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Mark Trunk

Mark Trunk

“I was really proud to make the dean’s list, and part of that was because I was able to connect with my professors and really learn the material in classes.”

Age: 20, sophomore

Hometown: Appleton, Appleton East High School

Current program: Business

Why did you choose UWFox?

I chose UWFox, like many students do, partly because it’s close to home and the tuition cost is so low. There were also a lot of scholarships available—I received the Johnson Bank Scholarship from the UW-Fox Valley Foundation and that was helpful. I also thought it would be a bonus to get my associate degree, and as I’m about to graduate I’m glad that I’ll have that to put on my resume.

What makes UWFox special to you?

There are a lot of good instructors, and in my experience they’ve always been willing to answer questions and explain things thoroughly. I feel like I’ve known all of my professors pretty well. I was really proud to make the dean’s list, and part of that was because I was able to connect with my professors and really learn the material in classes.

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

I’m a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the tennis team and the new Fox Business Club. I also work part-time at Copps Food Center. If I’m not busy with school or work, I’m usually either playing or watching sports.  

What is your favorite class and why?

Two classes that stood out in my time at UWFox were Sports Management with Michelle Pietrzak and Andrea Butler and Pop Culture in the Media with Frances Perkins. I was already interested in the topics of both classes, and I liked that they were discussion-style where you could talk out your ideas and learn from your classmates.

What do you plan to do after UWFox?

After graduating from UWFox I’m transferring to UW Oshkosh, where I want to study marketing, finance or something related to supply chain management. I’m not certain of what direction I want to take yet, but I’m interested in a lot of different aspects of business. My plan is to participate in internships before I graduate to gain experience and find what interests me most.

What is your dream job after graduation?

My ultimate dream job would be to own a professional sports team! I’m a big sports fan, especially football.

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

Go to the tutoring services labs! I used the writing lab, math lab and business lab through the past four semesters, and it made me a better student. The Writing Pad director, Christina Cavaco, was great about helping me organize and outline my ideas to improve my writing skills. The people at tutoring services are really supportive and helpful, not intimidating.

 

 

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