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This Spotlight series recognizes the academic achievements and personal stories of  UWFox students and alumni. Recent grad Shayla is majoring in elementary education and recently earned her Associate Degree.Shayla M

Name: Shayla Mason

Age: 20

Hometown: Appleton

Currently Residing: Winneconne

Career program/major: Elementary Education

High School Attended: Appleton East High School

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UWFox students?

Make use of everything they offer here, such as the writing pad and the math lab. Also, join a few clubs, whether they relate to your major or not!

Why did you choose UWFox?

I chose UWFox because it allowed me to continue my education close to home at an affordable price, and gave me time to decide what I wanted to do with my career without feeling rushed into choosing something. Also, UWFox’s credits transfer to any UW four-year college.

Why did you choose your program/major?

My first year at UWFox, I was unsure of what I wanted to do. Before the start of my third semester here, I thought about teaching. I’ve always loved working with children and valued education, so I decided to take an education class here and join the Education Club. Once I was in that class and the club, I met other students who wanted to be teachers as well, and from then on, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.

What do you plan to do after UWFox?

At the end of the Spring 2017 semester, I earned my Associate of Arts and Science degree and started a new job at a daycare. I am transferring to UW Oshkosh to get my Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and after that, I hope to be teaching my own first-grade classroom!

What is something unexpected or surprising that has happened during your time at UWFox?

One thing that surprised me was finding out what I wanted to do with my career because I thought I’d never figure it out; but after a year at UWFox, I came to the realization that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I was also surprised to get my associate’s degree because I didn’t plan on getting it until planning my last semester here. It helped me get a well-paid job during the summer!

To learn more about beginning one of more than 200 majors at UW-Fox Valley and the options for transfer, call (920) 832-2620 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

UWFox is part of the University of Wisconsin System and one of the 14 freshman/sophomore campuses of the UW Colleges. UWFox offers an Associate of Arts and Science Degree, the foundation to a bachelor’s degree and specialized professional and occupational degrees.


Laurie Krasin