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Allyssa Novak

Allyssa Novak

“Don’t be shy when it comes to asking your professors for help. One of the best things about UWFox is the small class sizes and the opportunity to have one-on-one time with your professors.”

Hometown and current residence:Appleton; attended Appleton West High School

Current program: Marketing – l’m hoping to go into a public relations emphasis upon transferring.

Why did you choose UWFox?

After graduating high school, I went to the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and majored in business for one year. It’s a great school, but it made more sense to come to UWFox to be close to home and save some money on tuition. Besides, I knew that business wasn’t for me!

Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time?

I really like to read and write; I worked on the Fox Journal (the campus student newspaper) last year, which helped me hone my journalism skills. My time at the paper was one reason why I chose to go into the communications field. I also volunteer with my church.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

Paula Lovell, journalism professor. Beyond being a great professor, she’s very warm and inviting. She’s another reason why I chose to go into communications.

What are some crucial lessons you’ve learned during your time at UWFox so far?

Time management has been a real lesson for me. I am a full-time student, work part-time outside of school and I’m also the marketing intern on campus. So it’s crucial to start with a planner right away – I never go anywhere without it.

What has been your favorite experience at UWFox thus far?

I recently had the opportunity to be the UWFox student tweeter for UW Powers Me, a statewide Twitter account. Each week, different students from each of the UW System schools (including two-year and four-year campuses) get to tweet for a week. I got to share my weeklong college experience at UWFox, and was the first UW Colleges student to be invited as a guest tweeter. I was really surprised by the support and interactions I received from all over Wisconsin.  

What is your dream job after graduation?

I would love to own my own business, get involved in many projects and just be successful. I don’t view success as money or climbing the corporate ladder; I define success as building relationships and believing in yourself.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UWFox students?

Don’t be shy when it comes to asking your professors for help. One of the best things about UWFox is the small class sizes and the opportunity to have one-on-one time with your professors. They tell you their doors are always open – take them up on that offer.

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