Dear National American University (NAU),
I’m so very thankful that you were my first job out of college! As the lone graphic designer on the marketing team for your 20+ campuses across the United States, you allowed me to grow and gain experience so quickly. During my time with you, I created everything from brochures to billboards and even a 30-second video displayed on an 8-story video board in Times Square. Thank you, NAU, for trusting me with all projects (big and small) and for teaching me independence, responsibility, and leadership along the way.
In the summer of 2018, I found myself traveling with a jam-packed U-Haul back to the eastern side of South Dakota to start a new job at POET, the largest biofuels company in the world. Little did I know, the next 3 years would bring a learning curve and challenges that would bring so much growth.
As I wrap up my third and final year with you, I can’t help but reflect on how much I’ve learned since starting. I came in knowing the ins and outs of graphic design and left with years of experience and knowledge in social media management, digital advertising, and internal communications. When I didn’t know something, you pushed me to expand my understanding through online courses, continuing education, and visits from external companies. And as soon as I felt comfortable in one role or area, you challenged me with opportunities to learn more and gain experience in others. From a role in digital media to a promotion to an internal communications role, you guided me to reach my potential in this growing industry and company. I leave this week feeling experienced and confident! Thank you for your contribution to that.