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Karissa Vetsch

Karissa Vetsch

As a young girl growing up in Minneapolis, Karissa Vetsch developed an essential element of her life's purpose – to give back and help others – an ethic she says was instilled by her parents.

Those close family ties determined Karissa’s choice of Waldorf University, only two hours from home, where she has been able to “give back” in a myriad of ways – including volunteering, leading the SWAT (Social Waldorf Activities Team) and serving as secretary of Amnesty International.

Karissa balances all of her leadership responsibilities and classwork with a work-study job in the Waldorf Library, somehow maintaining her status in Alpha Chi Honor Society. Easily recognized as a leader on campus, her peers elected her as this year's student body president.

The senior Public Relations major says she chose communications because, “you get to talk, you get to write, you get to be creative.” She has modeled that motto in her years at Waldorf, working as an assistant manager of WalTV and KZOW radio and writing for The Lobbyist and the Torch school publications. She has also gained much experience in event planning and public speaking in classes and clubs.

Karissa's first goal after graduation is to give a year of service to the community, focusing on issues such racism, poverty etc. Her long-term goal is to develop her own non-profit organization that would benefit society in some way.  “Even if it is a small action or a big decision . . . you need to realize it is impacting the world even if it might not seem like it.”

Karissa has impacted the world at Waldorf in her own unique ways and is bound to take that drive to do great things in the world.

by Güzel Tuhbatullina, Public Relations Practicum student