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Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

“I learned that it’s possible to juggle several things at a time and do them well if you put your mind to it and keep an organized schedule.”

Age: 19

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Current residence: Appleton, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2011 to present

Background before UWFox:

I went to high school at Appleton North and graduated in 2011.  I was a part of the crew for “Bums In Paradise” hot air ballooning in Appleton, and am currently employed at American Eagle Outfitters.  For spring and summer breaks during the time I was 13-17 years old I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to and play in AAU basketball tournaments. I’ve been to places like Cancun, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, North & South Carolina, Missouri, and Illinois. Traveling could someday be a hobby of mine, and is something I enjoy very much.

Why did you choose UWFox?

Going to college at UWFox is a great way to find out what kind of college subjects are interesting to me so I can start planning my future, and allows me to could keep working during the school year.

Have you chosen a major?

I haven’t declared a major yet, but I’m very interested in athletic training and physical therapy.

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

I learned that it’s possible to juggle several things at a time and do them well if you put your mind to it and keep an organized schedule.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I have many interests and I still haven’t figured my whole plan out. I am very interested in biology and kinesiology, while on the other hand I also enjoy my job in retail at American Eagle. The best of both worlds would be sports marketing or something along those lines, and while in college if I can continue having an active role in athletics that would be a blessing.

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

When I tore my ACL in high school I became aware of how short of a window of opportunity there truly is between being successful and average. I had an abundance of guidance through my rehabilitation process and every word of encouragement stuck with me.  “Athletics are a microcosm to life” is what I’ve been told by countless coaches and mentors. Until I was out of high school and took a look back I never quite understood their wisdom as much as I do now. For that I owe a large portion of the way I carry myself to those valuable lessons. During the academic year I teach Sunday School with my grandmother at Faith Lutheran Church in Appleton, and I try to remain active in our community by helping out Coach Lee Rabas [UWFox men’s basketball coach] with basketball camps. My family is the greatest support group that I have and I’m blessed to have such caring and loving parents. Although I’ve only been with Coach Rabas for one year he has stressed the importance of doing things the right way, and never leaving a job unfinished. I look forward to learning more by experience and also from the guidance of the large number of people who have the best interest of Fox Cities’ youth in mind.


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