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As we continue to grow the Alumni Ambassador program, we will periodically spotlight our Alumni Ambassadors in this column. This month's Ambassador is Emilie Lindemann '06.
Should you be enjoying a warm drink at a local coffee shop, keep your eye out for Lakeland alumna Emilie Lindemann '06. Emilie loves to read, write, and people watch in coffee shops.
When she's not in a coffee shop, you'll likely find her in a classroom. She teaches writing part-time at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc while she is completing her doctorate in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Emilie is also co-poetry editor at cream city review, the literary journal of UW-M.
"I enjoy teaching research writing," she states, "because I find the uncertainty and the open-endedness of the research process exciting. My happiest moment on the job is when a student 'gets it,' when she begins to see herself as a writer/researcher with interesting ideas to explore and share instead of a student stringing together a bunch of quotes and paraphrased passages."
Emilie majored in writing, German, and Spanish at Lakeland. She wrote fashion articles for the Mirror, which went well with her love of crazy skirts and colorful tights. She knew even then that she wanted to be a writer, perhaps a professor. Emilie fondly remembers a number of mentors from her Lakeland days:
"My German professor, Martin Ulrich, occasionally treated my classmates and me to hot chocolate at the Daily Grind where we discussed poetry and short stories. Karl Elder's poetry and fiction workshops influenced my studies in poetry. Martha Schott, Marta Loyola, and Katie Shumway taught challenging classes and gave good advice."
Emilie's Lakeland experience was a real boon to her graduate work. "The small classes prepared me for graduate school. At Lakeland, students are expected to actively participate." She also values the time she spent working on the Mirror, sometimes until the wee hours to meet a deadline with good friends.
The sense of community at Lakeland made a strong imprint on her. "I really miss being able to sit in the Campus Center and see all of my friends. Looking back, it seems almost magical the way you could think about a person, only for them to materialize a few moments later."
Along with the Mirror office, the Daily Grind, and the Pub, another favorite place for Emilie was—not surprising given her love of reading and writing—the library. "I miss the calm of the library, complete with creaky stairs and secret alcoves and the welcoming librarians."
As far as her advice to new graduates, Emilie says, "Do something you love, even if it's just part-time. Especially with the current economic situation, don't let a job title or financial situation define who you are."
As this story goes to press, Emilie has just married Steve Sukowaty. Best wishes, Emilie and Steve! You can reach Emilie at firstname.lastname@example.org.