Renée Inglett will march proudly across the stage at the UW Tacoma Commencement on Friday, June 10. The following Monday she starts a marketing internship at Costco. Inglett, a marketing major in the Milgard School of Business, currently works for Costco in one of its warehouses.
The 44-year-old initially started college right out of high school but decided then that it wasn’t right for her. “It wasn’t a good fit,” said Inglett. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do.” She went to work in the travel industry and stayed in that profession before leaving to raise her kids.
Inglett made the decision to return to school after attending her cousin’s college graduation. “It inspired me and spurred me into action,” she said. Inglett enrolled at Pierce College and finished her associate’s before transferring to UW Tacoma.
The last few years haven’t been easy. Inglett is out the door by 6:30 am most days. She takes her oldest son to school then bounces back and forth between family, school, work, and homework. A typical day ends around midnight. Her focus and hard work have not gone unrecognized: she was named a Next Step Scholar, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Scholar and a Gary E. Milgard Tribute Business and Ethics Scholar along the way.
Inglett pushed through with support from friends, family, and classmates. “This is a very diverse campus and it’s easy to meet people with similar circumstances,” she said. Inglett is excited to have less to focus on and is eager to start her internship at Costco. Still, before that Monday is Friday. “I’m sure I’ll cry,” she said. “It was a big undertaking and for me it feels good to finish what I started.”
John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org