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Tanner Chergosky Lives Heavy, Travels Light


Business Administration | Henry W. Bloch School of Management | 2017

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Have you attended college before?

I completed an associate’s degree in Minnesota.

Are you a first-generation college student? If so, what does that mean to you?

Yes. It’s an opportunity to make my parents proud.

What brought you to Kansas City?

I assist a photographer with his stuff. I thought it would be a good idea to go back to school. I do enjoy school. This is my first semester back.

How did you hear about UMKC?

My parents really wanted me to go back to school. This was the only university in Kansas City I felt was a good value. Plus, it’s really centralized.

Where is UMKC taking you?

I’ve only been in courses a couple of weeks. But especially in the Bloch program, all the professors seem like they really know what they’re talking about. The level of teaching is higher than my level of expectations were going back to college. They’re very professional, and I feel like I’m learning a lot. The Bloch building is very beautiful and inviting.

What are your lifelong goals?

I want to teach English in a foreign country and travel for a while. I want to go international and explore. That’s why I chose UMKC, for the low cost. I hope to graduate with low student debt, so I can travel and shoot photographs. That’s what I’d love to do — maybe establish an international business or work for an international company.

What motto do you live by?

Live heavy, travel light.

What excites you?

Travel, meeting new people, learning new things.

What kind of traveling have you done?

I backpacked through Guatemala. I’ve been to Guatemala twice. I’ve been to most of the states here. I’d like go to Europe and Australia this summer.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?


What’s your greatest fear?

Having a job I dislike. Not being able to travel.

What is the one word that describes you?


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