Karlee Preston chose UVU because it offered everything she was looking for: a focus on student success and leadership development, opportunities for internships, and scholarships. “From the beginning I felt like UVU cared about me; I am not just a number here,” she says. “UVU is welcoming to all, and because of this I have found my place here.”
What Karlee likes best about UVU is that professors go out of their way to help students succeed. She says, “I know that no matter who I meet at this university, they will all help me be successful and help me become more than I ever thought I could be.” She points to the University’s decision to provide free UTA passes to all students as an example of its responsiveness to student needs. “President Holland had so much going on, but he made sure to make the parking issue a priority and offer students a solution. I am just so grateful to be part of such an amazing institution.”
Karlee has been a manager of Wolverine ambassadors and has completed the L.E.A.D. program in the Center for the Advancement of Leadership with high distinction. As a member of the Student Alumni Association, she has served as a student relations director and a vice president and chair of philanthropy. She also served on the activities branch of UVUSA.
Karlee hopes to one day work in higher education development and raise scholarship funds for students. She says, “I have been blessed to receive multiple scholarships throughout my time at UVU, and I hope to give others the same opportunity.”