Name: Kevin Kropp
Major: Human Resources and Speech Communication
Hometown: Oshkosh, Wis.
1. Why did you choose UW Oshkosh?
I chose UW Oshkosh because it was a good size school that had a variety of Majors to choose from that I was interested in. I knew a few people who were already students at UWO and the spoke highly of their experience. I was also able to keep working my jobs that I had at the time. It was just a good fit, overall.
2. What will you take away from your time here, other than a degree?
The importance of getting involved and seizing opportunities. I was able to do a lot of different activities and get involved with some great student clubs and organizations. I was able to gain a great global perspective from studying abroad in Greece and Australia and doing a volunteer trip to Honduras. There were so many things along the way that were awesome. I take away some great experiences, the memories that came with, and greater knowledge of myself as a person.
3. Tell us about your favorite class or your favorite professor at UW Oshkosh.
All of the professors I had in both of my majors were fantastic. There are three worth mentioning: Stephen McCabe, Gary Adams, and Lori Carrell. Stephen McCabe's Modern American Literature class was one of my favorite courses. Gary Adams made me interested in Human Resources after I had him for Essentials of HR. He's the reason I wanted to pick up a second major. Finally, Lori Carrell's Advanced Public Speaking class is one of the best courses I've taken. I grew so much as a public speaker throughout the semester and by the end of it I saw a vast improvement over where I was at the start of the semester.
4. What advice would you give incoming freshmen about making the most of their time here at UW Oshkosh?
Finding the right balance between doing course work and getting involved with organizations. Doing well in courses is very important, but there are so many great things to get involved during your time at UW Oshkosh.
Kevin Kropp's Speech (audio-only podcast)
(Photo by Shawn McAfee of the Learning Technologies at UW Oshkosh.)