Student Success Stories
On a regular basis, Career Services aims to share some of our student successes in a variety of experiences.
We celebrate the success of our current students who:
- are completing/have completed internship
- completed one of our professional skills courses
- made successful networking connections through our Career Services events
- and so much more.
PaChia Vang - Student Success Story
Student Success Story: PaChia Vang
By: Linda Chang
Career Services is proud to present PaChia Vang as another UW Oshkosh Student Success Story. PaChia is a senior, graduating in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. This major was initially something she can see herself in since she wanted to help people. “The Human Service Leadership program,” PaChia states “is the grounding foundation to becoming a changing agent in other’s lives for the better”.
Pachia describe herself in three words: one, adaptive because PaChia feels it doesn’t matter where she’s at, what she does, or who she’s with, she always finds to adjust to her environment. Secondly, caring because she likes to take care of people around her. Lastly, creative because she has the passion for art. It doesn’t matter if it is baking or painting, her passion in art is beyond the classroom and her favorite tools are her own hands.
PaChia first heard about Career Services through one of her general ed class, as well from friends, and seeing at Taste of Oshkosh. Resume checkup, mock interview, Career Closet, and other events held by Career Services are just the few services PaChia has used during her time at UW Oshkosh. The Career Closet provided PaChia with a few new tops that would give her a business casual look both for her internship and interviews. PaChia likes how Career Closet provide a variety of clothing for free, and wished she would have visited the Career closet more often.
PaChia said, “I really appreciate the types of service they offer to the students at UWO. I was able to experience my first job fair, which was confusing, a little scary, but overall an excellent experience to meet all different types of employers. Career Services also helped me improve my resume drastically and provided me with an outstanding resume for my mock interview.”
One thing PaChia would like to say to all the UW Oshkosh students, “Use these services before you lose it! I mean it! They offer services to help you become more professionally in your interview, small talk, resume, professional wear, networking and more. The staff at Career Services are friendly and wants to see you succeed as a student and beyond.”
Sarah Neubaer - Student Success Story
Sarah Neubauer – Student Success Story
Written by: Marina Garcia
Career Services is proud to present Sarah Neubauer as another UW Oshkosh Student Success Story! Sarah is a 22 year old student originally from Mukwonago, WI. She plans to graduate from UW Oshkosh in December 2017 with a major in Marketing and a Web Presence emphasis.
Sarah chose UW Oshkosh because she feels very comfortable here and stated “UW Oshkosh feels like a second home.” She really admired the business program here and thought it stood out to her while looking at other universities. She said she has always known she wants to be a business major, specifically marketing. When she was little, she would notice how commercials and advertisements are made and what makes people drawn to them. When she found out this was something she could study for an actual career, she knew that she had to do it. Her strengths, according to Strengthsfinder, include: Developer, Belief, Consistency, Adaptability, and Harmony. She mentions how adaptability is one that stands out to her because she’s able to pick up tasks and skills very quickly which helps her in classes and work. She really appreciates how UW Oshkosh prepares undergraduate students for post-graduation. As a business major, she really respects how an internship is required because it helps her focus on the professional aspect for her future plans. Sarah has always been driven and focused as shown by her amazing time-management skills. She is a full time student taking 18 credits and still manages 2 part time jobs.
Sarah has used countless resources at UW Oshkosh, especially ones offered by Career Services. Sarah is very familiar with Titan Jobs powered by Handshake and has used it to schedule mock interviews throughout the past couple years. She has also utilized the Career Closet to build up her professional wardrobe and prepare her for future internships and careers. Sarah plans to find a great career right after graduation either in the Milwaukee or Chicago area.
She has a small piece of advice for freshman, “Dear freshman or any other student feeling lost or unprepared for your future, you are in the right place here at UW Oshkosh. For me, this place is greater than just additional schooling after high school; it’s a second home, it’s a family, and it’s a wonderful stepping stone. You are provided with so many opportunities to further your professional experience and receive the help you may need such as ‘Dining with Professionals’ and other Networking events, to mock interviews and resume workshops. The list goes on and on, and I hope you can someday look back and thank yourself for taking advantage of all the privileges you are given at UWO that help make it possible to get where you want to go in life.”
