Graduate Q&A: Leah McNutt

By University Communications
May 25, 2017
Leah McNutt

Photo: Leah McNutt

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

Name: Leah McNutt
Hometown: Watertown
Major: Applied math and computer science, interdisciplinary concentration; and game design and development-art

Awards, honors: Honors College student; Summa Cum Laude graduate; Chancellor’s Awards; William Lowell Putnam Mathematical competition participant; 2017 nominee for Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament

Why did you choose UW-Stout? It was recommended by a number of alumni, who led me to dig into the opportunities available. Once I found out that they had the two majors I was searching for, as well as the fact that professors I spoke to were outstanding, I was hooked. From there, I found nothing but support for my learning and career choices.

What are the biggest challenges you faced in earning your degree? As a double major, I anticipated challenges. I never imagined, however, that my biggest challenge would be the amount of time in a day. When I occasionally ran into a workload that could not possibly be done in the amount of time I had, the professors were always understanding. Overall, I learned a lot about my personal learning style, how to manage my time and what I value most in my education.

What stands out among your college experiences? The bonding between the students on campus; UW-Stout students genuinely care for one another and work their hardest to lift each other up in times of need. Not only within majors but cross-major collaboration is popular, which furthers projects beyond the limits of a single mind.

What’s next? I will be working as a Cloud Managed Services software developer with IBM in Rochester, Minn. Although I won’t be utilizing both of my majors in this position, I am very proud to be working with such a well-known company. I plan on continuing to complete freelance art in my free time.