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Laura Nass

Laura Nass


Recipient, Hancher Finkbine Medallion
Tippie Senate president
Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity
Tippie Scholar (early admission)


Economics (major)

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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