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: Sean Peronto
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Currently residing: Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Career program/major: Pre-Med/Biology
Why did you choose UW-Manitowoc? I chose UW-Manitowoc because I knew it would be a great school to adjust to the college life. I also chose to attend this college because it was more affordable to live with my parents for the first two years compared to other larger colleges.
Why did you choose your program/major? I knew from the start that I would like to pursue biology because I always had a strong interest in medicine and being able to help those around me. The human body is absolutely fascinating, and I love learning about human origins as well as the way in which we function as an organism.
What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? I have heard this phrase before and here at the campus many times, which is similar to something like this: “Learn not to achieve the grades, but learn because at one point you may need this information to save a life.” I always thought this was a very humbling and prideful phrase because the students looking to pursue medicine must rely on their knowledge to effectively save someone’s life and should be learning the material for practical uses.
In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? Besides college, I am also a soldier in the Army Reserves and drill monthly out of Green Bay. Things that I enjoy doing for fun include shooting pool, disc golfing, travelling, or generally hanging out with my close friends.
What do you plan to do after UW-Manitowoc? Now that I have completed both years at UW-Manitowoc, I plan to move on to UW-Madison to finish my bachelor’s degree and enroll into a master’s program to become a physician’s assistant.
What surprised you about UW-Manitowoc? The one truly great thing about UW-Manitowoc is how involved the professors are in the student’s lives, the close interactions make transitioning into college much easier. The staff that work at UW-Manitowoc are all very genuine and want to see the students succeed, and I believe that this is what sets apart this campus from many other two-year campuses.
What advice do you have for an incoming UW-Manitowoc student? My advice to incoming students is to not be afraid of becoming involved with the campus events and organizations. A student who is more involved with clubs and campus activities will find it easier to build stronger relationships with the professors as well as the student body. With that being said, go out there and do something that you would have never considered doing before and you will find out you have endless opportunities to advance yourself.
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