Alumni Board Scholar Profile: Q&A with 2015 Scholar Tori Uhland

Alumni Board Scholar Profile: Q&A with 2015 Scholar Tori Uhland

Boettcher Scholar Year: 2015
Hometown: Eads, CO
University & Degrees: CSU, B.A. in Journalism and Media Communication

What are you currently interested in pursuing after graduating? I graduated last year and am now working as a grain merchandiser with Tempel Grain in Wiley, CO. I also do freelance web design and social media management. I grew up on a fifth-generation farm and ended up at Tempel Grain by being part of the community. I’m able to apply my communication skills to the role I now have.

Tell us about what activities, groups and/or organizations you have joined in college and why you joined them. I looked for things that sparked my interest – some agricultural and some political. I kept myself busy, though I do wish I would have tried a few more clubs and organizations outside of my comfort zone.

– College Republicans
– Sigma Alpha (agriculture sorority) for professional and social connections
– In my freshman year at DU, I participated in CRU and in the Presidents Leadership Program (PLP)
– At CSU, I participated in honor societies

– The highlight at CSU was my study abroad trip to five countries in Europe, where I saw media outlets. We were in London during the royal wedding madness, which was good representation of major media events.
– We recorded my cousin’s first album in Nashville, and I worked to help promote his first album and shows.

Tell us about an important mentor you have had. My dad has been one of the best mentors. He always encouraged me and never had any doubt that I could do anything. He would listen, nod and say, “OK. Go do it.”

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Take chances. You’ll never know unless you try. Applying for the Boettcher was one of those stretches that worked well.

If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, who would you choose and why? Joan of Arc and/or Harriett Tubman. Both were so selfless and brave for their beliefs. That is what I aspire to be.

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