Abby Boville - Student Success Story
Student Success Story: Abby Boville
Written by: Samantha Speaker
Career Services is happy to introduce Abby Boville for our next Student Success Story. Abby is in her fifth year at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and in her final semester (with an adventurous internship)!
Abby has a double major in Spanish and Kinesiology; she originally chose to attend to UW Oshkosh for our unique Kinesiology program offered here. Abby is interested in Kinesiology because of being a three-sport athlete in high school and working directly with an Athletic Trainer when injured. When first coming to UWO, Abby just had a Spanish minor but then decided to add another major because of transferring retro credits from high school and the opportunity for a study abroad experience while in her junior year. While referring to why she came to UWO, Abby also added that UW Oshkosh “was also far enough away, but not too far, from home.”
In her final semester, Abby is currently in an internship as a Fitness and Recreation Intern with USAA in Tampa, Florida. In her internship, Abby is able to explore her intended field of study by creating happier and healthier lives. Abby does fitness assessments, personal training, nutrition guidance, group exercise classes, and health education for employees at USAA. Abby loves her internship because she is able to work hands on in her intended field and network with those that are already in their profession
Abby has a knack for adventure which can be shown through her courage to move to Florida for her last semester before graduating! While at UWO, Abby has also studied abroad in Chile (she was the only student from Wisconsin on her trip) where she was given the opportunity to expand on her Spanish major! She said that studying abroad has given her the confidence to try new things and jump out of her comfort zone. Abby gives advice of adventure to others by saying there’s so much to learn in a new place.
Abby was prepared to find this internship on her own by using Career Services resources like mock interviews, resume drop in hours, and networking resources that we have to offer all UWO students! Networking is an important aspect to working in any profession; by networking at your own internship, you may get a job offer after graduation! All of Career Services online resources, like resume samples, cover letter sample, and bullet point examples, are available to Abby over the web while she is in Florida.
Abby also says, “Through study abroad and working with a diverse population of students in the residence halls, I have come to appreciate the differences everyone has and how something can be learned from each person you meet!” Career Services wishes you good luck after graduation, Abby!
Jeremy Houser - Student Success Story
Career Services is proud to present Jeremy Houser as another UW Oshkosh Student Success Story. Jeremy Houser is a 23-year-old Oshkosh alum who recently graduated in December with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Jeremy is originally from Onalaska, Wisconsin where he grew up playing sports. He originally became interested in Kinesiology because of his parents; he always wanted to help them become healthier. He also mentioned that he has always been interested in the sciences and anatomy as well. Jeremy enjoys playing intramural sports, lifting weights and watching Netflix in his free time. Jeremy would describe himself as an achiever, and a passionate and hardworking person. Jeremy chose UWO because he liked the great Kinesiology program and he got recruited for baseball.
This past fall semester, Jeremy had the opportunity to work as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist Intern at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He utilized Career Services’ Great Lakes Grant Program to help him get paid for his internship. Jeremy heard about the Great Lakes Grant because his internship coordinator for one of his classes, Craig Biwer, posted it on D2L. Jeremy immediately called Jaime and talked to her about his eligibility.
Jeremy stated that everyone, even Kinesiology majors, should look into utilizing the Great Lakes Grant Program. He said that all of the Kinesiology internships are unpaid, but the Great Lakes Grant gave him the opportunity to take an out of state internship at a huge hospital without having to worry about money.
Jeremy said that the most beneficial part of his internship was everything that he’s learned and all of the real life experience he has gained. He said he learned so much at Mayo Clinic, especially about Cardiac Rehab: “I learned more in a day at Mayo then I did in the classroom, everyone there wanted me to learn and get a lot out of the internship.” Everyday he learned about different exercises, ECGs and how the heart works. He also mentioned that he learned a lot about different symptoms and procedures and how to treat different patients.
