Student Spotlight: Claire Crocker

By UW-Fox Valley

Claire found she enjoyed math classes in high school which has led to her major in industrial engineering. She recently transferred back to UWFox so she could continue her coursework and save money. She plans to complete her degree at UW Madison.

This Spotlight series recognizes a UW-Fox Valley student's academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.Claire C

Name: Claire Crocker

Age: 20

Hometown: Clintonville, WI

Career program/major: Industrial Engineering

High School Attended: Clintonville High School

What led you to choose your program or major?

I chose industrial engineering because I really enjoyed taking math classes in high school. I also had somewhat of an interest in business. During my research of majors, I discovered that industrial engineering encompassed my interest in math and also included aspects of business.

Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UWFox?

This past semester I moved home so I could save money to continue my education. Taking classes from UWFox was a good way for me to continue my schooling while working two jobs. The environment at this institution is very supportive and flexible, which I really appreciated.

Is there someone at UWFox who made a difference in your life or inspired you?

All the professors I’ve met have cumulatively made a difference. Specifically the option of online courses has allowed me to have flexibility in my daily schedule, and all the professors are extremely helpful and accessible. UWFox has a great online program as well as on campus courses, and both of these options has been very useful to my education.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UWFox student?

Take advantage of the smaller community size at UWFox. The teachers and faculty are so helpful, and they are always looking for ways to improve the education of their students. Don’t be afraid to go to them for any question you might have.

Describe something unexpected that happened here at UWFox.

This spotlight nomination was probably the most unexpected thing that happened to me here at UWFox. I didn’t even know this recognition existed, and I am extremely grateful to be a part of it. My professors at UWFox, especially Professor Jill Halverson, have really encouraged me to keep my goals high and do well. I truly appreciate the time I’ve had here.

When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?

As earlier mentioned, I currently work two jobs. I am a lifeguard and work at a video store. I also keep myself busy by participating in the newVoices community choir in Appleton. I also enjoy exercising and am currently training to run the Bellin 10k this summer.

What are your plans after UWFox?

This fall I plan to return to UW Madison to continue in the Industrial Engineering program. My goal is to graduate in the spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree.

Learn more about transferring to or from UWFox. For more information or to speak with an advisor, call 920-832-2620. 


Laurie Krasin