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This Spotlight series recognizes a UW-Fox Valley student’s academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.

Name: Sam Meier Sam

Age: 20

Hometown: Oshkosh

Career program/major: Communications

High School Attended: Fond du Lac High School

UWFox student clubs/organizations: Cru
What led you to choose your program or major?
I have an Instagram page called FVA Notice and I really enjoy it. I’m also very passionate about sports. I looked for a major that would combine those interests, yet still leave me some options for change or new interests through the years.

Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UWFox?
I chose UWFox for its location and price. After I toured the campus, I saw it as a great fit for my style of learning. I could get my general education classes completed for much less than at a four-year university, and live at home while doing it. It has allowed me to complete my first two years of college without any personal debt. That was a huge goal of mine.

Is there someone at UWFox who made a difference in your life or inspired you?
I really enjoyed the time I spent with Professor of History Steven Sheehan. He always took time to help me and made our visits interesting by sharing stories of his own schooling. These stories, along with his lectures, added humor to my day. I really admire him.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UWFox student?
Take advantage of everything. Don’t look at UWFox as a place to go to class and nothing else. Stop in and personally introduce yourself to your professors; they go above and beyond to help you succeed. Take time to get to know new people, and attend the extra events. I liked watching the basketball games. Be a participant during your time at UWFox, not a bystander.

Describe something unexpected that happened here at UWFox.
Getting to know the people in my class so well was an unexpected surprise. I came to UWFox not really knowing anyone and walked away with many new friends.

When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
I love to watch sports, play video games, hang out with friends and family, and I like working out.

What are your plans after UWFox?
I plan to finish my communications degree at UW-Whitewater. I feel that UWFox has prepared me well for the rest of my educational demands.

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


Laurie Krasin