Hollie Garry

Hired Before Graduation

Hollie Garry, fine arts major
New Position:
Art Teacher at Nisswa Elementary in Nisswa, Minn.
Hometown: Brainerd, Minn.

Hollie Garry, a fine arts major with an emphasis in fibers at UW-River Falls, will be on her way back to school, but this time as the art teacher at her alma mater, Nisswa Elementary.

"Art classes there were a major highlight for me in school and definitely what I looked forward to most," said Hollie. "One of our family friends that works at Nisswa had talked with me on a few different occasions. When she mentioned the school was looking to fill the recently available position, I was able to get in contact with them. From there everything really began to fall into place."

Read what Hollie had to say about her experience at UWRF

How did UW-River Falls prepare you for your new career?
"The variety of art classes that UW-River Falls offered to me as an incoming student has really broadened my knowledge of art in all forms and has helped to mold me into a professional artist. These classes have given me the ability to talk about my work, my creative process, and to effectively share what I know with others who are eager to learn."

While attending UW-River Falls, did you have a particular class, faculty/staff member, or experience that was instrumental to your success?
"I've been lucky. With each of my professors I've had here at UW-River Falls, I've learned something really great that I'll be able to translate within my own teaching."

What one piece of advice would you have for an incoming freshman attending UW-River Falls?
"One thing I recommend to incoming freshman is to connect with your professors. I look up to so many of my professors and consider them my friends and fellow artists. After my years here, I've had the opportunity to really build relationships that I know will last beyond graduation."

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