This Spotlight series recognizes a UW-Manitowoc student's academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.
Kelsey is a member of the UW-Manitowoc Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK).
Name: Kelsey Karbowski
Career program/major: Pre-Pharmacy/Human Biology
High School Attended: Lincoln High School
What led you to choose your program/major?
I have always found biology courses interesting. Throughout my elementary years of school, I would always tell my family that one day I would become a doctor. Once I reached high school, I decided to challenge myself with a college level medical terminology course. I absolutely loved being able to understand medical terms and language and found it so incredible and fascinating! At that point, I knew the medical field was for me. I just hadn’t quite figured out what particular area of the medical field I wanted to go into yet. Choosing a major in human biology allows students to pretty much seek any pathway to any medical field they wish and that’s where choosing my major came from.
Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Manitowoc?
I decided I wanted to become a student of UW-Manitowoc because I wanted to stay close to family and friends and there were so many great things that I’d heard from others about attending here. The lower tuition and course/class options UW-Manitowoc has to offer finalized my decision. I couldn’t be happier with the decision I have made about attending UW-Manitowoc and hope that incoming students will feel the same.
Is there someone at UW-Manitowoc who made a difference in your life or inspired you?
Dr. Amy Kabrhel has been one of the most influential professors at UW-Manitowoc. Chemistry has always been an intimidating subject to me, and with not much previous experience or knowledge in the subject, Dr. Kabrhel has made the course interesting and yet, so much fun. As she would say, “Never say, ‘I can’t.’ Instead, say, ‘I just don’t know how yet.’” Dr. Rebecca Abler has also been an amazing professor, allowing me to push myself to better understand the world of biology while taking microbiology and botany. Dr. Kabrhel and Dr. Abler have given me the opportunity to enjoy and have a passion for studying and learning chemistry and biology equally.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Manitowoc student?
One piece of advice I’d like to give to an incoming UW-Manitowoc student is to not be shy! Join clubs, organizations, or even athletics to be involved in on campus. Being involved is something a student will not regret. Seek help from your professors if needed. Every professor is so willing to help each student as an individual, which is something special about UW-Manitowoc.
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Manitowoc.
One thing that unexpectedly happened was getting more involved on campus than I ever thought I would. I specifically told myself that I would be attending UW-Manitowoc to focus just on academics, but shockingly enough, I became closer with those already involved on campus which lead me to becoming involved in UW-Manitowoc’s Student Government and the national honor society, Phi Theta Kappa.
When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
When I am not in class or studying, I’m working. If I’m not working, I enjoy going to Green Bay to hang out with my mom. We usually have a lunch date and go shopping. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends and going bowling, playing board games, going out for dinner, or just hanging out in general. Also, my dad and I enjoy going out to dinner on the weekends.
What are your plans after UW-Manitowoc?
My plans after attending UW-Manitowoc are to hopefully attend Concordia University of Wisconsin- School of Pharmacy. Although pharmacy school is my main goal, my back up plan would be to attend University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to complete a bachelor’s degree in human biology.