Jeremy’s internship was broken up into two parts: Cardiac Rehab and Stress Testing. For Cardiac Rehab he would work with patients for about an hour, take their blood pressure and put on their heart monitors. He would help each patient onto a cardio machine and oversee his or her program. He eventually got into the role of doing strength training with all of the patients, helping each patient build personalized programs around their own restrictions. Once the patients were finished with their strength programs he helped them transition their workouts to their homes with resistance bands. For the Stress Testing portion of the internship, people would come in with chest pain and Jeremy would have to put them on a treadmill and see if they have any serious symptoms by using his ECG knowledge. He also was able to log a ton of observation hours by having the opportunity to watch an open-heart surgery and a surgery where a pace maker was put in.
The biggest thing that he gained from his educational experience that he utilized during his internship was his clinical experience with personal training. Jeremy stated that his last semester was vital because it helped him communicate with patients and learn how to work with their specific restrictions.
When asked if Jeremy had any advice for new students in the Kinesiology program he said, “New students going through the Kinesiology program right now should take every class seriously, try to do well in every class and get as much information out of them as you can.”
He mentioned that one of his earlier classes, Medical Aspects, happened to be a course he wasn’t necessarily interested in so he didn’t take it very seriously, but that class ended up being one that was really vital to his internship with Mayo Clinic.
“Although you may think a class is pointless, you never know what you’re going to need out of it. Every class is important in some way and will help set you up for grad school or a career!”
Post graduation, Jeremy hopes to attend Graduate school for Physical Therapy. With whichever school he chooses to attend, he will have to go through a three-year program to obtain his degree. After Graduate school, he hopes to work in orthopedics or sports medicine. He also mentioned he would really love the opportunity to go back to Mayo Clinic and work there.
If you are participating in an unpaid internship and would like more information about the Great Lakes Grant click here.
Allie Gonnering Student Success Story
Student Success Story – Allie Gonnering
Written by Chance Smith
Career Services is proud to present Allie Gonnering as yet another UW-Oshkosh Student Success Story. Allie graduated this December after only three and a half years, having majored in Finance with an emphasis in cost Management Accounting. She went to Freedom High School where she was involved in extracurricular activities including dance and running. When picking her alma mater, Allie says she was drawn to UW-Oshkosh because of the great campus and the College of Business programs offered. Allie had known she wanted to pursue a business degree since the beginning and chose to focus on Finance her sophomore year.
During her last semester, Allie completed an internship with Thrivent Financial, where she was a Business Analyst and Campus Ambassador. Following graduation she will be continuing her career with Thrivent as a full time Associate Business Systems Analyst. In her role as an analyst, she helped to develop and build communications to drive decision making for complex business operations. As a Campus Ambassador, Allie worked to amplify Thrivent Financial’s presence on campus to both promote the company as well as discuss possible career paths with students. Allie’s relationship with Thrivent Financial started when she was young, having grown up with several family members working at Thrivent. At UW-Oshkosh, her professional relationship with the company was enhanced by attending the College to Career Conference and Career Fair.
Before working for Thrivent, Allie was a Digital Sales Intern at Gannett Media and was also an intern with 4Imprint. Her internship with Gannett Media was found through Titan Jobs. “Career Services is a wonderful way that individuals of the UW-Oshkosh College of Business can get in touch with local businesses that they aspire to someday work at. Career Services advisors are extremely helpful and are incredibly nice to get to know.”
Congratulations on your progress so far, Allie, and best of luck in your new role with Thrivent!
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with your career advisor, call Career Services at 920-424-2181. Checkout jobs and internship opportunities by logging in to your Titan Jobs powered by Handshake!
