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Melissa Gilmore

Amy Knuth

"I recently returned from a 10-day study abroad course in Italy where I studied art and earth science.  It was an amazing experience as well as an excellent opportunity."

Age: 19

Hometown: Neenah

Current residence: Neenah

When attended UWFox: Fall 2008 – Spring 2010.  I am transferring to UW-Madison in the fall of 2010 through the “Madison Connections Program.”

Background before UWFox

Graduated from Neenah High, 2008

Why UWFox?

“UW-Madison offered me the opportunity to participate in the ‘Madison Connections Program,’ which means I’ve already been accepted as a UW-Madison student but take all of my classes at UWFox for my first two years of college, and then transfer to UW-Madison to complete my bachelor’s degree. “

“The Connections Program is a wonderful opportunity provided by the UW Colleges.  It has allowed me to be a UW-Madison student, at the UWFox price and on the UWFox campus.”

“I chose UWFox because it seemed like a great place to begin my college career, and it is.  The classroom sizes are much smaller than many other universities, and this has allowed me to form close relationships with many of my professors.  Here, I get to know the faculty better and they do more than teach me curriculum, they help me grow.”

Have you chosen a major?

“I’m majoring in International Studies. I really like to travel and especially enjoy the environmental aspect of my major. I’d eventually like to work for the Peace Corps or a philanthropic organization. “

 What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding?

“I really enjoyed a literature course I recently took. I’ve also taken language courses in French and Italian. I recently returned from a 10-day study abroad course in Italy where I studied art and earth science.  It was an amazing experience as well as an excellent opportunity.”

What are your career plans after graduation from UWFox?

“I’ll graduate from UWFox and then transfer to Madison in 2010. While I expect to graduate from UW-Madison in 2012, my plans are pretty open right now. It’s a dream of mine to study abroad for a semester or maybe even a year if I’m able to.  UW-Madison has many great study abroad programs around the world.”

“The way I see it, not many adults I know have chosen a career path that fits their major.  The International Studies major at UW-Madison is a liberal arts major, and provides me with a lot of options for my future.  That's the way I like it."

Other activities and accomplishments

“I’ve been serving as a campus ambassador, which is a great opportunity for me to get involved in campus events, meet new people, and learn more about the campus in general.”
“I’m an active member of Phi Theta Kappa [academic honor society] and am currently the President of Sigma Kappa Delta, the English honor society for two year campuses.” 
“I’m also highly involved with my church.  I just got back from doing mission work on a Reservation in northern Wisconsin.  Currently we’re planning a mission trip to Senegal Africa in 2010 and I am very excited about it.”

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