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Garrett DeCleene

Garrett DeCleene

“If it weren’t for UWFox, I would have never experienced the opportunities I have had thus far...”

Age: 20

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Current residence: Menasha, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2008 to present

Background before UWFox:

In 2008, I graduated from Appleton East High School. I still keep in touch with a few of my teachers. My father, a Vietnam veteran, passed away when I was young, and my mother raised my three siblings and me, while going to college to become a nurse. She is an inspiration to me. I have traveled all over the United States, with Colorado and Florida being my favorite places visit.

Why did you choose UW Fox?

Given the choice of any Wisconsin college or university, the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley was not my first choice. In retrospect, coming here was easily the greatest decision I’ve made. If it weren’t for UWFox, I would have never experienced the opportunities I have had thus far … opportunities that have shaped my character, my views, and my knowledge.

Have you chosen a major?

When I first began my college life, I wanted to major in Architecture. Unfortunately, I now find myself unsure of what I want to do. I am currently a Journalism major, though I love Sociology and English. I have yet to rule Education out, as well.

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

The faculty and staff that make up UWFox are among the best in the state, in my opinion. They are personable and always find time to meet with students. UWFox also has a smaller student population than the larger four-year UW campuses, which makes getting involved on campus much easier.

What are your career plans after UW Fox?

If I decide to follow my current path, I hope to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and cover international media. If Sociology or English wins out, I would want to earn a Ph.D. or Master’s Degree and possibly look into becoming a college professor. No matter the decision, I just hope to have a job that makes a difference.

Other interesting things you’d like to share?

At UWFox, getting involved has always been a priority for me. After a year of being the editor of The Fox Journal, the campus’ student newspaper, I chose to serve as the graphic editor this year.  At the campus’ Writing Center, I tutor fellow classmates. This year, my hope is to get involved with Circle K International and the Student Association.

I have been a part of Festival Foods Frozen Food/Dairy department for four years, and I am the evening supervisor of the department. When I’m not working or doing homework, I enjoy listening to music, discing, and hiking.


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