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Wisconsin Union Employees Talk About Post-Grad Plans

The Wisconsin Union holds many memories for UW-Madison students. As December graduation season arrives, graduates begin to think back on their favorite memories at the university and at the Union. We caught up with a few UW-Madison seniors and Union employees to see what their plans are after the big day, and what their favorite memory is of working at the Wisconsin Union.


Alyssa Alheid

Works in: Marketing

Major: Graphic Design and Communication Arts.

What are your plans for after graduation? I’m currently in the process of trying to get a visa so that I can move over to London and find a job over there. Ideally some sort of graphic design job, either within a larger firm or a smaller company.

What is your fondest memory of working at the Union? How friendly everyone is, everyone just seems to be in such a good mood all the time and there seem to be fun activities going on.


Stephanie Mercado

Works in: Outdoor UW

Major: International Studies and Political Science

What are your plans for after graduation? I’m moving to D.C. I’m hopefully working in the Capitol or for a foreign affairs think tank. I’m currently an intern at a lobbying firm and am interviewing to work in their D.C. office.

What is your fondest memory of working at the Union? Working at Outdoor UW! Especially working during rental season, you bond with the people you work with over various funny work scenarios, be it people falling in the water, rafts crashing into each other, just a bunch of stuff like that.


Alex Bergendahl

Works in: Dining Services

Major: Economics

What are your plans for after graduation? I’m not sure what job I want just yet, but I’ve been applying as a financial analyst to a lot of bigger companies.

What is your fondest memory of working at the Union? Man, that’s a tough one; I have so many to choose from. I would say it would be some of the nights where we would be closing at 12:00 or 1:00 in the morning and just hanging out with all the people I’ve met through work afterwards and working with the hundreds of other college students I’ve met here. That’s what I’ll remember the most.

Good luck to all of the seniors who are graduating this semester, and congratulations to the December Class of 2015!

To learn about joining the Wisconsin Union team, visit union.wisc.edu/jobs.

Author: Lilly Eggert

Lilly is a UW-Madison senior studying strategic communications and reporting in the Journalism school and is completing a certificate in digital studies. You will often find her studying or spending time with friends in the various nooks and crannies of Memorial Union with a heaping bowl of mocha macchiato Babcock ice cream.

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