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Human Sciences Students of the Month

Avery Wilcox, Undergraduate Student of the Month
College of Human Sciences Student Stories - Student of the Month

"I have always had a passion for the retail industry, and after touring Texas Tech I knew I had found the perfect school and the perfect degree plan."

Undergraduate Student of the Month

Avery Wilcox

by Ellie Ebanks

Undergraduate Student of the Month , Avery Wilcox, is a Retail Management student from Bushland, Texas—just 10 miles west of Amarillo, Texas. Avery is a senior who will graduate this August with a bachelor's degree in Retail Management with a concentration in corporate retail and a minor in business and human resource development.

"This is an absolute honor to be recognized as Student of the Month," Avery said. "The College of Human Sciences and Texas Tech have prepared me for what is next in life, and it has been such a privilege to receive this recognition."

Avery chose to attend Texas Tech University after touring the campus the summer before her senior year of high school , where she met Deborah Fowler, Ph.D., of the Hospitality and Retail Management department in the College of Human Sciences.

"I have always had a passion for the retail industry, and after touring Texas Tech I knew I had found the perfect school and the perfect degree plan."

Avery said that retail is an industry that is reinventing itself and allows people to grow and be innovative. A degree in Retail Management stands out because it provides strong business fundamentals, well -rounded coursework in topics like e-commerce and purchasing, and 300-400 hours of internship and professional development. Students are groomed to stay ahead of the curve and become forward-thinking retail experts.

"Retail management is unique because you get a glimpse into all that the industry is composed of including: marketing, visual merchandising, buying, forecasting, product development, and category management."

Outside of the classroom, Avery has worked her way up from treasurer to president of the National Retail Federation (NRF) student organization and is also a member of Pi Beta Phi.

"NRF has provided me with so many opportunities that have improved my professionalism and my ability to help and lead my fellow classmates," Avery said. "Pi Beta Phi has allowed me to escape my comfort zone while being able to give back to the community of Lubbock."

When Avery graduates, she plans to pursue a career in human resources or procurement and buying. Avery said that the College of Human Sciences has made her time at Texas Tech rewarding, and has prepared her for her future.

"Human Sciences provides its students with so many opportunities to grow and achieve future career goals with different events and organizations," Avery said. "I know going into my future I am prepared because of the opportunities that the College of Human Sciences has provided to me."