“UWFox is a good college for me because after two years of reasonable tuition, I know I can transfer to another UW campus to finish my degree.”
Hometown: Menasha, WI
Current residence: Menasha, WI
When attended UWFox: Fall 2012-present
Background before UWFox
I graduated from Menasha High School in 2012. While attending high school I was involved with student organizations such as the MHS Japanese Club and the Philosophy Club. I was also a dedicated member of the MHS Earth Club, in which we promoted sustainability at the school and in the community. Since the age of eight, I began learning to play the viola. I took lessons at Lawrence University for many years and I continued playing through high school. I was a member of the MHS Orchestra for four years and a member of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony for two years. From kindergarten through high school I studied Japanese in the Menasha Joint School District. Over the summer break of 2010, I spent time traveling in Japan. I stayed mostly with host families with whom I have developed lasting friendships.
Why did you choose UWFox?
Because I had many interests in high school, it was very hard for me to decide what I wanted to study in college. I also didn’t feel right spending large amounts of money on the tuition of a four-year campus when I wasn’t even sure what field I would pursue. Nonetheless, I knew I wanted to attend college. UWFox is a good college for me because after two years of reasonable tuition, I know I can transfer to another UW campus to finish my degree.
Have you chosen a major?
Undecided. I’m considering Environmental Science, Ecology, and Botany. I’m planning to minor in Japanese and possibly English.
What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?
I’ve learned not only that hard work pays off, but it also leads to many opportunities. After helping my biology professor compost food waste for a year, I was offered a role in a research project she is leading. Now we are collecting DNA samples from our compost piles in order to identify the microbes that decompose food waste and turn it into great soil. This is an ongoing project in collaboration with UW Oshkosh as well as St. Joe’s Food Pantry.
What are your career plans after UWFox?
After UWFox, I plan to attend UW-Stevens Point to further study sustainability and our relationship to the environment. I’m only a few semester courses away from a minor in Japanese, which I also hope to receive at UWSP.
Other interesting things about yourself that you’d like to share?
Since traveling to Japan, I’ve developed a restless travel bug. I want to appease my travel bug, as well as my love of hiking and nature, with many long distance backpacking trips in the future. My first backpacking trip is planned for August of 2013 – eight days on Isle Royale.