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Fall 2013 Student Alumni Ambassador
Name: Kevin Hohnstein, Rochester, MN
Major: Commercial Aviation
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2013
Why UND? When I first started looking at colleges, I was looking for something close to home, but that also offered a degree program in Aviation. UND was one of two schools that I was thinking about attending because of the aviation program that was offered. It wasn’t until I was on my campus tour of UND that I began to think “Yeah, I can see myself here!” I really liked the size of UND’s campus; it was large enough with plenty of opportunities, but not so large that I felt like I was going to get lost in the shuffle. What won me over were the facilities at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. I still remember walking onto the ramp at the airport and being amazed at the amount of activity that was going on. After having toured UND, I had this sense of excitement that I could actually go to college and fly airplanes, and I could do it at UND.
Aspirations: My dream career is to eventually end up flying for a major airline like Delta or American.
How is UND helping you realize that dream? UND and the School of Aerospace Sciences have been a tremendous help in achieving my goal. I was fortunate enough to start flying within a week of being on campus as a freshman, and I have been able to fly just about every semester. In the Aviation program I have gained the necessary skills required to operate any flight as a true professional pilot. UND has also allowed me the opportunity to get involved in activities and jobs outside the classroom, which have enabled me to learn more about myself and gain skills that will help me in all facets of life. Because of both my in-class and out-of-class experiences, I was also able to secure a semester long internship with a major airline, which helped further my knowledge in the Aviation industry. Flying has been a dream of mine for a long time, and every day I wake up knowing I made the right decision coming to UND to achieve that dream.
In Kevin’s Words: My four and half years at UND have been an awesome experience. UND has provided me with many great opportunities to connect with others from around the upper Midwest, the United States, and across the world. The education has been challenging but very rewarding.
When I left home to move to UND, I had one goal in my mind - to fly. Looking back at my time at UND, I would have never thought my college experience would be what it is. Aviation has always been at the center of my focus of what I do, but I wanted more to define me that just flying. When I left home, my parents gave me one piece of advice that has stuck with me with everything I do. They told me “Make the most of every experience, good or bad.” This has helped me to put my best effort into everything I have done at UND, as well as try to make the most of my time at UND.
There have been many things that have allowed me to make the most of my time at UND, but one that stands out is my involvement with the University Program Council (UPC). I joined UPC as a sophomore, starting off as a Marketing Associate, helping advertise the many events that we had scheduled for the fall semester. Not long after joining UPC, I took on more responsibility with the Board, and was also quickly moving up in positions. What started out as an interesting opportunity to get involved transformed into so much more.
Throughout my time on UPC, I have put my leadership abilities to practical use, as well as learned many things about programing events to a college audience. UPC has allowed me to help provide UND with many educational and social events that engage students in different topics, and allow them to socialize with other students from different backgrounds. UPC has also allowed me to figure out what my true strengths are, and it has helped me develop useful skills, such as professional communication, time management, and organization, that can apply directly to a professional work setting. My time on UPC wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the friends that I made who supported as well as challenged me to do well in all my activities. UPC has helped define a part of my UND experience.
As with many college students, in order to try to get the most out of my time and be successful at UND I also needed a way to support myself financially. I have held several on-campus jobs since starting at UND, but one in particular has helped define my UND experience. Through my involvement on UPC, I was able to work with staff at the Memorial Union, and they shared with me that there was an opening for a Union Building Manager. With support of my advisor and others, I decided to apply. It was a new learning experience, and I saw it as a way to further new skills. This job has exceeded all of my expectations for a part time position. The position requires that I play many different roles, such as security, IT, and customer service, and some shifts require all of those roles, but it definitely has been a learning experience. I feel that this position has provided me with life skills that complement the technical training received from my classes.
The Union has also allowed me to make some amazing professional connections. One connection that I was able to make was with a former Building Manager, and UND Alumni who was flying for a company that I was interested in interning for. I am very grateful that he took the time to give advice, share stories, and talk about the internship; it definitely helped me in the selection process, as I was chosen as one of three interns for Delta Air Lines for Fall 2012. I will look back at being a Building Manager as more than just a job, it has been a position of growth, connections, and great experiences.
As I begin to countdown the days to graduation, I have started to look back at how I got to where I am, and I smile. I feel that I have followed the advice of my parents and truly made the most of every situation. My time at UND has gone above and beyond what I thought college would be like, and I am truly excited to go out into the real world knowing that my UND education has fully prepared me for it.
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