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Geoffrey Pritzl

Geoffrey Pritzl

“Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way – you never know what will be the thing that clicks and really resonates with you.”

Age: 19, sophomore

Hometown: Appleton, Appleton East High School

Current program: Radio/TV/Film/Broadcasting

Why did you choose UWFox?

I chose UWFox because it’s close to home, but also because I’ve heard so much about the personal experience that students get with teachers. I was interested in being able to have one-on-one time with instructors versus learning from a teacher’s assistant like you would at bigger universities.

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

I play guitar in a rock band called The Darkest Decade. We play covers and have recently started writing our own stuff, and have played shows around the Fox Cities at places like Houdini Plaza, Waverly Beach and at Timber Rattler games. I also work as a data analyst for a company that works with school districts.

Who is your favorite instructor?

Professor Frances Perkins, who is also my academic advisor, does a really good job of reaching out to students and making sure everyone is enjoying her classes. You can tell that it’s important to her that everyone understands and is interested in the material.

What is your favorite class and why?

My favorite class so far has been Comedy and Drama in Media. I was able to get real hands-on experience working with cameras, which I didn’t necessarily expect in my first year of college.

What do you plan to do after UWFox?

I plan to transfer to UW Oshkosh because of its Radio/TV/Film program. It’s actually where my parents went as well, but the field has changed a lot since their time at UWO and it was my own decision to go to Oshkosh. After graduating from there, I would love to be a movie producer. Last semester in my production class I worked on a short movie, and I really enjoyed that experience.

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

Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way – you never know what will be the thing that clicks and really resonates with you. I’m grateful for the opportunities I have jumped on in the last year.

 

 

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