Teagan Augsburger - Student Success Story
Teagan Augsburger – Student Success Story
Written by: Jackie McDonough
Career Services is proud to present Teagan Augsburger as another University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Success Story. Teagan is a Senior majoring in Project Management. Teagan described herself as the worlds best dog mom, as she newly owns a German Shepherd puppy named Moose. She also enjoys running and interior design. She grew up in Omro, Wisconsin and chose UWO because it was somewhat close to home. Teagan always knew that she enjoyed business, but originally wanted to major in biology. After her AP Biology class in high school and attending a cadaver lab, she completely changed her mind and decided to major in business once she got to college.
Teagan heard about the Bemis position through networking. She sent her contact from the company her resume and got an interview. After one interview, she knew the company was a perfect fit for her. She was originally hired as a supply chain intern with the master data team but after her first summer Teagan was switched to the logistics team.
A typical day at Bemis for Teagan varies. She said that she manages the transportation management system the company uses and makes edits to it throughout her day, and she also handles contracts. Teagan said that she is thankful for her educational experience at UWO because it taught her a lot of useful information that she uses everyday at her internship. She is especially thankful for her courses that taught her about QBA, quantitative business analysis, because she uses what she’s learned about QBA everyday in her internship.
Teagan said that the most beneficial part of her internship is being able to learn about the different teams within the company. She said that every Monday she had the opportunity to work with different teams such as demand planning, master data and plant scheduling. She said that she enjoyed this because it was personalized to her skill sets and likes. Teagan said that she enjoyed the supply chain analytics team the best because she got to analyze sets of data and solve the issues within certain sets.
Post graduation Teagan was hired by Bemis to be a Supply Chain Associate! She said that Bemis is very active in networking with students around campus and encourages students to look into the company. Bemis offers internships in many fields, including IT, marketing and supply chain. Bemis is a global manufacturer with 27 plants across the country.
To find out more about Bemis, visit their website: www.bemis.com
Emily Rapp - Student Success Story
Emily Rapp – Student Success Stroy
Written by: Kelsey Kastorff
Career Services is proud to present Emily Rapp as another University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Success Story. Emily is a senior that is double majoring in Psychology and Communication Studies. Emily is originally from Muskego Wisconsin. In high school Emily was involved in extracurricular activities; her favorite was the time that she spent on the soccer team. When picking a college she really focused on a school that had a small campus feel. Emily applied to multiple colleges; however none had that campus feel that she was searching for like Oshkosh did. So in the end she decided to attend UW Oshkosh.
Emily describes herself as passionate, outgoing, and hardworking. She had entered college with AP credits counting towards her general education requirements. So she began her major courses in Psychology right away. Emily explained that she knew she always wanted to work with children, and she found that working with children in the Psychology field is what really interested her. After beginning her major courses, she thought “what if I end up not liking my career choice after graduation?” That is when she decided to double major in psychology as well as Communication Studies. She decided to pick up Communication Studies as another major because she really enjoyed the content of the Intro to Communication course. She thought that she could find a job after graduation with at least one of these majors! Emily added that she has taken quite a few courses in the Anthropology department as well. If she could have 3 majors, Anthropology would be her 3rd! However Emily said that she was cut off by her advisor after selecting 2 majors.
When Emily was in her freshmen year at UWO she was introduced to the First Year Scholars program. This program led her to joining the Future Young Professionals program her sophomore year. Future Young Professionals or as many called it FYP, was a professional skills course that was taught by a career advisor from Career Services. While Emily was involved in this organization she was also building her resume, attending the Career Fairs, partaking in Mock Interviews, as well as Dining with Professionals that was put on by UW Oshkosh Career Services. From utilizing the resources that the Professional Skills course offered, Emily was able to learn skills that would benefit her in her future jobs searches.
