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April 25, 2016
By Lee Volmer, media relations assistant
As a stand-out business student with a wealth of campus involvement on her résumé, Taylor Rowlett is leaving Northwest Missouri State University and launching her career with as a general analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Rowlett graduates with a double-major in business management and marketing this spring.
“It’s not exactly what I thought I would be doing when I first came to college,” Rowlett said. “But I’m so happy that I have a job and I’m excited to see where this road takes me.”
During her time at Northwest, Rowlett has taken on leadership roles as a member of Sigma Kappa, a student ambassador, a marketing and promotions intern for the Department of Athletics, and vice president of philanthropic service with the Panhellenic Council.
“I come from Lincoln, Nebraska, and I didn’t want to be like so many students that I graduated with who were going to University of Nebraska,” Rowlett said. “I loved Northwest because of the family atmosphere and opportunities to get involved. I thought it was cool how the University is really the center of the town.”
Rowlett also jumped at the chance to study abroad during the summer of 2014, participating in the Eastern Europe study abroad course led by Senior Instructor of Management Allison Hoffmann. Students visited three countries during the course of two and a half weeks. The destinations included Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; and Budapest, Hungary.
“It wasn’t like we were just sitting in a classroom all day,” Rowlett said. “We actually visited American businesses that have European headquarters in those three regions. We also got to learn so much about the history everywhere we went and really experience the culture.”
Rowlett said she will miss the collection of friends and faculty who have helped shape her into the person she is today.
“Northwest has grown me as a leader especially,” Rowlett said. “I came in shy, and being forced to step out of my comfort zone has made me much more extroverted and confident. Faculty like Alison Hoffmann have become like family, and my friends have taught me the importance of hard work and loyalty in relationships.”
Rowlett added, “Whether it was friends helping you come out of your shell or faculty helping get you out of your comfort zone, the people here have been amazing. Everybody wants you to have a great experience while setting you up to succeed. Through all my involvement, they’ve created a safe and fun environment that makes me want to come back.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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