Graduate Spotlight: Blake Melin

Jas­mine Ayers — The Stinger

Blake Melin is a senior here at the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Superior and has been since 2010. Blake is from Her­man­town, Minn. and is major­ing in jour­nal­ism with a minor in writing.

UW-Superior isn’t the first col­lege that Blake has attended. He first enrolled at the Uni­ver­sity of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. He came to UWS two years ago and has been here ever since. He says that he left UND because, “UND was hor­ri­ble,” and it didn’t have a cred­ited com­mu­ni­ca­tions school.

Melin wanted to begin-a-new, so he trans­ferred to the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Superior. He men­tions that one of the aspects of UWS that he likes the most is the inter­per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion with his pro­fes­sors, as well as the com­mu­ni­ca­tion between the pro­fes­sors themselves.

“It’s inter­est­ing to be in a school where peo­ple between depart­ments know eachother’s names. I never had that in North Dakota.” Blake also states that it seems to him as if the fac­ulty cares a lot more about the stu­dents, where at UND, there were about 17,800 (when he left) stu­dents so there wasn’t that per­sonal con­nec­tion between stu­dents and fac­ulty mem­bers as there is here.

To go along with stu­dents and their rela­tion­ships with their pro­fes­sors, Blake has def­i­nitely cho­sen his favorite. Melin’s ideal pro­fes­sor is Susan Stanich. He loves how “bla­tantly hon­est” she is. “Susan will tell you when you’re not doing some­thing right in a way that lets you keep your dig­nity. She’s also very com­pli­men­tary. She always lets you know when you’re doing some­thing right.”

Not only did Blake receive inter­per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion between his pro­fes­sors, he also stated that he devel­oped a higher level of matu­rity since trans­fer­ring here. In UND, stu­dents would slan­der teach­ers in class if they made them upset. Hav­ing that be a part of his first col­lege expe­ri­ence, he brought it here with­out know­ing any bet­ter. He says his most embar­rass­ing expe­ri­ence here was when a teacher pulled him aside after class to talk to him about it. That pro­fes­sor was Susan Stanich.

A professor-student rela­tion­ship is only a small part of what Blake appre­ci­ates about this school and cam­pus. He also likes the “gor­geous” sur­round­ing area. Melin states that no mat­ter what direc­tion you face, there’s always cool ter­rain, not to men­tion there are also cities nearby if you’re will­ing to drive. “You have the best of all worlds.”

Blake loves the sur­round­ing area, but he also likes the facil­i­ties and ser­vices within the cam­pus as well. The ser­vice that UWS pro­vides, that Blake uses the most he says, would have to be the com­puter labs. He men­tions that he has grown attached to the UW-Superior sports games, espe­cially hockey, con­sid­er­ing he’s played hockey before.

Hockey here at UWS has a major part to do with one of Blake’s cra­zi­est moments here on cam­pus. Melin’s cra­zi­est mem­ory from UWS was when he dressed up as a bum­ble bee sol­dier, in black, white, and yel­low face paint and went to a hockey game. It was out of com­plete ran­dom­ness and no one, not even Buzz, knew that he was going to do it. So once he got out in front of the crowd with Buzz, he and Buzz had a fake fight.

Out of all of the mem­o­ries Blake has cre­ated here at UW-Superior, his best mem­ory is the day that he met his fiance, Alyssa Palmer.  They met in front of Tara Kachgal’s class­room in the Holden Fine Arts build­ing on the first day of school in the spring of 2011.  He thought she was cute and said hi, and now the two are engaged!

Blake was most recently the web edi­tor for the Stinger news­pa­per here on cam­pus.  He has done many things while attend­ing this col­lege and hopes to go far in life once he grad­u­ates this Saturday.

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