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Ja Ia Thao

Ja Ia Thao

“...one of the best things about UWFox is that the small class sizes allow you to get to know your professors, so you feel comfortable asking for help when you need it.”

Age: 20, sophomore

Hometown: Appleton, Appleton East High School

Current program: Nursing

Why did you choose UWFox?

I chose UWFox to help me ease into the college experience. It is convenient because my parents live five minutes away, and I am living with them right now. Going to UWFox also saves me a lot of money on tuition!

Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time?

I have started connecting with the new multicultural coordinator, Fabiola Navarro. It’s nice to have that connection on campus, and I’ve made new friends by joining the UWFox Universal Multicultural Club. Recently, some of us attended the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) Conference at Ohio State University. Hundreds of students from around the Midwest attended, so it was a very cool experience. One of the sessions I attended was about how Asian American culture views disabilities. I’m interested in working in disability care in the future, so this was a great learning opportunity.

What is your favorite class and why?

My favorite class so far has been Philosophy, because it’s interesting to question questions and discuss topics at a deeper level than you would in everyday conversation or in a lot of other classroom experiences. Dr. Evan Krieder taught the class, and he made it fun and broke down complex concepts so that it was easy to understand them. 

What do you plan to do after UWFox?

After graduating from UWFox, I plan to transfer to UW Oshkosh and study nursing. At that point, I’d also like to move from Appleton to Oshkosh.

What is your dream job after graduation?

I really admire my sister, who is a nurse, and I have been a caregiver for family members, so I’m very interested in the medical field. Right now I’m still doing my general education credits, but after I get into my nursing classes I think I’ll have a better idea of what my ideal job would be.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UWFox students?

Prepare for a lot of essays. The workload in college is a lot different than in high school, but one of the best things about UWFox is that the small class sizes allow you to get to know your professors, so you feel comfortable asking for help when you need it.

 

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