Student spotlight: Thelen says college life brings more responsibilities

by Cori Hilsgen

Allison Thelen is a busy college student who says college life brings many more responsibilities to stay on task and succeed.

Thelen is the 19-year-old daughter of Ann and Dave Thelen of St. Joseph. She is a sophomore studying veterinary technology at North Dakota State University, Fargo. Thelen has one sister, Josie, 16.

Fun Facts about Thelen :

Favorite subject:

“All of my veterinary-technology classes,” Thelen said. “It’s going to be my future career so it’s very interesting to me. Also, I love to be with the animals and be able to help them.”

Activities she is involved with:

Veterinary Technology Club

Favorite leisure activity:

“Hanging out with my awesome friends I’ve made at school,” she said.

Favorite movie:  “Safe Haven”

Thelen said she loves Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.

Favorite music:

She said she appreciates all genres of music.

Favorite restaurant: Ciatti’s

Favorite food:

Pasta, pasta and more pasta!

Favorite thing she likes to help other people do:

“I love to help people organize,” she said. “I can be a clean freak, so if someone needs something to be organized, I’m their girl.”

Favorite quote:

Thelen said she tells people to be themselves.

“Don’t change for anyone and stay true to your heart,” she said.

What is one of the hardest obstacles you have had to overcome in the school environment?

“I think the hardest thing about college is you are now on your own and you have greater responsibilities,” Thelen said. “No one is there to push you to get good grades and stay on track.”

Have you ever witnessed bullying at school?

“Not really in college, but in high school I did,” she said. “In college people just kind of mind their own business.”

What is your favorite technology device?

My iphone. “I use it all the time for multiple purposes,” Thelen said.

Do you like using technology at school?

“I definitely like using technology in school,” she said. “My computer is my life. It’s what I use every day for assignments and quizzes.”

What is the biggest challenge college students face today?

“I think the biggest challenge for college students today is it’s really easy to get off track with homework, and (I’m) more focused on the social aspect of college,” she said.

How does college life differ from high school?

Thelen said in college students have a lot more responsibilities. They are in charge of getting everything done as well as doing well and getting good grades.

What she wants to do when she graduates: 

Thelen said she would like to come back to St. Joseph and find a job around town at a veterinary clinic as a veterinary technologist.

“I have always loved animals as a child, so I think this would be the best job for me,” she said.

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Allison Thelen is a sophomore studying veterinary technology at North Dakota State University, Fargo. When she graduates, she would like to return to the St. Joseph area and work in the veterinary field.

Cori Hilsgen

Cori Hilsgen

Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.
Cori Hilsgen
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