Kyle VonRuden

When Kyle VonRuden ’12, a native of Black River Falls, transferred  to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, he was unsure of what he wanted to major in.

VonRuden had many interests in different subjects. He turned to the English department and found that the major encompassed many of his interests.

“I found it was a good way to study other subjects I was interested in,” VonRuden said. “I got a lot of bang for my buck with the major.”

At UW Oshkosh, he worked at the Writing Center where he helped individuals with personal assignments, résumés and more. VonRuden also worked with international students, helping them to learn English.

Currently, VonRuden works at the Match Charter Public School, an innovative, high-performing free public school in Boston, Mass., which prepares students for success in college and careers. He is working on the planning management side of the nonprofit organization to build a new elementary school.

“The biggest thing I took away from the English major was how to take a ton of information thrown at you and find a way to synthesize it,” VonRuden said.

VonRuden advises current UW Oshkosh students to get involved on campus and create long-lasting friendships.