Student Spotlight: Erika Cortes - UW Oshkosh Today
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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.Erika C

Name: Erika Cortés

Career program/major: Human Resources

Hometown: Menasha

Currently Residing: Kaukauna

Age: 35

UW-Fox Valley student clubs/organizations: Student worker in Student Affairs and Campus Services; Biology Tutor; President of CAB (Campus Activities Board); Member of Ballroom Dance Club

What led you to choose your program or major?

After working in management for years, just prior to enrolling, I was passed up for a position. I decided I needed to get my degree in an area where I had experience.

Why did you decide to become a student at UW-Fox Valley?

After reviewing and comparing tuition, UW-Fox Valley was incredibly the best. I grew up in this area and loved it. The tuition just made my choice easier.

Is there someone at UW-Fox Valley who made a difference in your life or inspired you?

Priscilla Losselyong, who works in the student affairs office, has been a lifesaver. Right before spring classes, I had eye surgery that limited my vision drastically. Priscilla not only made me feel comfortable in seeking help and always welcome to just stop by, she also helped me get a job as a student worker on campus for this semester. I am thankful for her and Jenean Hodge.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Fox Valley student?

Never be afraid to ask for help. Everyone here is always happy and willing to help. From professors to campus staff, and even other students.

Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Fox Valley.

I became president of CAB, the Campus Activities Board. I have always been a little hesitant about joining in, but the clubs here are really inviting and instantly treat you like you belong. The first club I joined was ballroom dance.

When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?

My little family of three. I love to cook and watch movies. Taking care of my dog, cooking, and dancing are probably my guilty pleasures in life. I put chores and errands aside for them in an instant.

What are your plans after UW-Fox Valley?

I will be transferring to a University of Wisconsin four-year college. Hopefully, I will land an internship, and eventually land a great job.

To learn more about returning to school to earn a college degree, call (920) 832-2620 to schedule an appointment with an advisor. More than 25% of our students are over the age of 22.


Laurie Krasin