This Spotlight series recognizes a student's academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.
Name: Sophia Smith
Career program/major: Psychology
Hometown: Eldorado, WI
High School Attended: Laconia High School
Student clubs/organizations: Psyched Psych Club
What led you to choose your program or major?
My sophomore year of high school, I received a traumatic brain injury that forever changed the way I would think, act, and feel. This made me wonder, “why is my brain going through all this change and why are certain parts of my brain damaged and other parts aren’t?” That is when my college major, psychology, came into play. I am fascinated with learning about what the brain does and why humans act the way they do.
Why did you decide to become a student at UW-Fond du Lac?
School never really came easy to me. I struggled with a traumatic brain injury and a learning disability called dyslexia. Because of these things, I needed extra one-on-one time with teachers and smaller class sizes. After learning UW-Fond du Lac had both of these things, I knew it would be a great fit for me.
Is there a professor or staff member at UW-Fond du Lac who made a difference in your life or inspired you?
Dr. Kayoung Kim has taught me a lot when it comes to psychology. She makes me even more excited to continue my education when it comes to psychology.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Fond du Lac student?
I would tell a future UW-Fond du Lac student to find a study group and stick with the group for the whole semester. That group will be part of your support system throughout the semester and I feel every college student needs a support system to get them through the semester.
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Fond du Lac.
I never thought I would meet as many wonderful people as I have at UW-Fond du Lac. I have made many friendships and a few lifelong friendships I will cherish forever.
When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
When I am not studying or in class, I am either working, volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of Neenah, or enjoying a documentary on Netflix.
What is your future education or career plans?
Once I graduate from UW-Fond du Lac in the spring of 2019, I plan to earn my bachelor’s degree in psychology at UW Oshkosh. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I plan to become a certified child life specialist. A certified child life specialist is a pediatric health care professional who works with children and families in hospitals and other settings to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability. They also provide information, support, and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members.
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