant in Northwest’s Freshman Seminar office. Garrett’s student employment supervisor and academic advisor, Allison Hoffmann, called her reliable, passionate and professional.
“She possesses excellent communication skills and is trusted to communicate important information to faculty, staff and students related to the Freshman Seminar program,” said Hoffmann, a management instructor and the director of Northwest’s Freshman Seminar program. “We often refer to her as the glue that holds the team of student employees together, and she is the type of student employee that supervisors dream about hiring.”
Garrett attributes much of her Northwest success in academics and in the workplace to helpful faculty like Hoffmann.
“She really cares about all of her advisees, students and student employees, and she really has shown me how to be an encouraging leader while making significant improvements in the program she leads,” Garrett said.
Now, as she begins her career, Garrett takes the profession-based skills she learned at Northwest to the Federal Reserve Bank.
“Northwest also taught me how to be really responsible and to take initiative on my projects,” Garrett said. “You don’t want to do just the bare minimum, you want to do the best that you can.”
Garrett says she is sad to leave the place she called home for four years and advises future Northwest students to embrace every moment.
“Find your calling here and follow that calling because it’s going to give you a ton of great experiences,” she said. “Just make your time here really enjoyable because it goes by too fast.”
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