Welcome to our "Get to Know Blackhawk" series, which uses a Q&A format to showcase the diverse and talented individuals within the college community.

Get to Know Emily Roessler, Culinary Student

February 27, 2024


Welcome to our “Get to Know Blackhawk” series, which uses a Q&A format to showcase the diverse and talented individuals within the college community.

What is your name? Where did you grow up and what high school did you attend?

Emily Roessler. I grew up in Clear Lake, Wisconsin and attended Clear Lake High School.

Why did you choose to attend Blackhawk Technical College?

I chose Blackhawk because of its great reputation with the Culinary Arts Program.

What is your area of study? Is there something that drew you to the program?

My area of study is Culinary Arts. I have always had a passion for baking and cooking and decided to pursue a degree in that area.

How has Blackhawk helped you to pursue or complete your goals?

They have pushed me out of my comfort zone, challenged me to learn new skills, and provided many different learning opportunities.

Are you involved in any student organizations or extracurricular activities at Blackhawk?

I am a part of the Epicurean Club.

Are there any academic achievements that you’ve been proud to accomplish in your time at Blackhawk?

Each semester, I have been a part of the President’s Honors list.

Have you been the recipient of any scholarships or grants through the Blackhawk Foundation?

I have received the Mercyhealth Making Lives Better scholarship, along with other Foundation scholarships. Read more about how the Mercyhealth scholarship has transformed Emily's life.

When do you plan to graduate and what are your plans for life after Blackhawk?

I will graduate in May. My plans are to get a job in the Twin Cities area as a pastry chef or to work in a fine-dining restaurant.

What advice do you have for other individuals who are considering Blackhawk?

Just go for it. If you are nervous or have any apprehensions, the people at Blackhawk are amazing and will help you with anything. They make you feel right at home and will put you on the path to success.

Tell us something about yourself you think people would be surprised to know.

I have been in 4-H for nine years and out of those, I’ve been the president for five years. Through the program, I show Guernsey cows and heifers at the Polk County Fair.

Who is your biggest influence?

Jesus Christ

What's one song that must always be on your playlist?

“Sparrows” by Jason Gray

What is your favorite movie?

“The Hunger Games”

What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?

“Curious George”

If you could only eat (or, in your case, cook) one food for the rest of your life, which food would you pick?

Spaghetti and meatballs

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Cookie dough

What/who is your favorite sports team or pro athlete?

Green Bay Packers

If you could be any animal, which one would you choose and why?

I would be an eagle because they are a protected animal, and they don’t really have any natural predators.

If you could learn any language, which one would you choose?


What’s one thing on your bucket list?

Sky diving

What is your dream vacation destination?

Staying in an over-the-water bungalow in Tahiti.

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