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Non-Traditional Student Spotlight

Shannon Sylte

NTS Spotlight: Shannon Sylte

Shannon Sylte is an extremely dedicated Non-Traditional Student on campus, majoring in Geo-Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology.  Shannon knows the pressures that often accompany Non-Traditional Student life and is learning to balance her studies with her responsibilities at work and at home, as well as manage a community garden organization.  Shannon has taken advantage of the time management counseling services offered by the learning center on campus. “The learning coach taught me about “mind mapping” as a form of note taking that has helped a lot and I have found these services vital to shaping my study habits and my success as an undergrad who balances a lot of other responsibilities,” said Shannon. 

Establishing relationships with other Non-traditional students is important to Shannon.  While on campus, she takes advantage of the Non-Traditional Student Organization lounge, located in the CUB for a quiet area to study and also to meet other students. “NTSO has connected me with some great individuals with whom I can relate. It is refreshing and encouraging to meet other people in a similar situation,” said Shannon. Shannon recently opened up her home a few nights a week to help out a fellow Non-traditional student who commutes from Pittsburgh. “It works out because I have company and she has an affordable place to stay,” said Shannon.

Shannon finds her experience with the Geo-Environmental Studies Program to be engaging and full of hands on experience that will help prepare her for a career after graduation. Shannon is planning on attending graduate school for urban and regional planning. “The department has some amazing professors who are really devoted to teaching and love to get students out in the field,” said Shannon.

When Shannon isn’t busy studying and working she enjoys gardening, biking, hiking and just being outdoors. If you see Shannon on campus this semester, give her a friendly “hello”.