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Lilian Santos

Andrea Milis

"I wanted to be part of a closer group of students who would be able to build relationships with the professors and get to know the faculty on a level not easily achievable in a large school. I found that I could make that happen at UWFox."

Age: 24

Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Current Residence: Appleton, WI

When attended UWFox: Spring 2009 to Summer 2010

Background before UWFox:

I was born in Brazil and moved to the USA (Ohio) in July 1996, eventually relocating to Wisconsin in the summer of 2000. I graduated from Appleton West HS in the spring of 2004.  After graduating from high school I attended UW-Madison for a while before moving to Arizona in February 2005, where I worked as an executive assistant to a land developer. I moved to California in December 2007, and then moved back to Wisconsin in December 2008 to finish my college education.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I experienced being a student in a large university while I was at UW-Madison and realized that I would much prefer a smaller campus. I wanted to be part of a closer group of students who would be able to build relationships with the professors and get to know the faculty on a level not easily achievable in a large school. I found that I could make that happen at UWFox.

Have you chosen a major?

I will be dual-majoring is Special and Elementary Education with three minors in Spanish, Bilingual Education, and ESL (English as a Second Language).

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

I feel as if I’ve discovered a side of me that I never knew existed before. I’m eager to learn and to be here at the campus. The administrative staff at UWFox that I’ve worked with and become close to is filled with incredible people that have given me opportunities I could have never dreamed of. I will always be so thankful and grateful for the experiences and opportunities this campus has brought into my life.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I’ll be transferring to UW-Oshkosh for the Fall 2010 semester. I plan on eventually getting my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, with the possibility of a Ph.D. in the future. I have also considered moving back home to teach at an American School in Brazil.

Are there other interesting things that you’d like to share about yourself?

I enjoy swimming, dancing, being active, and spending time outdoors in nature. Traveling is a passion of mine and I have every intension of more diligently pursuing it when the demands of college are behind me. 

All of the events I’ve been through and each move that I’ve made – whether from one country to another or from state to state - have deeply affected me.

I have a younger sister, Silvia, who is attending UW-Oshkosh and will be graduating with majors and minors similar to mine.

I am inspired by my family and few close friends – they are the most important people in my life. I believe strongly that surrounding yourself with good people can make you a better person.

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