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Laura Schlichting

Laura Schlichting

“I think the best part about UWFox is that diversity is a huge goal around the campus.  The Scholars Series has brought some fascinating speakers to us that discuss topics such as algae blooms in lakes and the religious views of Catholics versus Buddhists.”

Age: 19

Hometown:Gladstone, MI

Current residence: Little Chute, WI

When attended UWFox:Fall of 2011 – Spring 2013

Background before UWFox:

I attended Appleton West High School and the Renaissance School for the Arts and graduated from high school in 2011. I actually didn’t start working until the summer after I graduated.  I was very involved in theatre during high school, and too much of my time was devoted to rehearsals and studying that I wasn’t able to have a job during high school. The summer after my sophomore year of high school (2009), my family hosted an exchange student from Spain.  Her name was Alba and she stayed with my family for five weeks in June and July.  The best part of her visit was that she was able to participate in the Summer Shakespeare Theatre program with me.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after high school.  I knew I wanted to go to college, but I was having trouble choosing a major.  My parents had suggested that I go to UWFox.  I am kind of stubborn and I didn’t really want to take my parents’ advice, but I knew that UWFox would be a much cheaper option to get my general education classes done.  It has also given me an opportunity to stay at home with my family and reconnect with some old friends from high school who also attend UWFox.

Have you chosen a major?

I’m going to double major in Theatre and English with a minor in Library Sciences.

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

I think the best part about UWFox is that diversity is a huge goal around the campus.  The Scholars Series has brought some fascinating speakers to us that discuss topics such as algae blooms in lakes and the religious views of Catholics versus Buddhists.  There is also a strong LBGT group on campus and I really enjoyed that the campus hosted a Drag Show to expose students to something new.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I’m planning to attend UW-Eau Claire in the fall 2013 to start my double major.  After Eau Claire, I would like to move to Nashville to find some work in the theatre world down there.  Eventually, I would like to go back to college to get my master’s degree in Library Sciences.

Other interesting things you’d like to share?

My biggest passion in life is Shakespeare.  For the past seven summers, I’ve been involved with the Summer Shakespeare Theatre Program at Appleton North High School.  I’ve been an actress in the program, and last summer I got to be an assistant director.  I love learning about Shakespeare and his plays and realizing just how relevant all of the themes of his plays still are today.  One of my goals is to visit the Globe Theatre in London and see a show there before I die. 

(Featured on 5/6/2013)

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