Brandon began his college education close to home at UW-Fond du Lac and found the small classes were right for him. Now a UW Oshkosh student, his goal is to stay in Wisconsin and be a teacher.
Name: Brandon Curtis
Hometown: Lomira, WI
Transferred to: Currently a student at UW-Oshkosh.
College Major: Physical Education/Health Education/Adapted PE K-12
Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Fond du Lac?
I chose to go to UW-Fond du Lac because I had ideas about what I wanted to do, but wasn’t sure how to obtain those goals. I decided to stay close to home, do my general education courses and save some money. The small classroom sizes really helped my decision as well because I am from a smaller high school (Lomira).
What led you to choose your program or major?
Physical Education has always been something I have wanted to do in. I fit most of the stereotype that goes with being a PE teacher. I love wearing sweats/shorts majority of the days throughout the year, but I also love sports, it is my favorite thing to be around, whether it is playing basketball, watching it on TV, talking about it with people or coaching it!
Is there a professor or staff member at UW-Fond du Lac who made a difference in your life or inspired you?
Two professors that I would like to mention are Lee Watson and Dr. Kayoung Kim. Watson was my favorite professor when I was there because of the type of classes he taught. Those ultimately helped lead me down the PE/health education field; he was also my boss when I worked on campus at the Fitness Center and at athletic events. Dr. Kim was a professor that absolutely helped me with so much and helped me realize how to be passionate about your job and what you want in life. I still have a personal relationship with both of these amazing people, and I cannot thank them enough for helping me shape my future.
What stands out to you about your time as a student at UW-Fond du Lac?
Just being able to be myself with the new people I met. I was a student before they had on campus housing and it isn’t as easy to make friends, but I managed just fine. I met some of my best friends there and I will always be grateful for this place.
What’s your best piece of advice for an incoming UW-Fond du Lac student?
My advice to the future students that are considering attending UW-Fond du Lac is just be yourself. Be involved with clubs or get a job on campus, but don’t ever be afraid to ask questions of professors, advisors, whoever it may be that comes onto campus. The experience at UW-Fond du Lac will change your life.
What are your future career plans?
Graduating in the spring of 2020 from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. I hope to find a teaching job in the state of Wisconsin, and start my life here, and coach basketball!