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I graduated in May 2020 with a degree in Agricultural Communications. I currently live in Dallas, Texas working as a Cooperate Recruiter for Goosehead Insurance. Wreck em!

Marie Reinke

A first-generation undergraduate student stepped foot on the Texas Tech University campus awaiting her four-year landscape architecture experience. A passion for landscape architecture and campus involvement allowed this student to find their second home. 

“My interpretation of landscape architecture is designing the outdoors in sustainable ways that allow humans and wildlife to interact with nature.”

Landscape Architecture Student

Marie Reinke, from Waco, Texas, is a senior at Texas Tech dual majoring in landscape architecture and business management.

“Some might not understand what this degree is or what we do. My interpretation of landscape architecture is designing the outdoors in sustainable ways that allow humans and wildlife to interact with nature,” Reinke said.

Reinke is a member of the Student American Society of Landscape Architects (SASLA) at Texas Tech and served as the event coordinator.

The SASLA provides an excellent experience through professional opportunities. Something that the organization does differently is putting together an event called WreckShop.

Marie Reinke is a Texas Tech student that has built a strong foundation through her professors and peers within the Department of Landscape Architecture

“This event is something that as a student officer, we spend all summer and most of spring and fall semesters preparing for,” Reinke said.

The three-day event Reinke put on is filled with educational experiences showcased at the First Friday Art Trail, a monthly city art show in Lubbock, Texas has each month.

Reinke emphasized the importance of being involved during her collegiate experience.

“You may ask, where does my business management degree come into play,” Reinke said, “having a business management degree is appropriate and relatable no matter the type of business it is one is working for.”

In August 2020, Reinke will graduate with her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Business Management. Her career goals are to use her skills to work her way up in a company.

“The participation that I have had within the landscape architecture community has been extremely helpful with making connections with professors and professionals in my field of study,” Reinke said, “it has opened doors for opportunities and relationships that can be built beyond my time as an undergraduate.”

Mihail Tsapos

Growing up, when Mihail Tsapos, also known as Michael, was not at school, he said he was always planning his next camping trip around his hometown, Roanoke, Texas.

“I have always been interested in nature, and I enjoy going camping and backpacking,” Tsapos said.

Tsapos is a senior landscape architecture student at Texas Tech University. His hard work and passion for landscape architecture has led to success throughout his collegiate experience.

“You know, we’re all landscape architects, and we’re all passionate about what we do.”

Landscape Architecture student

 “I have always wanted to be an architect, but when I discovered landscape architecture, I realized that it is the perfect mix of the arts and the sciences that  I wanted,” said Tsapos.

Tsapos has an active involvement within the landscape architecture department. He is the president of the Student American Society of Landscape Architects and the winner of the 2020 Olmsted Scholar award.”

The Olmsted Scholar award is given to one student at every university within the landscape architecture department. The student then attends a convention with all of the Olmstead Scholars from around the nation.

Campus involvement is an important aspect to a student’s experience and Mihail Tsapos has certainly made the most of his time at Texas Tech University in the Department of Landscape Architecture.  

“This award is an honor, but it’s also about being around peers that share your passion for landscape architecture and meeting professionals that are at the top of the field,” Tsapos said.

According to the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who plan to advance sustainable design and foster human and    societal benefits.

“You know, we’re all landscape architects, and we’re all passionate about what we do,” Tsapos said.

Tsapos will be graduating in May 2020 with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture.

“I encourage people to go and explore landscape architecture,” he said, “because it is such a wide discipline, whether you want to be a student of landscape architecture, like me, or someone that may use our services in the future. The role landscape architects play in the 21st century is a lot greater than before.”

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