Emily has worked in many different roles since taking the Career Services Professional Skills course. Emily has worked as an office assistant at the tutoring center on campus, she worked as the Anthropology department research assistant, and she also was employed at a place called Runners Tongue where she was the social media consultant of their website and blog! Today, Emily said that she is still utilizing the resources that Career Services has to offer. She has used our drop in resume hours to help polish up her resume. She has used her resume during her job interviews to gain the positions that she currently holds today. Emily is still employed at the tutoring center, but also works as a waitress at Gardenias and is a Youth Mentor for CESA 6! Emily enjoys her job as a youth mentor the most because it is a field that is closer to what she wants to do as a future career. As a youth mentor with CESA 6, Emily works with children varying in ages from 5-17 that have behavioral or emotional disabilities. Emily takes these children into the community in order to help them learn how to control their behaviors in public as well as a way for the children to have a break from their daily lives and to just have fun!
From these opportunities that Emily has had she said she has gained many different skills in which pertain to her future career. One skill she has learned a great deal about is interpersonal skills. She explained this skill as person to person contact and interaction. Other skills she has gained is problem solving, and a positive attitude.
Emily said that her dream line of work post graduation would be a professor who does research surrounding the subjects of race, gender, LGBTQ, and mental health. Emily would like to create a program that would build a safe learning environment that benefit students in schools that fall into the categories of her research. Emily’s plans for after graduation would be to apply to a master’s program, and then move on to obtain her PhD. One piece of advice Emily would give to students would be to take advantage of campus events and resources. Not only are they places to meet people, but they provide great opportunity to get experience outside of the classroom and a chance to make new connections. Like Emily learned in the Professional Skills court, Networking is key!
Good Luck in your final semester here at UW Oshkosh, Emily!
If you are interested in participating in any of our Resume/LinkedIn drop-ins stop by
Monday – Thursday 10-Noon and Thursdays 2:00-5:00.
If you are interested in participating in any of our Professional Skills courses register now on Titan Web. Look for: Professional Counseling 202: Career Planning & Implementation
Business 284: Professional Career Skills in Business
Human Services 204: Professional Career Skills in Human Services
Interdisciplinary Studies 208: Professional Career Skills in the Math & Natural Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies 209: Professional Career Skills in the Social Sciences
Student Success Story - Rya Adler
Rya Adler – Student Success Story
Written by: Ben Burling
Career Services is proud to present Rya Adler as another University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Success Story. Rya is a Senior graduating in May and majoring in Human Services Leadership. Rya was asked to describe herself in three words and chose compassionate, positive and determined. Originally from Brookfield, Wisconsin, while attending Brookfield East High School Rya participated in Cross Country, Track and Soccer. Rya said her favorite activity in high school was Cross Country because “it was all about achieving personal goals and accomplishments”, which helped shape her into the student she is today. Near the end of her sophomore year in high school, Rya had already decided she wanted to attend UW Oshkosh. Oshkosh really stuck out to her after visiting her older sister her freshman year. The thing that stuck out most to Rya was the small campus and community, along with many well-developed majors.
As a freshman in college, Rya had her sights set on pursuing a career in nursing and originally declared as a nursing major. It didn’t take long for her to realize though that nursing wasn’t a great fit for her, so she switched her major to Education. Rya has always been passionate about helping and working with children so she gave Education a try. After a short while as an Education major, Rya still felt like she had not found her calling. She was very conflicted on what to do. “I had always wanted to work with children, but didn’t necessarily want to teach” she said. Around that time, Rya met with her advisor and was made aware of another program that might fit her needs. Finally, in the fall semester of her junior year Rya made her last switch and was admitted to the Human Services Leadership program. Rya said she knew right away that she had made the right switch; “it felt like the perfect fit”. Rya likes that it is a very general major that give you the option to take several different career paths. She mentioned that there is a feeling of community in each class and that everyone is there to support you in anyway they can.
The Human Services Leadership program requires the completion of lots of volunteer and intern work. You need to complete three field placements beginning with a 30-hour volunteer experience your first semester, followed by both a 120-hour internship and a 280-hour internship. Rya completed her 30-hour experience at Lighted School House, an educational after school program in several of Oshkosh’s elementary schools. Rya was actually employed at Lighted School House before she was placed there so she was familiar with the operations. She tried her best to use her knowledge of Lighted School House in order to help her classmates that were placed there with little or no experience. Rya enjoyed being able to help both the younger students and her classmates and found this placement to be very enjoyable. For her 120-hour placement, Rya interned at the UW Children’s Center on campus. This experience was another great fit for her as she was able to interact with children through numerous activities such as reading and fine motor skill development. Rya enjoyed this placement as well, but looked to work with children that were slightly older for her next experience.
