Recipient, Hancher Finkbine Medallion
Tippie Senate president
Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity
Tippie Scholar (early admission)
Laura Nass was not only a good student, she was the president of the Tippie Senate, member of the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance, and active in other student organizations.
Finding a balance between her academics and activities wasn't easy, but she took a businesslike method to managing her time.
Laura approached school like working for an employer. She says, "I treat school like a job; it's something I learned from my dad.
"I get up early and work out in the morning. Then I come to the Pappajohn Business Building for class. I bring all my books and everything I'll need for the day. I attend my classes and then if I have a one- or two-hour break, I get out the books and study. Then I finish my classes and head home. This way, while I'm at home, I can enjoy time with my friends and I have the evening free.
"But if I have an exam to prepare for, then I will study more at home," she said.
"The Tippie facilities are amazing. This is the largest academic building on campus. I love the building and the lounges. I eat here and practically sleep here. You can check out laptops at the Business Library where there are 100-plus workstations. And the building is wireless."
Laura discovered quickly that managing your time well in college is a big part of taking advantage of life's opportunities. She graduated in 2010, and now she is giving back to the Tippie College of Business as a member of the Young Alumni Board. She currently works as a VISTA at Horizons, a Family Service Alliance. Before that, she was an analyst at Chapman and Cutler.
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