For many high school students, choosing a college can be a difficult decision. But for Southeast alumni Julie Suedmeyer, the decision to attend Southeast was an obvious one.
As a Cape Girardeau native, Julie was very familiar with the area, and also with the university. It didn’t take long for Julie to realize Southeast was where she wanted to spend her college years.
“I chose Southeast because of the close proximity to my home, as well as the fact that my mother worked on campus,” Julie said. “We are very close, and it was a wonderful way to be near my family.”
In addition to keeping Julie close to home, Southeast provided her with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in her field of study.
As a health management major, Julie was able to participate in the Student Health and Wellness Association and volunteer for local non-profit organizations and hospitals. These experiences helped Julie gain the knowledge and skill she would need for her career.
Because of her success in the classroom and as a volunteer, Julie was given the opportunity to intern with the American Cancer Society. Upon completing the internship, Julie was offered a permanent position with the American Cancer Society as a health initiatives specialist in St. Louis.
At the American Cancer Society, Julie helps cancer patients cope with their diagnosis by offering the programs and services of the organization. Julie describes this job as “the job of her dreams,” and says she could not be happier.
In addition to working at the American Cancer Society, Julie is also attending graduate school at the University of Missouri- St. Louis to attain her master's degree in public policy and administration.
When she’s not working or going to school, Julie stays busy with other activities. She enjoys being outdoors, and runs and rides her bike on a regular basis. When she’s not outside, Julie can be found spending time with friends and family, taking in a chapter or two of her latest read, or catching a local concert.
Although she’s happy in her new place, Julie will never forget the memories and experiences she had as a student at Southeast.
“My education experience taught me to never give up,” Julie said. “Sometimes things get hard, and you have to work hard to get what you want, but I always knew I had support from my teachers, family and friends.”
Julie’s advice for future students is to “look, listen and learn.” Julie also stresses the importance of never ceasing to learn. “Education is one thing that no one can ever take away from you.”