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Kathryn Noll-Arias

Kathryn Noll-Arias

"I’ve found that, even though I’m an adult student, I’ve made MANY friends and enjoy learning from all the students who attend classes with me."

Age: 32

Hometown: Black Creek, WI

Current Residence: Neenah, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2011 to present

Background before UWFox:

I attended Seymour High School and graduated in 1998. While I was in high school I was a member of a drama troupe who had a television show videotaped by a UWFox class. As a high school student I was a volunteer aide at a local elementary school and also volunteered to help my high school teachers who were working with the mentally and physically challenged high school students. Before I started college, I was a volunteer Salvation Army bell ringer and translator for its Christmas gift giving program.  I worked for the Winnebago County Public Health Department for four years and for the Menasha Joint School District for four years.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I started my college education a week after my youngest child started kindergarten.  Being a college student with a family, it was important to me to be close to home. I love UWFox and its small classes!

Have you chosen a major?

I’m presently wishy-washy about choosing a major, though I’m thinking about Spanish, Human Services, and Anthropology as possibilities.

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding?

When I decided to start college, I thought that I would come to college to learn, attend classes and do my homework.  I planned on keeping to myself and keeping my focus on my education.  I’ve found that, even though I’m an adult student, I’ve made MANY friends and enjoy learning from all the students who attend classes with me.  I’m active in the UWFox student government, Spanish club, and I also attend the Campus Crusade for Christ meetings when my schedule allows. I’ve been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, the national academic honor society, and Sigma Kappa Delta, the national honor society for students of English.  I’m a past president of the campus’ Spanish Club and was active in the UWFox Universal Multicultural Asscociation.

What are your career plans after graduation from UWFox

I would like a job that will allow me to pay off my college loans.  I am not specific about my wants now because I believe that God has a path for me and will make it clear to me where He wants me to go as the time gets closer.  I would love a job that allows me to use my Spanish skills as well as maybe traveling a couple times a year.

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

I’m a committee member on the Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee, and have done on-site building for Habitat homes. In addition, I volunteer for Habitat’s holiday gift-wrapping booth and participate in other random Habitat activities, including organizing and recruiting volunteers for a Habitat build project sponsored by my church. I was selected Habitat for Humanity Homeowner of the Year for 2013.

I’ve never had a job that I didn’t like, so I am not concerned about where I will be and if I will be happy with my job once I graduate from college.   I’ve been a mother for almost 11 years and it’s the best job in the world.  Many days it’s stressful for me being a full- time student, mother of three and wife for nearly 12 years.  But I love my life and I’m doing my best to enjoy the journey.  My kids and husband are the best part.  College is great, I love learning and the challenge of getting good grades, but it will never compare to the life I have at home.  No job outside the home will ever bring me the joy that my family does.

(Featured on 4/8/2013)

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