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Amelia Bates
Amelia Bates
Hilbert, Wis.

High School
Hilbert High School

Major
Health Science: Pre-Occupational Therapy


Career Aspirations
I would like to work as an cccupational therapist in either a hospital or rehabilitation center helping people with injuries or post-surgery and simply making their daily lives better. 

Certifications/Licensures
• CPR/AED Certified

Involvement
In high school I was very involved in many different organizations, ranging from the freshman mentor group to the treasurer of our Anatomy Club. At Point, I have done some volunteer work with Sigma Mu Tau.

Special Skills
I’m skilled at staying patient when faced with tedious work or problems that are difficult to solve. I believe empathizing with others and their situations is another skill I possess. I also enjoy music and consider playing the French horn a talent.

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point because I saw great opportunity for growth academically and professionally. There are also many great chances to branch out, network and meet new people through clubs, organizations and classes at UWSP.
Hanna Christensen
Hanna Christensen
Crivitz, Wis.

High School
Crivitz High School

Major
Pre-Nursing


Career Aspirations
I aspire to become a nurse practitioner and possibly own my own free clinic that helps people who are less fortunate than I am. I would like to promote multidimensional wellness in every aspect of my life in order to become the best person I can be.

Certifications/Licensures
• CNA Licensure
• Safe Zone Trained

Involvement
• Gamma Phi Delta Sorority: Scholarship Chair
• Financial Aid Office: Administrative Assistant - Social Media and Website Development

Special Skills
 • Hospitality
• Customer Service
• Critical Thinking
• Spanish
• Softball
• Time Management
• Academic Achievement
• Digital Literacy
• Concentration
• Creativity
• Never-ending Positivity
• Willing to learn
• Communication

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point because the campus promotes growth professionally, academically and socially, all while keeping small class sizes. This intrigued me because one-on-one attention during class time really helps me learn the best. I also found a program with students who are as passionate about health care as I am!
Madison DeBot
Madison DeBot

Major
Major

Taylor Fuerstenberg
Taylor Fuerstenberg

Major
Major

Kayla Hammon
Kayla Hammon
Plover, Wis.

High School
Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH)

Major
Nursing


Career Aspirations
I hope to become a pediatric diabetic educator once finishing my BSN. I am thinking about maybe furthering my education with nurse practitioner in endocrinology and/or diabetic education. 

Certifications/Licensures
• CNA
• BLS
• Medication Technician

Involvement
I am part of MSNA (Mid-State Nursing Association). I have been involved in the Crystal Ice Figure Skating Club since I was 3-years-old. I was a figure skater for 15 years and I have been privately coaching students for about two years.  

Special Skills
Organized, responsible, respectful, empathetic, enjoy learning new information about all aspects of health care.

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
I chose UW-Stevens Point because it was close to home and it has a nursing program to be able to earn a BSN, which I wanted.
Mackenzie Johnson
Mackenzie Johnson

Major
Major

Harli Kelton
Harli Kelton
Frederic, Wis.

High School
Frederic High School

Major
Health Science: Health Care Administration


Career Aspirations
My goal is to become a CEO or CFO of a hospital or nursing home.

Certifications/Licensures
• CPR Certified

Involvement
UW-Stevens Point Honors Program

Special Skills
• Organized
• Passionate
• Hard Working

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
I’ve always known that whatever career I decided to pursue I would be helping people. Health care administration combines business with health care, and I was immediately passionate about it. UWSP has amazing and passionate professors in the health science field who create an exciting and fun environment to learn about health care!
Emily Kopperud
Emily Kopperud
Green Bay, Wis.

High School
De Pere High School

Major
Communication Sciences and Disorders


Career Aspirations
I hope to continue on to graduate school and persue a degree in audiology. I would love to work in a clinic or with the geriatric population in my future.

Certifications/Licensures
• CPR Certified

Involvement
• Student Academy of Audiology
• National Student Speech Language & Hearing Association
• WI Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Association
• Sign Language Club
• Miles of Smiles
• Tutor
• DUC Building Manager

Special Skills
• Time Management
• Academic Achievement
• Organization
• Communication Skills
• Dedication
• Customer Service

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point because it had everything that I could have ever wanted in a university. It has a wonderful program for communication sciences and disorders that allows direct clinical involvement on campus. Faculty members are supportive and the classes are the perfect size for a learning environment.
Mckenzie Lange
Mckenzie Lange

Major
Major

Jensynn Lesinski
Jensynn Lesinski
Plover, Wis.

