Spartans of UD: Alyssa Kent

Oct 3, 2018 | University Relations staff

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people who live, work, and study on campus. Alyssa Kent, a senior marketing and human resource management major, has been a barista at Sylvia’s Common Ground for two-and-a-half years. Alyssa said Sylvia’s has become a little piece of home while at UD.

Spartans of UD - Alyssa Kent
Alyssa Kent
Marketing and Human Resource Management Major l Barista at Sylvia's Common Ground

1. What do you enjoy most about working at Sylvia’s Common Ground?

“I really enjoy the people I work with. Sylvia’s has become a little piece of home while at UD. I have made some amazing friendships and have met some pretty awesome people working at Sylvia’s. Plus, Margo Ketels, director of campus stores, is the best boss ever!

2. Do you have a favorite drink to make at Sylvia’s Common Ground?

“My favorite drink would be the Summer Blonde Latte.”

3. Why did you choose to attend the University of Dubuque?

“I chose to attend the University of Dubuque because when I visited my senior year of high school, I fell in love with the beautiful campus. I could tell when I was touring that the faculty and staff truly cared about the students and the university. Choosing UD was the best decision of my life; it has given me so many wonderful opportunities and experiences.”

4. How has your involvement in campus organizations impacted your life?

“I have been involved in many organizations on campus over the last four years. Since this is my last semester at UD, I have stepped down from many of these organizations. However, I was an active member of Lambda Tau Delta, Love Your Melon, Dance Marathon (Loras College opened its campus organization to UD students), and Student Government Association. I’ve also been fortunate enough to study abroad twice. These organizations and experiences have impacted my life by showing me leadership skills and communication skills. They also allowed me to get involved in community service, which is something I am very passionate about.”

5. What advice do you have for other UD Spartans?

My advice to other Spartans would be to get involved, you will meet and make so many new friends and be handed some pretty awesome opportunities if you put yourself out there. You should also get to know your professors! They are all great people, full of knowledge and always willing to help.”