“I’ve found there is a good mix of traditional and nontraditional students at UWFox. Class times are flexible, which I appreciate as a parent.”
Age: 34, sophomore
Hometown and current residence: Appleton, currently lives in Menasha
Current program: Accounting and human resources
Why did you choose UWFox?
I chose UWFox mostly because of its overall size and smaller class sizes. I began part-time in fall of 2011 with online classes at home because I have small children. I’ve found there is a good mix of traditional and nontraditional students at UWFox. Class times are flexible, which I appreciate as a parent.
Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time?
What spare time? I am very involved on campus, with volunteer projects with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and I’m the president of the newly founded Business Club. Aside from my bookkeeping job off-campus and spending time with my children, I’m also a math tutor at the campus Learning Center. My favorite classes are math-related, and it’s nice to help others with the subject.
Who is your favorite professor or staff member?
There are so many! Frances Perkins, Mary Diederich and Jill Halverson stand out, but I have enjoyed the professors from every class I’ve had. What’s unique about UWFox is that you can have the kind of relationships with professors where you’re not afraid to ask for help or to discuss a topic that interests you. Every professor that I’ve had has really cared about students’ success; you can really tell they care and teaching isn’t just a job for them.
What is one thing at UWFox that no student should miss?
The scholarship opportunities! I was nominated for the Lee Grugel Memorial Scholarship by Jeff Kuepper and Frances Perkins. I found out I was chosen just before the end of spring semester. The scholarship will fund half of my tuition for the next two semesters, and I’m so grateful. I wouldn’t have this opportunity if I’d been at a school where it’s next to impossible to find mentors among the faculty and staff.
What do you plan to do after UWFox?
I plan to transfer to UW Oshkosh for fall semester in 2015, and one day I hope to own and operate my own accounting practice.
What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UWFox students?
Get involved—it can open so many doors. Don’t just go to class and leave, but instead make an effort to make long lasting relationships. There are such a variety of clubs at UWFox, and finding others that share your interests can really open doors for you.