Rya is currently completing her 280-hour internship this semester at Winneconne Middle School as an intern in their counseling program. This experience has allowed her to work right alongside the counselor and administrators, and organize and facilitate student group sessions. Of her field placement experiences, Rya says this one has been her favorite because it has convinced her that “school counseling is definitely the line of work I would like to find myself in after graduation”. To accomplish that goal, Rya is now beginning to think about grad school and is very interested in the Professional Counseling Program. She is eager to further her education and keep working towards her goal of being a school counselor.
This semester, one of Rya’s classes required her to set up a resume review appointment in Career Services. Throughout our interview, Rya spoke very highly of the resume review services that are offered in Career Services. “I am actually kind of upset that I didn’t take advantage of one of the [Professional Career Skills Courses] classes Career Services offers” she said. Before her review session, Rya had not spent much time tailoring her resume. After just a 30-minute session, she was blown away by how much she learned. “I knew resumes were important documents to upkeep,” she said, “but I wasn’t aware of how much really goes into creating a strong resume”. Rya feels “ten times” more confident with her resume now, and is excited to start her search for employment (or more school) after graduation. She encourages other students to check out the services offered in Career Services and learn more about building your professional skills.
If you are interested in participating in any of our Resume/LinkedIn drop-ins stop by Monday – Thursday 10-Noon and Thursdays 2:00-5:00.
If you are interested in participating in any of our Professional Skills courses register now on Titan Web.
Professional Counseling 202: Career Planning & Implementation
Business 284: Professional Career Skills in Business
Human Services 204: Professional Career Skills in Human Services
Interdisciplinary Studies 208: Professional Career Skills in the Math & Natural Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies 209: Professional Career Skills in the Social Sciences
Student Success Story - Kelly Torti
Kelly Torti – Student Success Story
Written by: Jackie McDonough
UW Oshkosh is proud to present Kelly Torti as another University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Success Story. Kelly is a junior majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. When asked to describe herself in three words Kelly said that she is confident, loving and determined. Last February Kelly received a phone call from Southwestern Advantage and decided to attend the information meeting in the Career Services office.
During the information meeting, Kelly learned all about Southwestern Advantage and realized that this summer opportunity may be a good fit for her. After the information meeting, Kelly went through three separate interviews before she finally received the internship. Kelly became a student manager and spent the summer in West Virginia and Ohio working with Southwestern Advantage. She worked with other interns from across the nation selling educational books to families. These educational books range from helping young children learn their colors and numbers to ACT and college preparation books for high school students. In addition, there are websites combined with the books so that the lessons are brought to life for students. Kelly’s goal was to visit 30 families a day. The itinerary stated that Kelly and the other interns would sell these educational tools for 13 weeks and then distribute all of their sales during the final week of the summer.
Throughout her internship with Southwestern Advantage, Kelly gained a lot of valuable communication skills. She said that the most beneficial part of the internship was learning about herself as a person and making new friends! Kelly said that this internship was an amazing experience that helped her grow into the independent and charismatic person that she is today.
The Southwestern Advantage experience offered the interns to have some fun as well. Working fourteen-hour days five times a week meant that Sundays were a chance to relax and have some fun with the other interns. Kelly said some of the fun activities they did this summer included tubing, baseball games and paintballing!
Kelly said that the internship was challenging at times, but said that because she stuck with it she got a lot out of it. She has already started the recruitment process for this summer and is excited to work with Southwestern Advantage again during summer 2017.
She encourages everyone to come to the information meetings and learn about the company! For more information on Southwestern Advantage click here.