Abby is a member of the PTK National Honor Society, a tutor in the Learning Center and works as a student employee in the campus administrative offices.
This Spotlight series recognizes a UW-Manitowoc student's academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.
Name: Abigail Harrison
Hometown: Manitowoc, WI
Career program/major: Business Marketing
High School Attended: Lincoln High School
What is your career or life goal?
I'm sure my academic and career goals will develop and grow just as I do, but for now, I would like to see myself working in a career in the business field where I can continue to learn and grow each day.
What led you to choose your program/major?
I have always enjoyed the world of advertising and contemplated an advertising degree. However, once I began to explore the business side of advertising, I fell in love with the fascinating science behind it and am now pursuing a degree in business marketing.
Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Manitowoc?
I came to UW-Manitowoc because of the low tuition cost. Being a first-generation student, going straight to a four-year university just was not an option. UW-Manitowoc was the perfect solution, not only is it affordable, but it offers a level of academic excellence I can rely on to help me complete my bachelor’s degree.
Is there a UW-Manitowoc professor or staff member who made a difference in your life or inspired you?
What a tough question...I've been lucky enough to spend extra time with the faculty and staff here at UW- Manitowoc outside of class, and they're all amazing! If I had to choose only a few, I would have to say Dr. Brian Murphy for helping me see my own potential; April Peissig, who gave me a chance to make mistakes and learn new things; and Carla Rabe, for inspiring me to work harder and accomplish what I set out to achieve.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Manitowoc student?
If you have the opportunity to do a work study program take it, you'll learn far more than you ever could've anticipated. Work study is an amazing opportunity to learn about the field you want to join all while rubbing shoulders with the professors and staff who really care about your future; and you'll have zero commute time from class to work.
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Manitowoc.
I ended up spending my summer at UW-Manitowoc and had the opportunity to watch the renovation process up close. Not exactly the summer job I had anticipated, but it was a fantastic experience, and it was great being a part of something I know is going to benefit students for years to come.
When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
Outside of class and work, I enjoy playing recreational volleyball, walking my dog along the Manitowoc marina, doing volunteer work at my church, and traveling with close friends.
What are your plans after UW-Manitowoc?
I plan to take advantage of the Badger Promise and attend UW-Madison where I will pursue a bachelor’s in business marketing as well as a minor in communications; and hopefully, later on, enroll in a MBA program after I achieve my undergraduate goals.
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