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Danielle Handler

Danielle Handler

“My close proximity to the campus allowed me to use that extra time I saved driving to UWFox, for work and school.”

Age: 27

Hometown: Menasha, WI

Current residence: Appleton, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2010 to present

Background before UWFox

I was a Menasha Bluejay until graduating from high school in 2003. During high school I was active in many sports, and especially loved tennis and basketball. While I didn’t leave much time for work, I did start waitressing while in high school.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a life filled with interesting travels around the world with my family. This really has happened only because I have immediate family in Colorado and Germany. I’ve taken many road trips to Colorado to visit my sister. The trips to Germany have truly been inspiring to me. I’m fascinated when submerged by an entirely different culture. My mother and grandparents are from Bamberg, Germany, so I’ve explored Germany's landscapes, history, and culture often while growing up. We also traveled Turkey, Italy, Austria, and The Netherlands. Typically we were visiting historic locations, museums, and one of my favorite things getting lost off the beaten path.

Why did you choose UWFox?

My decision to attend UWFox was based around convenience. I’ve been working full time for a non-profit organization for the past seven and a half years. I didn’t feel it was necessary to attend a college 40 minutes away versus 10 minutes away. My close proximity to the campus allowed me to use that extra time I saved driving to UWFox, for work and school. UWFox had offered me convenience, affordability, and flexibility.

Have you chosen a major?

While I’m pursuing a degree in environmental studies, I’m continuing my research for the perfect career. I do know that I want to be involved with environmental planning, advocacy, and conservation. I strongly believe in sustainable living. It isn’t easy to change old habits, but it is a change that must be practiced. A few great role models in my life have taken their time to advocate for certain environmental issues and spent their time educating me and others. Prior to learning from these role models my appreciation for the environment flourished from being immersed in nature while camping and learning respect for other living species. I began pursuing my college education because I knew I had to further educate myself in these fields in order to begin spending my time advocating and passing along the information I’m learning. This is also why I joined the UWFox “Students for Sustainability” club in April 2012. We’re really learning and obtaining great information, so the club is a great opportunity for UWFox students to share information and act as role models for the community. 

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