Dauli Menze is UMD’s new Transfer Student Program Coordinator in our Office for Students in Transition (SIT). Her role is to assist incoming transfer students through the process of transitioning to UMD.
Dauli grew up on a farm in central Minnesota. She was active in 4-H and FFA all through high school holding as many leadership positions as she could. This love and passion for agriculture brought her to the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) where she started out majoring in Agriculture Education and Communications. “Unfortunately, by my junior year (due to failed referendums in the K-12 school systems) there was only going to be one Agriculture education position available in the whole state of Minnesota.”
So…she adjusted to this change and moved over completely to Communications with an emphasis in Agriculture. And Dauli’s a PRIME example of how it’s okay to modify your life plans.
Especially as a transfer student.
Back to Dauli basics: One of her favorite opportunities during her time at UMC was to study away. Dauli went on two summer sessions abroad. One in Holland and Germany where she learned about agri-business. They saw the largest flower auction in the world, learned how wooden shoes are made, visited the Anne Frank Museum, Van Goeh Museum, and toured a working windmill. The second trip was to Anger, France where she learned about viticulture, the process of making wine. They saw Mont St. Michel, the beaches of Normandy, toured several vineyards, and ended the trip in Paris. There are many different types of study away options from summer, semester, or internships. If this is interesting to you check out the Study Abroad Office at UMD.
After graduating from UM-Crookston, Dauli moved to Fargo, ND where she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years. She had the opportunity to work with individuals 55 and older that wanted to give back to their community and state through volunteering. AmeriCorps is a great chance for you to give back by working with a wide array of non-profit organizations that cover areas from education to conservation. AmeriCorps runs in one year terms and positions are available nationwide. (For more information visit www.vistacampus.gov)
After serving two years with AmeriCorps, Dauli decided to pursue a Masters Degree in College Student Personnel Administration (fancy lingo for a degree to work in higher education). This was an enormous step for her because she was a first generation college student. She looked to mentors from her undergraduate experience to guide her through the process. They explained what she should look for in a program, how to write a letter of intent, and why receiving a grad assistance position was so important. This journey brought her to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO. She received a graduate assistant position in the Office of Student Life working with Clubs and Organizations and advising their campus programming board.
After receiving her Masters Degree, Dauli accepted a position at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) as their Student Activities Coordinator. This position did not exist prior to her holding it. During her tenure in the role, she oversaw Advisement and Registration, Orientation, clubs and orientation, wrote and published the student electronic newsletter, advised campus programming board and student government, and ran commencement. She literally worked with students from the time they chose to come to the institution until they graduated. Those experiences led her to her current role at UMD and we are so lucky to have her!
What’s your favorite thing so far about working with transfer students?
“You as a transfer student have a story to tell. You are taking on new challenges and deciding which path you want to take to achieve your goals. I love having the opportunity to be a part of that journey in helping you transition to UMD”
What is your favorite thing to do in Duluth?
“As you know, Duluth is a great outdoor city! I love having the opportunity to get into nature through hiking, cross country skiing, and kayaking. Duluth has an amazing Community Education Program and I am just finishing up building a set of new snow shoes”
What is one piece of advice you would give transfer students?
“The best advice I can give is to tell you how vital it is to get connected to the UMD campus. When I say connected I mean through an activity outside of the classroom. I want you to think about joining or participating in just one thing. It could be an intramural, clubs and organizations, theater, Greek life, or living in the residence halls or apartments and joining in on their programming. Take advantage of opportunities to attend events that you know nothing about or maybe even scare you. Be brave enough to say ‘I don’t know anything about this, but I want to learn’. Those experiences might surprise you! College offers you a safe space to explore who you are and the world around you”
Do you have a favorite sports team?
“I actually have two favorites and they are both Minnesota teams: The Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Lynx!
It’s always a joy to get to a game and cheer on the home team”
Want to meet Dauli or chat with her about your college transition? Give her a call at 218-726-8863 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.