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.
Name: Tiffany Gaolu Yang
Hometown: Manitowoc, WI
Currently Residing: Appleton, WI
Career program/major: Political Science
High School Attended: Manitowoc Lincoln High School
UWFox student clubs/organizations:
University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Student Affairs Assistant
University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Research Assistant to Dr. Erin DeMuynck
University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Student Government President (2017-2018)
Collegium committees: Steering Committee, Scholarship & Academic Actions Committee, and Staffing Prioritization (2017-2018)
Student Senate committees: Constitution & Bylaws Committee (2017-2018)
Ex-officio member, UW-Fox Valley Foundation Board of Directors and the UW-Fox Valley Board of Trustees (2017-2018)
One of two student representatives serving on the UW Oshkosh Lake Winnebago Region Restructuring Advisory Group
Phi Theta Kappa member
What led you to choose your program or major?
During my third semester at UW-Fox Valley, I took American Government and Politics with Professor George Waller. His classes were intense. I have never been that interested in political science, but Professor Waller's lectures opened a world of new perspectives for me! I always felt that I never fully grasped or understood what was going on in the political world, but Professor Waller provides insight and wisdom to a new subject and world I have always been a bit uneasy about. He's transparent and has motivated me to pursue this path!
Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UWFox?
I decided to attend UW-Fox Valley because I didn't know what I wanted to major in at first. I believed that UW-Fox Valley was a great place to start to complete my general education requirements, and it was a way for me to still be close to home. I've been able to save a ton of money and make many new friends!
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UWFox student?
Be transparent and utilize your resources! If you're struggling in a class, talk to your professor! Let your professor know exactly what material you're struggling with and go to their office hours to receive extra help. In addition, utilize the Learning Resource Center, the Writing Pad, and the Math Tutoring Lab. There are so many free resources available to UW-Fox Valley students that will help you gain knowledge and increase and fine-tune your skills!
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UWFox.
One of my friends invited me to join Ballroom Dancing Club one Friday afternoon, and I can honestly say that it was probably one of the best Fridays I've ever had. We learned how to tango, and I got to meet several other students. I was a bit nervous at first because 1) dancing can be very awkward 2) it's even a little bit more awkward when you don't know who you're dancing with. However, everyone in Ballroom Dancing welcomed me with open arms, and everyone was so patient!
When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
If I'm not at school, I like to go to Hot Yoga at Empower Yoga in downtown Appleton. It's super fun and challenges me during every session that I go to! Plus, I feel so much better afterward, and it helps ease my mind when school can become a bit stressful.
What are your plans after UWFox?
I plan on studying political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison starting with the Fall 2018 semester. After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I intend to go to law school. I am grateful that UW-Fox Valley has provided me with so many opportunities! Because of the work I was able to achieve at UW-Fox Valley, I've been accepted into the UW-Madison Pre-Law Scholars Program where I'll be taking introductory law courses during the month of June 2018 from real law professors! This is an all-inclusive program and will provide me the tools and skills I need to prepare myself for law school.