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Ashley Turner

Green Bay, WI

“UWFox’s small campus setting provides a great opportunity to get to know the professors, which makes becoming comfortable talking to professors easier.”

Age: 26

Hometown: Jamestown, North Dakota

Current residence: Green Bay, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2009-Spring 2012

Background before UWFox

I graduated from Neenah HS in spring 2004.  During my sophomore year in high school, and over the next six years, I worked as a dishwasher for two different country clubs.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I didn’t attend college right after high school because I had no idea what career I wanted. I did end up attending cosmetology school and worked in the salon industry for a few years. I still felt like I wanted to do more and wanted to go back to college but still had no idea what to major in. I ended up working for a local factory and after a couple of unsatisfying years I decided I had to go back to college because it was the only way I would end up with a career I was passionate about, even if I had no clue what that career was. I chose UWFox because it had been a few years since I had taken any classes and I felt UWFox’s small campus would provide a great transition into college life for a non-traditional, adult student like me. The tuition, location, and Guaranteed Transfer Program were also a big part in my decision since I was still completely undecided about the focus of my studies.

Have you chosen a major?

Human Biology with a health science emphasis and Chemistry.

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

UWFox’s small campus setting provides a great opportunity to get to know the professors, which makes becoming comfortable talking to professors easier. That has been an important step in my college career because the first few times I walked into a professor’s office were some of the most nerve racking experiences of college for me. As I got to know many of the natural science faculty well enough to feel completely at ease talking to them, I found that feeling carried over to the professors of my other classes. I’ve found that the ability to create those relationships has helped me greatly and will be an invaluable resource that I may have missed out on at a larger campus. The campus provides many opportunities for students including research, which was why I chose my career. I had never even considered the prospect of pursuing a career in research until I was offered the chance to work on Dr. Kroening’s biology-related research project. The faculty and staff at UWFox take the time to get to know the students and are so sincere about helping any student that is willing to put in the work to succeed, not just in their class but also in the student’s college career and beyond. The process of making such large life-long decisions can be overwhelming and the insight readily given to me from all of my professors has helped tremendously.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I’ll be transferring up to UW-Green Bay to finish my bachelor’s degree. I’m hoping to work with one of the research groups at UW-Green Bay in order to expand my experiences in my field. Once I finish my bachelor’s degree, I’ll either take the opportunity to work in the field of human health-related research or continue on to my doctorate and earn a Ph.D.

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

This May I finished my Associate of Arts and Science Degree at UWFox with an emphasis in chemistry and received the Biology Department’s annual Service Award.  I got married in June, and we bought our first house in July. So far 2012 has been a crazy year of new and exciting experiences for me and I’ve been enjoying every moment of it. This summer I’m currently working for the UWFox Biology Department to gain experience working in a biology lab. I’ve had the opportunity to work with the campus’ chemistry lab technician on the “Organic Boot Camp” lab set-ups. It was a wonderful chance to get a feel for working in a chemistry lab. During this past spring semester a few of my classmates and I also had the chance to display our research at the annual UW System “Posters in the Rotunda” exhibit at the state capitol in Madison. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my college career.

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