This Spotlight series recognizes a UWFox student's academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.
Name: Kayleigh Burzynski
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Career program/major: Elementary Education
Why did you choose UWFox?
I chose UWFox because I knew that the class sizes are a lot smaller than what I would get at a four-year university. I really value the smaller class sizes because I feel as if I learn more and can work at a faster pace. Another couple of things that factored into my decision to start at Fox - the campus is only about 10 minutes from my house and all of my credits will transfer easily.
Why did you choose your program/major?
Throughout my schooling before entering college, I would think to myself, "If I were a teacher, I would..." This led me to making the decision that I wanted to become a teacher so that I could do those things. I also want to make as much of an influence on students as some of my previous teachers made on me. I truly believe that teachers make such a huge impact on students and can help shape them to become successful adults.
In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
I spend most of my free time working as a server at Buffalo Wild Wings in Appleton. In addition to that, my boyfriend and I like going to Timber Rattler games, going swimming and mini golfing when it's nice out.
What do you plan to do after UWFox?
After finishing the spring semester at UWFox, I plan to transfer to UW Oshkosh to begin my core classes for my degree. Once I graduate from UW Oshkosh, I'm hoping that I can stay local and get a teaching job somewhere in the Fox Cities.
What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UWFox students?
My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure that you are communicating with your professors. Every professor I've had has been incredibly understanding of anything that has come up. Adding onto the communication advice, make sure that you take advantage of your professors’ office hours. They are there to help you and answer any questions you have!
What is something unexpected or surprising that has happened during your time at UWFox?
During one of the semester picnics, I walked outside to see there were a few carnival rides the school had reserved for the day. I never expected something like that to be offered at such a small school. Another surprising thing for me was that the cafeteria food is actually really good. I would eat from there every day if I could because the chicken tenders are great!
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