Lakeland College

Snapshots of Success

After you graduate from Lakeland College, success comes next.

Whether you launch a career at one of this area's world-class international companies, or give working in a foreign country a shot, you'll be prepared and attractive to those who hire. Maybe you yearn to continue your education as a Ph.D. graduate student at a major university. We've got quite a few of those out there right now, working to change the world.

No matter what major you choose, Lakeland College is committed to preparing you for life after graduation. But don't take our word for it. Check out these 31 short stories of success about just some of our recent graduates. Their degrees vary, but woven through their stories is a common theme. Lakeland, they say, provided a springboard to success.

My experience at Lakeland was so positive. When I came in as a freshman, I was scared and didn’t know who I was. Lakeland's a small school that takes you as a clean slate and turns you into an awesome painting.” Read More

Becky Mayo '13


Everything was new to me. Food, culture, language, everything I did at Lakeland was challenging for me. I tried my best all the time, so my college life could be full and exciting. I believe my efforts are paying off." Read More

Hiroe Terasawa '13


I wanted to fly ... Lakeland’s (aviation program) was a great way to earn credits, learn about aviation and fly. It worked out great for me. I’m close to 100 hours of flight time and almost have my instrument rating.” Read More

Ryan Graves '13


I learned how to work alongside others, while embracing strong values. It was a great experience. At Lakeland, you interact so much more with people, and everyone treats you like a person, not a number.” Read More

Benjamin Stellmacher '10


I definitely think Lakeland prepared me for generating research ideas, and the critical thinking was a huge thing there. Lakeland was just a really good place for me, a place where I was able to imagine what I could do in the future.”Read More

Phil Sontag '10


I’d say Lakeland enabled me to realize my potential. The people at Lakeland pushed me and made me believe I could do whatever I wanted to do." Read More

Evan Dieringer '13


I think choosing Lakeland is probably the best decision I ever made. At Lakeland I was far more than just a number. I felt like I was truly part of a family, which was a unique experience that I would not have had anywhere else.”Read More

Amber Koenig '11


My experience at Lakeland changed my ability to communicate,” he says. “When I arrived, I was a professor’s nightmare when it came to writing, and it took me a long time to improve. But my professors never gave up on me. They knew I had it in me." Read More

Nick Nelson '12


Overall, what Lakeland does is open your eyes to the world and help you understand things on a macro level. It really makes you a well-rounded person.” Read More

Adam Beltran '12


The students were nice and generous and the professors knew exactly who you were. They care about you. You’re not just a student to them.” Read More

Amanda Knoener '11


Without Lakeland, I don’t think I’d be where I am today.” Read More

Mike Olson '11


I look back on my Lakeland College experience with very, very happy memories. My professors were so caring and they’re definitely people I try to emulate when teaching my own classes.” Read More

Brittney Sandberg '11


Lakeland, in a nutshell, is about ‘compassionate business.’ They expect you to get the job done, but they also care about you." Read More

Jake Frias '10 M.A.C. '13


Professor Ulrich is a great guy, and we still stay in touch. The one-on-one aspect of the German classes was a great part of the program.” Read More

Corey Petzold '08


What the professors gave me was a real thirst for knowledge, a desire to take things further. I wouldn’t have gone on to get a master’s degree or teach at the college level without my Lakeland experience.” Read More

Dale Yurs '09


Lakeland really helped me prepare for my career by providing me plenty of opportunity to learn through practical experience,” Read More

Markus Savaglio '10


It was the personal touch that mattered so much to me. I felt valued there. The people at Lakeland College made sure I was well-positioned to face the future.” Read More

Pratikshya Bhandari '11


At Lakeland, you are encouraged to do many things, and being able to balance all of them really helps prepare you well for the future.” Read More

Maria Santelli '10 M.B.A. '12


If I had to sum it up with one word, it would be worthwhile. Everything fell into place for me there.” Read More

Jay Freerking '11


They are invested in your life. Nobody at Lakeland is just another person. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s really true. Knowing how much people invested in me at Lakeland really drove me to work harder.” Read More

Elisabeth Daniels '10


My experience at Lakeland College molded me into the person I am today. I would never trade it for anything in the world." Read More

Mark Edmond '05


I just hope someday I can give back to a place like Lakeland as much as Lakeland gave to me. I simply can’t say enough good things about Lakeland. People may not have heard about it, or know where it is, but honestly, it changed my life.” Read More

Cindi Schaefer '12


After the first year, I absolutely loved it. I had so many friends, so many great relationships with students, faculty and staff. When it came time to graduate, I did not want to leave.” Read More

Cathy Sims '10


I am a quiet, shy person by nature, but the one-on-one relationships with the teachers helped me open up and establish strong relationships with them." Read More

Emily Bass '11


Lakeland molded me into the person I am today. What Lakeland builds itself on is being a community, a family. That’s forever.” Read More

Emma Drake '13


Lakeland was hugely influential in my life. The professors were top-notch, always so helpful. Everyone there is always so willing to help you succeed.”Read More

Jessica Lillie '10


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