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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fond du Lac campus gave Kayla Tucker, of Fond du Lac, the foundation needed for her goal of earning a degree in medical lab science.

“My time at the Fond du Lac campus has helped me on my educational path by giving me the time to pinpoint my major, while still completing my required general classes,” Tucker said. “I was able to be strategic in the way I lined up my classes. Having my classes planned out helped me to avoid taking classes that I did not need for my associate degree.”

After graduating this semester from UWO with an  associate degree, she will transfer to UW-Milwaukee to pursue her goal of earning a degree in medical lab science and working in a diagnostic lab. Her long-range goals include graduate school.

She considered other universities but decided to attend the Fond du Lac campus because of affordability and the location right in her hometown.

“It is easy to commute. Also, I liked the fact that the number of students per class was smaller compared to other universities,” Tucker said. “I knew all my professors, and they all knew me.”

As she prepares to transfer to UW-Milwaukee, Tucker said her inspiration to attend college was simply a “desire to learn.”

“What I will miss most about this campus are the friendships I have made with other students and professors,” she said.  “I will also miss the smaller, more intimate classroom sizes. I had a great support system, whether that be family, friends or professors, that I could fall back on to motivate me to continue going strong.”

Tucker was active in student life on the Fond du Lac campus and was elected vice president of the Student Government Association. She also served as a tutor for a range of subjects, including math, biology, French and botany.

To succeed in college, Tucker’s advice is simple, reach out to professors.

“They want to help you succeed,” she said. “Also, get involved while you can. You will learn from those experiences and appreciate it in the long run.”

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