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Thriving Through Struggle: Reflections from 2022 Graduate Charismha Tsosie

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Macy Schlaht

“My classes and internship are some of the biggest reasons I landed a full-time job just one month into my senior year of college.”

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Nicole Hurt

“Don’t let these things scare you or others put you down. Listen to what your heart wants to do and follow through because we are going to be working throughout the majority of our lives, so why not do something you love.”

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Erin Edinger

My favorite part of my job is hands-down the students I get to work with. The change and growth students experience during their time in college is incredible to witness and be part of.

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Anne Volk

Anne Volk

I knew I wanted to be a teacher and it just turns out that some of the best teachers I had graduated from VCSU. The truth of the matter is: if you want to go into education in the state of North Dakota, your best choice is VCSU!

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Kiara Radke

It is a great campus that is welcoming to everyone, and the professors are all passionate about their work and ensuring that you get the best education possible.

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Darrien Cantelo

“Every minute I spent learning, every minute in labs, every minute in the AT room, every minute on the field, every interaction with professors, every interaction with student-athletes, every minute walking the VCSU campus—they all stand out to me.”

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Bill Egan

I knew that VCSU was a top institution for teacher education. I also really enjoyed working with the music faculty, and I felt like I could really grow and thrive as a musician here.

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Dr. Anthony Dutton

Every time that I drifted away from Valley City for a couple of years, I would just be drawn back. I have always just loved learning, and so it’s a real pleasure to be surrounded by other people who also are passionate about learning, teaching, and VCSU.

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Saige Forseth

What I enjoy most about VCSU is the community-like involvement. I love the opportunities to get involved and know people! Everyone seems to be a part of something!

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Garret Fettig

“I’d always enjoyed writing, reading, and editing for classes, and I figured I wouldn’t mind doing work with those skills in the professional world.”

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Emily Dafoe

Emily Dafoe

As the User Services Librarian at VCSU I have had the opportunity to connect with the students I serve and seeing their progress over their academic career is incredibly rewarding!

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Hannah Dockter

“When I first chose this major, it made sense because of my interests and hobbies. However, throughout my college experience, I’ve become excited about educating young students.”

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Kaitlyn Myrum

“As I read more of the literature associated with both English and Spanish, my ability to write improves greatly. My short stories are more interesting, and my academic writing is well-developed.”

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Cassidy Hoyt

“Through majoring in English Education, I will have the opportunity to share my love for reading, grammar, and writing with the young minds of future generations.”

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VCSU alumna Edynn Glatt

Edynn Glatt

VCSU helped shape me into a strong and confident leader. At VCSU, I took up many leadership roles that helped me gain more confidence with those around me.

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VCSU alumna Dr. Jaycee George

Meet Dr. Jaycee George

People say college is the best time of your life. I know that I’m still young and have lots of life to live, but those really were the best days of my life — because of the friendships and relationships I made, I’ll think about VCSU forever.

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VCSU student Kyley Lauf

Kyley Lauf

I love watching friendships and bonds form throughout the day. It is the most rewarding part of the show. The endless smiles and laughter throughout the day really show the impact that the show is having on their lives and reminds you how much more alike we are than different.

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VCSU student Jacob Knapek

Jacob Knapek

My advice for students is to picture yourself here. Sitting in on a class, talking to professors, checking out the residence halls, and even eating lunch in the cafeteria are great ways to experience the campus as a prospective student. Experiencing what attending school here would actually feel like really helped me to know that VCSU is the place for me.

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VCSU 2021 graduate Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson

If you are considering VCSU as your potential school, take this as your sign to do it! VCSU is warm, welcoming, and everyone here tailors your experience for your utmost level of comfort. Come to Valley City – come HOME!

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Dr. Kiersten Baughman

Dr. Kiersten Baughman

Vikings are some of the most enjoyable students I’ve had the pleasure of working with across my years in higher education! I love the small class sizes, getting to know students as individuals in addition to their academic and career interests.

