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Kateline Brietzke

Kateline Brietzke

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every course I’ve taken, and every professor that I’ve experienced at UWFox. I’m also becoming actively involved in campus activities, which is something I never considered while in high school."

Age: 19

Hometown: Neenah, WI

Current Residence: Neenah, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2011 to present

Background before UWFox:

I went to Neenah High School and graduated in March, 2011. While in high school I worked at Subway in Neenah, and continue to work there while in college. I hope to become a shift manager soon.  I’ve been to several states including California, Nevada, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.  My most favorite state is California.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I had heard a lot of good things about UWFox.  It’s a great start for college, it’s close to home, and everyone is friendly and welcoming.

Have you chosen a major?

I love the outdoors and animals. I’m majoring in Environmental Sciences and Wildlife Ecology. I also enjoy writing, so I may combine my interest in writing with my interest in the sciences.

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding?

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every course I’ve taken, and every professor that I’ve experienced at UWFox. I’m also becoming actively involved in campus activities, which is something I never considered while in high school. I really enjoy all the people I’ve met at UWFox as well as the connections I’ve made by becoming more involved at the campus. I’m currently involved with the UWFox “Student’s for Sustainability,” and I’m looking to join both the Biology Club and the Writers’ Club with the upcoming fall semester. I’ll also be working as a front desk assistant in the Student Services office.

What are your career plans after graduation from UWFox

I plan to transfer to either UW-Oshkosh or UW-Stevens Point to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Sciences. I have a strong love for the ocean and hope to take my environmental sciences degree to the coast where I would like to work with the marine life. My goal is to work with a group that focuses on coastal clean-up and raising awareness as to how our pollution is affecting aquatic life. I would also like to find new and innovative ways to keep our planet clean and reduce or eliminate our current pollution problems.

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

I’m the first person in my family who will obtain a degree from a university. I’m most proud of myself for overcoming the endless obstacles and struggles I’ve faced in my life. I’m also putting myself through college.  I’ve learned that there are many individuals who care a great deal about the students at this campus, that it’s okay for a student to ask for help, and that if you set your mind to anything, no matter the circumstances that may surround you, you can do it, and create a promising future for yourself. This campus is not only leading me to a future degree and career, but making me a stronger person and giving me the strength and guidance I need to stay on the right track. I honestly believe that individuals who have faced some of the hardest struggles in life can pick themselves up and move forward. As cheesy as it may sound, this campus and the individuals who are a part of it, have given me the tools I need to make a great life for myself.

Besides my involvement on campus, I work at subway and help tutor for sociology. I am a very family oriented person and spend a lot of time at cookouts or watching the Brewer games with my dad and Grandpa. Other than that I like to spend time outdoors and swim, have bon fires, or go to some of the local nature preserves when I have time. I am currently looking into a volunteer project with one of the nature preserves where I would assist in trail maintenance and other projects.

 

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