Victoria, one of Pathway Advising’s Fall 2019 new freshmen, is pictured here on a recent job shadowing excursion with Fox 6 sports. Sports broadcasting is a clear career goal for Victoria, and she’s already engaging in the kind of career preparation and academic study that will lead to achieving that goal. Victoria aims to one day be in front of the cameras at ESPN.
Victoria came to UWM from Greenfield, WI, intending to major in Communications. She has jobs with both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Milwaukee Brewers in Guest Experience, and an upcoming spring internship with ESPN’s local offices.
Here at UWM, Victoria works with her advisor, Pathway Advising’s Senior Academic Advisor Sonya Martin, through monthly advising appointments that focus on Victoria’s great potential and prospects. She also utilizes math tutoring through the Student Success Center, both through their drop-in hours in Bolton Hall and regularly scheduled hours in the Cambridge Commons residence hall. Victoria’s connected with the Inclusive Excellence Center for programming related to first generation students, as well as the Roberto Hernandez Center, UWM’s office dedicated to Latinx/a/o student success. Back in October, she attended Startup Week Milwaukee events at the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, where she connected with student entrepreneurs. She also finds time to head over to the Klotsche Center — Victoria calls it “the K” — for pick-up basketball with friends.
Pathway Advising and other offices form the UWM portion of Victoria’s network that includes frequent outreach to her instructors. For Victoria, that kind of networking is the name of the game. She connected with Fox 6’s Kaitlin Sharkey through social media, which resulted in the job shadowing opportunity, and she maintains a strong connection with her Milwaukee community.
Through a combination of her clear drive and tireless networking, as well as the kind of student supports offered by UWM and Pathway Advising, Victoria is taking an early lead on academic and career success.