High School
Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH)

Major
Dietetics


Career Aspirations
Food, nutrition and the science behind it has always intrigued me, which explains why I chose to pursue a degree in dietetics. I aspire to become a Registered Dietitian and am interested in the research aspect of this career. 

Involvement
• UWSP Love Your Melon Campus Crew, Social Media Coordinator
• UWSP Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics
• Hunger Crusader Food Drive
• Special Olympics
• Great Apple Crunch
• Ronald McDonald Charity House
• Be the Match

Special Skills
I enjoy cooking using alternative ingredients to make traditional dishes healthier. Two of my favorite modified recipes have been sweet potato black bean burgers and homemade cauliflower crusted pizza.

I am also an empathetic and very approachable person. Being able to appreciate the perspectives and emotions of others allows me to better understand the obstacles others face. While working and collaborating with peers, I enjoy taking leadership roles to guide the group through efficiently completing tasks. I work hard to lead by example. These traits will allow me to build and maintain healthy relationships with my patients, peers and colleagues.

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
I specifically chose to attend UW-Stevens Point because it offers an accredited dietetics program. While attending UW-Stevens Point I have, and will continue to have, many amazing opportunities such as the Health Scholars Program.  I look forward to gaining clinical experience, continuing to participate in community service opportunities, and develop as a professional in the health care field. The campus organizations, like SAND, have also helped me connect with future dietitians and be involved on campus through volunteering at the CPS Cafe. Another reason why I chose UWSP is because it has a state-of-the-art Chemistry Biology Building, and science is a huge part of the dietetics program. I will be able to pursue my studies/career knowing I will have access to cutting edge technology. Lastly, I am a third-generation UWSP student.
Summer Manzke
Summer Manzke
Sullivan, Wis.

High School
Johnson Creek High School

Major
Dietetics


Career Aspirations
Specialize in eating disorders and work at a behavioral health hospital.

I want to help change people’s lives for the better by educating the public about the power of food and nutrition on the body and mind. 

Involvement
• Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND), Co-President
• Dietetics small group leader through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and emcee for large group

Special Skills
I’m a dancer, hunter and artist. I love cooking, baking and archery. 

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
Nutrition and clinical dietetics are critical in the management and prevention of so many diseases. To be able to learn how nutrition and food impacts the human body and how I can help people by sharing that knowledge is fascinating to me.

I chose the dietetics program at UW-Stevens Point because I had confidence that UWSP would provide me with the education and opportunities necessary to be successful in a career in dietetics. 
MaCayla More
MaCayla More

Major
Major

Brandon Patoka
Brandon Patoka
Stevens Point, Wis.

High School
Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH)

Major
Health Science: Pre-Physical Therapy


Career Aspirations
I strive to be proud of my work. For me this implies finishing my undergrad in spring 2021 and further educating myself to earn my doctorate in physical therapy. In this career, I am seeking variety, opportunity and to make a significant difference.

Special Skills
• Dedication
• Critical thinking
• Competent

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point to gain the knowledge and connections I need to be successful in this field. The Health Scholars Program has provided a giant opportunity towards achieving this goal.
Sophia Reddan
Sophia Reddan

Major
Major

Julia Reigh
Julia Reigh
Oshkosh, Wis.

High School
Oshkosh West High School

Major
Social Work; Sociology; Spanish; Political Science


Career Aspirations
I am unsure of the exact career path that I want to pursue, but my main goal is to make a difference in others’ lives by helping them live a life they want to live and supporting them through it all. 

Involvement
• RHA Administrative Budget Coordinator
• National Residence Hall Honorary member
• Model European Union member
• Student Organization for National Security Treasurer
• Boys and Girls Club of Portage County 

Special Skills
• Good communication skills
• Organized
• Professional
• Creative

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
I think that UW-Stevens Point is an amazing school with a great sense of community and therefore, a great health care school. UWSP offers a lot of opportunities, on campus and off, to pursue one’s health care career goals.
Lauren Reinke
Lauren Reinke

Major
Major

Allie Turenne
Allie Turenne
Merrill, Wis.

High School
Merrill High School

Major
Social Work; Sociology


Career Aspirations
I aspire to be a medical social worker in a children’s hospital.

Certifications/Licensures
• CPR Certified

Involvement
• Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor
• Relay For Life Volunteer

Special Skills
• Strong work ethic
• Time management
• Compassionate
• Team-oriented
• Communication skills

Why I chose health care at UW-Stevens Point
I believe the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has such a wonderful, supportive and close-knit facility that allows for a great education.