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James Krych

James Krych

“The wide variety of people that I have met at UWFox is amazing.  Some of the smartest people I know have been in the same classes as me.”


Hometown: Appleton, WI

Current residence: Appleton, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2007 - Present

Background before UWFox

For all four years of high school, I attended an online school that was based out of California.  So in layman terms, I was home schooled.  This allowed me to work more during high school and I found that it gave more freedom in my personal life to work and save up for my first car.  My first job was at a health club were I taught tennis and was a tennis racket technician.  I graduated in the Spring 2007 and was enrolled at UW Fox the Fall 2007 semester.

Why did you choose UWFox?

UWFox allowed me to stay at home and ease into the college experience.  The campus also offered me a path into a mechanical engineering major which is what I knew I wanted to pursue.  I feel many students who travel to a college have a difficult time handling the initial shock of it.  Starting college at a two-year university takes this “shock” factor out of the collegiate experience and will allow you to better adjust to college life.

Have you chosen a major?

Mechanical Engineering

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

The wide variety of people that I have met at UWFox is amazing.  Some of the smartest people I know have been in the same classes as me.  Also, the small class sizes at UWFox are great.  I hear about the class sizes at some campuses like UW-Madison and I realize how good we actually have it here.  Also, I work a full-time job and can only attend class as a part-time student.  UWFox’s collaborative engineering program with UW-Platteville allows me to pursue my bachelor’s degree part time through evening classes at the UWFox campus.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

Currently I work for Hewlett Packard as a Printer Technician in their Inkjet High-Speed Production Solutions (IHPS) Division.  This job includes a lot of mechanical, electrical, and computer troubleshooting skills.  After I earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, I hope to continue to work for HP as a project manager and then one day start my own engineering business.

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

I’m currently engaged and will be getting married to my wonderful finance this August.  She is attending UW-Green Bay and working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in English. We can’t wait to start our life together.  I also just started up a small local computer repair business and have flyers posted at UWFox.  Sometimes college students and other consumers just need someone to put computers in simple terms and fix them at a fair price.  That is why I started up my own little company.

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