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Kaylah Portmann

Kaylah Portmann

"Don’t underestimate the importance of , don’t be intimidated by your professors because they’re here to help you, and be sure to interact with other people. "

Age: 24

Hometown: Chilton, graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School

Current program: Science, genetics emphasis

Why did you choose UW-Fox Valley?

The timing to continue my education was right, and UWFox fits my lifestyle as a full-time, nontraditional student with a job. The location, low tuition and the distinguished professors were all factors in my choice. My professors at UWFox are always accessible and I’ve had great mentorship relationships with many of them.

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

I enjoy working with youth in the community as a mentor, and I’m passionate about studying languages. I’m currently learning Arabic, and right after I lived in Spain for a year and improved my Spanish. Speaking the language of a country allows you to experience the culture on a very rewarding level.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

Dr. Dubear Kroening is always available for and is a great teacher. He highly encourages critical thinking skills and teaches in a practical, real-world way so students can apply the classroom concepts.

What do you plan to do after UWFox?

I hope to transfer on, possibly to UW-Oshkosh or UW-Green Bay and then go on to get my master’s degree in science/genetics, possibly at UW-Madison.

What is your dream job after graduation?

My dream job would be working as a genetic counselor, and then go on to get my Ph.D. so I can become a professor, teach and do research. I’m also interested in and using my language skills in the Doctors Without Borders program.

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

Don’t underestimate the importance of , don’t be intimidated by your professors because they’re here to help you, and be sure to interact with other people. Some of the best memories and lessons come within these interactions, so don’t be afraid to interact with your classmates.

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