Alumni Stories

Melanie Welles '03

It's okay if you don't get a job right away; don't get discouraged. Take advantage of internship opportunities, travel or volunteer in your job field. Not only will you get experience, but you'll also get noticed by employers. 
- Melanie Welles, 2003, Horticulture

How did UW-River Falls prepare you for where you are now?
UW-River Falls prepared me to pursue my master's degree and for my current position as greenhouse manager. I loved the fact that the horticulture program was so hands-on. I remember being very busy with classes and having to spend extra time in the greenhouse, but it all paid off. I learned so much about watering, insect monitoring and fertilizer calculations. Over the years, I have come to recognize just how important the hands-on experience I received at UW-River Falls was. I see a number of interns who did not have those opportunities struggle to make their way in this field. I am fortunate to have had those opportunities that ultimately enabled me to apply what I learned in the lab and classroom to my profession.

What were you involved in at UW-River Falls?
I participated in Horticulture Society, Pi Alpha Zi (a national academic honor society for horticulture students), River Falls Floral Evaluation Team and Spanish Club.

UWRF Alumna Melanie Welles
Greenhouse Manager
at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Education after UWRF:
M.S. Colorado State University 

Inspiring Professors:
Terry Ferriss
Brian Smith

Favorite City:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Favorite Book:
"The Spy Wore Red"

Study abroad for a semester or a couple of weeks. You will experience new things and make relationships that will open doors and last a lifetime. 

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