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VCSU Science professor, Dr. Casey Williams

Dr. Casey Williams

I was lucky enough to work in all sorts of environments, from the swamps and bayous of Louisiana and East Texas, to the spring fed desert streams of West Texas, to the beautiful mountain streams and river throughout Utah and Idaho.

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VCSU student Hunter Sand

Hunter Sand

You won’t regret coming here. The people and “small town” feel are amazing.

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VCSU student Hannah Dockter

Hannah Dockter

VCSU has one of the best education programs and I like that I’m still around my family. I also really like how small the campus is because I’ve gotten to know both my classmates and professors.

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VCSU alumna, KaSaundra Peterson

KaSaundra Peterson

My time at VCSU was where I truly found out who I am and who I would be, and I know for a fact I wouldn’t be in this job, having the best time ever, if it wasn’t for the people I met, the classes I took, and the experiences I had while I attended VCSU.

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VCSU assistant professor Harmony Richman

Harmony Richman

This is not a “job” to me, it is my entire passion and what drives me every day. In the morning, with coffee in hand, I tell my husband, “Okay, I’m off to school for the day!”

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VCSU online student Devin Anderson

Devin Anderson

I am so grateful that VCSU was able to accept what I already had done in college and in life and help me achieve a bachelor’s degree.

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VCSU alumnus David Woods

Meet David Woods

What you put into your community is what you get out of it. That’s the number one lesson Valley City taught me.

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VCSU student Madison Yoder

Madison Yoder

VCSU is the only school I actually applied to because as soon as I stepped on campus, I knew it was for me. Something about it just fit like a glove. It’s beautiful, welcoming, and has an air of genuine dedication to its students.

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VCSU student Rachel Baker

Rachel Baker

I love the small atmosphere of our campus. There are so many opportunities to make connections with people outside of your major.

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VCSU student Garret Fettig

Garret Fettig

At VCSU, you can make your education truly individual to you and I think that’s important in preparing for today’s job market.

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VCSU student Bailey Nelson

Bailey Nelson

I chose VCSU because it was where I wanted to play volleyball and I liked the hometown feel the campus had.

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VCSU alumna, Kadie Anderson

Kadie Anderson

VCSU helped prepare me as an educator, especially in these times, because I can use technology in a different way.

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VCSU alumnus, Orin Rambow

Orin Rambow

Valley City State shaped me into the person I am today. I think about who I was as a person when I came in as a shy, unsure freshman, to then leaving as a confident senior.

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Peyton Halverson, VCSU student, at Bridge City Dentistry

Peyton Halverson

I graduated from high school in a class of 17 students, so I valued the small class sizes and tight-knit community that VCSU had to offer.

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Angeline Gannon, VCSU student, competing in a Viking track and field event

Angeline Gannon

The pride of being a Viking is what has kept me here,VCSU has a lot of pride – not just on campus, but within the Valley City community as well. It is amazing to be part of something that has so much support on and beyond campus.

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VCSU Alumnus Mark Zinke

Mark Zinke

VCSU alumnus Mark Zinke ’16 spends his days teaching in the gym and coaching on the field. By night he is busy designing and selling gear to people who are proud to represent their North Dakota roots.

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VCSU student Liv Borchers

Liv Borchers

After I came to campus for a vocal music competition during my freshman year of high school, I told my mom I was going to attend VCSU because of how beautiful the campus was.

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Student Ethan Rasset

Ethan Rasset

I visited once to learn about the Fisheries and Wildlife program prior to enrolling. After meeting with the advising faculty, I was immediately sold. VCSU has the best Fisheries and Wildlife Science program in the state of North Dakota, primarily due to the outstanding work that our professors do on a daily basis.

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Kylie Tucker

Kylie Tucker

The small class sizes keep me accountable and help me to be an engaged learner so I can get as much out of my education experience as possible.

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VCSU graduate Grace Gonzalez

Grace Gonzalez

You can sit in a college course and learn everything there is to know about teaching, but nothing can truly prepare you better than first-hand experience in the classroom. I’ve enjoyed building relationships with my students and have become comfortable at the front of the classroom.

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