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September 01, 2019

Name: Tory Schuetz, MA, GradCert (MA, Communication Studies & Master’s/Graduate Certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution)

Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc. 

I grew up in Big Lake, Texas where like any small-town kid, I was involved in everything. After college, we lived in San Angelo for several years, and then we moved to the Kansas City Metro. We moved back and have been settled in Lubbock for almost two years. It’s good to be home! I most enjoy getting to have adventures with my husband of twelve years and our three children. Our kids keep us moving with taking them to school, their activities, and out for anything fun we can do as a family. I really love to travel around the world and around the United States.

What is your current occupation?

I am currently the Community and Public Relations Coordinator for the Office of Dispute Resolution in Lubbock. We provide a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution services, but the services I am most passionate about are our Rural Mediation Services (for all of Texas), and Minor/Juvenile diversion services.

While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?

While at ASU I was involved in the BSM and in their intramural sports teams. I was a member of Alpha Mu Gamma (foreign language honor society), and I volunteered with HOSTS.

In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation? 

ASU introduced me to the theory and practice of Communication Studies. Through honing my skills while majoring in this subject, the trajectory was set for me in my first career position as the Training Coordinator at 1st Community Federal Credit Union, and for Graduate School at Missouri State University. Through the variety of options available, I was able to find a degree that matched by my interests and skill set. 

What skills did you take away from ASU?

ASU shaped my ability to balance and organize my time and life. I worked at two jobs and anywhere from 40 to 50 hours a week while being full-time student. Those skills were critical during my time in Graduate School because they enabled me to succeed there while still being at home full time with my family; they have and will always serve me well.

Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?

The first two people who come to mind when I think about this question are Dr. George Pacheco and Professor Gayle Randall. They both contributed so much to my confidence in my abilities, and their confidence gave me the courage to push forward. George’s classes pushed me out of my comfort zone, and he never let me settle or not strive for the height of my potential. George was the first person I emailed when I was considering Graduate School. He immediately encouraged the idea, and was such a helpful resource throughout my time pursuing my Master’s Degrees. He has become an incredible mentor and friend. Gayle was kind and encouraging, and she saw such potential in me that she challenged me. Her classes were engaging and fun, and every course I took with her made me feel better prepared for the world after college.

What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?

My fondest memory of my time at ASU is hard to settle on. First, it is meeting my husband and getting married. Second, it is all the genuine friendships I found that are still a part of my life today. I might be a little biased, but I think ASU attracts some of the best people anyone could ever know.

Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?

Just making it to college was the culmination of a lifetime of dreams. I was a first-generation college student, and that dream being realized opened opportunities that I could have never have known without everything ASU gave me and helped me become. Through the realization of that dream, anything became possible, and with the skills I gained at ASU, every dream I find is in reach.

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