|Majors:||English & Communication|
For Alyssa Kay, UW-Parkside - a university north of the Wisconsin-Illinois border - was more affordable and closer to home than other in-state schools she explored. "It was close enough to home for comfort, but it seemed far enough away for me to establish my independence," she says. "Those are the reasons why I came, however, I think the reasons why I stayed are what matters."
Alyssa says the small class sizes have made her academic experience enriching and engaging. "I felt like a valued member of my classes, clubs, and organizations," she says. "I found my footing quickly and met some extraordinary people. I quickly became enamored with the campus for its beauty and its countless academic, extracurricular and social opportunities."
Living on campus has been a big part of Alyssa's experience. "You meet so many more people in the residence halls, and you build meaningful friendships and lasting memories," she says. "It's also nice having quick access to the library, cafeteria and other facilities on the weekends and during bad weather."
In her time at UW-Parkside, she has been involved with many campus organizations including Campus Ambassadors, Sigma Tao Delta, The Ranger News, WIPZ Ranger Radio, Parkside Association of Communicators, and the Dance Team. Alyssa volunteered as a Special Olympics swim instructor and an after-school tutor at Jefferson Elementary School in Racine. Most recently, she was invited to join the College of Arts and Humanities Dean's Council.
"If you are looking for a four-year institution that serves as a home away from home, come visit UW-Parkside. Campus life is thriving, and the classrooms provide an academic atmosphere that you will not find anywhere else," Alyssa says. "It took one visit for me to realize that UW-Parkside just seemed to fit into the equation of my young adult life. I am confident you will find something at UW-Parkside that fits for you."