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Riley Hietpas

Riley Hietpas

“Even though UWFox is a smaller campus than the larger four-year UW universities, it offers a wide variety of classes for me to take to help myself find my interests and determine a major.”

Age: 19

Hometown: Little Chute, WI

Current residence: Little Chute, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2012 to present

Background before UWFox:

I graduated from Little Chute HS in 2012 and I started working in a small restaurant when I was 15.  My first job there was pouring coffee and then eventually I started waiting on tables.  After the restaurant was sold, I worked as a cashier in a grocery store until I started my college education at UWFox. I’ve done some traveling with my family and have been to Florida, Chicago, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, St. Louis, Alabama, and New Orleans.  I enjoy visiting and learning about different parts of the country.  Although I don’t have a specific place in mind, I would like to travel to other parts of the world as well.

Why did you choose UWFox?

There are many factors that led to my decision to attend UWFox.  Since I was unsure of a major to choose for myself, I wasn’t ready to make a decision on which four-year university I wanted to attend. I figured I might as well go to UWFox before making a decision since I have to take general classes to begin with anyway.  Having divorced parents, I’m on my own for paying tuition.  With the lowest tuition of all of the UW campuses and being close to my home, UWFox seemed like the perfect place to start my college education.

Have you chosen a major?

I’m presently undecided on a major and haven’t chosen one yet. Right now I’m considering something like business/marketing, but I haven’t really ruled anything out yet.

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

Everyone at UWFox is so friendly.  The faculty and staff are hard-working and always willing to help.  The small class sizes have allowed me to get to know more people individually.  Even though UWFox is a smaller campus than the larger four-year UW universities, it offers a wide variety of classes for me to take to help myself find my interests and determine a major.  Professors often times know the names of the students in their classes, and they are willing to work with me one- on-one if I need extra help.  UWFox has been a great transition for me from high school to college.  I still have the freedom of any other college student, but I don’t feel overwhelmed by all of the changes that can come with some of the bigger campuses.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I haven’t yet chosen a major and don’t presently have specific career plans.  I’m planning on transferring to a four-year university after I complete two years at UWFox.  I would like to eventually find a career where I can be successful working with people and computers, as well as helping others.

Other interesting things about yourself that you’d like to share?

I have a job on campus working in Campus Services.  Making copies, sorting mail, and answering the phone are just a few of my duties.  I like that I’ve had the opportunity to meet and build relationships with the faculty, staff and great people that stop by the office where I work. I’ve spent a lot of time volunteering throughout the time I was in middle school and high school.  In middle school, some of my friends and I organized benefit carnivals for kids with health problems.  I was a member of Key Club and Student Council while I was in high school.  Volunteering my time to help others has been a great way to have fun and get to know other people.  I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends and am fortunate to have them there to support me whenever I need them.

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