This Spotlight series recognizes a UW-Manitowoc student's academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.
Alyssa is a member of the UW-Manitowoc Women's Basketball team and her career goal is to be a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).
Name: Alyssa Kliment
Career program/major: Biology
High School Attended: Manitowoc Lincoln
What led you to choose your program/major?
I chose biology because I have always been fascinated with human life and the different physical aspects of human and animal life. I also chose to major in biology because it is one of the several majors for the physical therapy graduate program.
Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Manitowoc?
I decided to stay at UW-Manitowoc because it’s close to home and I can continue to work at my job. UW-Manitowoc is one of the most affordable schools in Wisconsin and it’s a great school to adjust to college life.
Is there someone at UW-Manitowoc who made a difference in your life or inspired you?
One of the professors who really made an impact on my life is Dr. Rick Hein. His animal biology course taught me how to prepare for upcoming exams. In high school, I never had to study for exams; however, I quickly learned that if I wanted to succeed, then I needed to study a week in advance for at least two hours a night. Dr. Hein’s animal biology course enhanced my love for biology and I highly suggest that every student take at least one of his classes.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Manitowoc student?
I would advise to students to get out of their comfort zone and join clubs/athletics. Most clubs and athletics are not much of a commitment, so it does not conflict with school activities. I would also tell students to not be afraid to ask questions. I was always afraid to ask questions because I thought it made me look dumb, but I learned that asking questions is a way of learning and engaging with the professor.
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Manitowoc.
One thing that I did not expect to happen was that I made so many new friends. I became friends with people from high school that I had never met or even talked to before. I also became friends with many girls on the basketball team.
When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
In the spring semester, I joined the UW-Manitowoc women’s basketball team, and I work in the library on campus. When I finally have free time, I spend it with my family and friends. Typically, on Friday nights, I work, but I spend my Saturday nights with my friends. I also really enjoy hiking, playing basketball, running, and petting dogs.
What are your plans after UW-Manitowoc?
After UW-Manitowoc, I plan to attend UW-La Crosse and earn my bachelor’s degree in biology. After I receive my bachelor’s degree, I plan apply to a physical therapy graduate program to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).