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: Angela Greco
Hometown: New Bern, North Carolina
Currently Residing: Appleton, Wisconsin
Career program/major: Psychology; specifically, school psychology
High School Attended: Appleton West High School and Renaissance School for the Arts
UW-Fox Valley student clubs/organizations: Tutor in the Writing Pad and Learning Center
What led you to choose your program or major?
I have always had a passion for psychology and for helping others, especially children. After graduating high school, I took a gap year to establish my identity and an idea for my future. During that year, I worked in the lunchroom at Huntley Elementary School in Appleton and realized just how much I love working with children. Then it all clicked: I could become a school psychologist!
Why did you decide to become a student at UW-Fox Valley?
Honestly, I chose UW-Fox Valley for reasons that I am sure come to no surprise for the other local students. I started here because it was the most affordable option and closest campus to home, as I still live with my parents. Now that I am here, however, I am proud of my decision, the work that I have done, and the ways that I have grown in just a year’s time.
Is there someone at UW-Fox Valley who made a difference in your life or inspired you?
I would like to recognize two professors who aided me through some of the most difficult times of my life, even if they had not realized at the time how compassionately they acted. These two professors are Kathy Phillippi-Immel and Bill Gillard. They treated me with kindness from my first day in their classes and demonstrated how truly they care for the individual in everyone. I will never forget their words of wisdom and endless jokes.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Fox Valley student?
For any incoming student, I would recommend three things: 1) go to class! I cannot stress how important it is to attend class whenever possible; 2) ask for help! There are countless resources all over campus for students for nearly every discipline, commonly filled with other students who want nothing more than to help you succeed; and lastly, 3) communicate with your professors! If you are not able to attend class for any reason or if you feel that you are drowning in deadlines, talk to your professors! I promise you, they care and they want to help.
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Fox Valley.
Everyone is so friendly and there are so many opportunities to get to know each other. I was not expecting to find such a comfortable niche on campus, especially not as a tutor. Now that I am fully engaged in the Writing Pad and Learning Center, however, I have found a network of people whose passion for helping others is as strong as mine. That opportunity is more than I could have asked for on a college campus.
When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
When I am not in class or studying, I am most likely working (I am a customer service associate and pharmacy technician at Walgreens), creating art, or visiting friends and family. I think having a strong social support system is vital, so I spend a ton of time reaching out to friends and hanging out with my parents. You can always find me at the local movie theater at least twice a month!
What are your plans after UW-Fox Valley?
After graduating from UW-Fox Valley, I plan to transfer somewhere else in the UW System. I am currently looking to finish my degree at UW-Oshkosh, but I suppose I will wait and see where life brings me in a year before setting any expectations. Wherever I end up, as long as I have the freedom to be unabashedly me as I have on this campus, I know I will thrive.
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