Student Spotlight: Kaitlyn Hurst - UW Oshkosh Today
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This Spotlight series recognizes a student’s academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.

Name: Kaitlyn Hurst

Age: 19

Hometown: Mayville

Career program/major: Medical Technology

High School Attended: Mayville High School

UW-FDL student clubs/organization:

  • Student Government Association: Diversity Director
  • Fine Arts and Lectures Committee
  • Multicultural Club: President
  • SGA Food Drive Committee
  • Math Tutor

What led you to choose your program or major?

I took an Anatomy and Physiology class my junior year of high school and it really got me interested in science and biology. When I took this class, we went on a field trip to a cadaver (dead body) lab and it was one of the most interesting experiences of my career. During the trip, my anatomy teacher Mrs. Neid suggested to me that I should look into my current major, medical technology. It has been my goal ever since.

Why did you decide to become a student at UW-Fond du Lac?

UW-Fond du Lac is close to home and affordable for my parents and me. Sending four girls to college isn’t easy on my parents but the affordability and closeness of UW-Fond du Lac has lifted a heavy weight off of their shoulders. I also love the experience of being able to do so much on campus within the first two years of my college career and being able to work more closely with the professors here on campus.

Is there a professor or staff member at UW-Fond du Lac who made a difference in your life or inspired you?

I think each and every one of the professors and staff members I have encountered here at UW-Fond du Lac have made an impact on my life, whether they are an advisor of mine for a club or I am a student in their class. They always are willing to go out of their way to make sure you get the education you deserve or just being nice. Thank you UW-Fond du Lac staff!

What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Fond du Lac student?

One piece of advice I give to upcoming students here is to be active! Join a club, you will make so many friends and so many good memories. It is not hard to be involved here on campus and with the help of students and advisors, you can really make a difference here.

Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Fond du Lac.

I never expected to be able to make such a huge difference here on campus by making our school a Fair Trade University. It still blows me away that a small handful of awesome people and I worked so hard to incorporate Fair Trade onto campus.

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

When I’m not in class or studying, I am participating in clubs and club events. When I’m not doing all three, which is rare, I am relaxing or painting.

What are your future education or career plans?

I would like to transfer to UW Oshkosh to earn my medical technology degree. I would like to work closely with minorities, especially minority women, to help them get the healthcare they deserve. I have goals to go back to school in the future to get a master’s degree in biomedical research.

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Laurie Krasin