“I think the most important thing that UWFox has taught me is the value of being an active member of one’s community.”
Hometown: Neenah, WI
Current residence: Neenah, WI
When attended UWFox: Fall 2007- Spring 2010
Background before UWFox:
“I graduated from Neenah HS in spring 2003. After high school I worked as a daycare teacher for three and a half years. I really loved the job, because I loved working with kids and every day was different. Having a direct effect on children and the way they look at life is such a meaningful and worthwhile experience; it helped me realize I wanted to return to school so I could work within the education system. I’ve never had the opportunity to travel outside the United States and for the most part I’m a small town girl. I’ve traveled all over Wisconsin as well as the surrounding states though. I love the landscape of the Midwest. During my first year at UWFox I took a road trip to Texas to visit a student who had transferred to Texas A&M, which was a blast. I never knew 23 hours of driving could be so much fun. One of the things I loved about Texas is that the city we were in, College Station, reminded me of the Fox Valley. I also recently traveled to Georgia by car and driving through the mountains in Kentucky was a beautiful experience.”
Why did you choose UWFox?
“I came to UWFox because I wanted to remain in the Fox Valley and it was my closest option. My cousin and a few of my friends had gone to UWFox before I decided to return to school and I heard that it was a great place to start.”
Have you chosen a major?
“I always knew that English was the major for me. I have a passion for words, whether I am writing them or reading them. During my first year at UWFox I had my first experience with philosophy and fell in love all over again, so I decided to double major in English and Philosophy.”
What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?
“Every professor I’ve had at UWFox has taught me something valuable. Even classes that I was just taking to fill my requirements have taught me more than I expected. I almost got pulled into a science major after taking one class here at the campus. If I could have squeezed it in, I would have. I think the most important thing that UWFox has taught me is the value of being an active member of one’s community. Through the clubs and organizations I was involved in, I was able to voice my opinion and take part in making decisions that improved our campus and the lives of the students attending UWFox. I helped raise money for scholarships, started the school literary magazine with a handful of other students, and rose to leadership positions in many clubs I was involved in. It really nurtured a proactive attitude towards my community that I feel everyone should have.”
What are your career plans after UWFox?
“After UWFox I will finish my bachelor’s degree in English at UW Oshkosh or UW-Madison, then move on to my master’s degree. Although I’m not sure if I will specialize in linguistics, library science, or literature for my master’s degree it will certainly be in the English field.”
Other interesting things you’d like to share?
“One of my favorite clubs that I became involved in at UWFox was the Dungeons and Dragons Club, which I eventually became the “Overlord” of during my last year. Although the Writer’s Club and Cyclone’s Muse were important clubs too, the D&D Club was pure fun and offered a great way for myself and other students to relax on campus. Everyone has a little nerd in them and it was fun to see other students and even professors take interest in the game.The student literary magazine, Cyclone’s Muse, was a major accomplishment for me. Before this magazine, UWFox didn’t have a publication geared only towards students and I think many students have benefitted from its creation. It has helped to build students’ confidence in their work and given them a drive to get it published so that the world can see what beautiful things they can create with their art and their words. The thankful e-mails I have gotten from students who have had their work published or have won prizes for their contributions will be cherished by me forever.”