Graduate Q&A: Joshua Carr

By University Communications
June 10, 2017
Joshua Carr

Photo: Joshua Carr

Following is a Q&A with one of the 1,375 students who received a diploma May 6 at UW-Stout.

Name: Joshua Carr
Hometown: Northeast Minneapolis
Major: Construction

Awards, honors: Co-op Student of the Year, AGC National Scholarship, Upward Bound Dream Scholarship

Why did you choose UW-Stout? I liked that it was a polytechnic university. I really like the focus on labs. They gave me a feeling that I could learn hands-on knowledge that would help me be successful in the industry. I also loved how the campus looked outside the classroom. I was really wanting to find a place I could do more than just school. I wanted to be involved in organizations and clubs. UW-Stout did that for me.

What are the biggest challenges you faced in earning your degree? One of my biggest challenges in college was figuring out how to effectively manage my time. I was really involved and worked different jobs, had to make sure that I was making time for my school work. I had to learn how to set aside time for studying. Another challenging aspect was figuring out how to effectively study and take notes. Making sure that I was taking advantage of the professors’ office hours as well as any tutoring available really helped me. You should never be afraid to ask for help!

What stands out among your college experiences? It’s how involved I got on campus. From all the different organizations and jobs I have held on campus I have a great understanding about what Stout has to offer its students. I will remember forever all of the great relationships that I have built here.

What’s next? I will be working as a project engineer for a commercial contractor in Minneapolis called Kraus Anderson Construction. I interned with Kraus Anderson the previous three summers. I am very excited to start my career off working for such a great company.