Sara Kroneck of Plymouth is the focus of UW-Sheboygan’s student spotlight for the month of December. Ambitious and motivated, this home-schooled student plans to major in biology and become an orthodontist. As a full-time college student, she serves as Executive Director of Student Government Association at UW-Sheboygan and works as a tutor in the Student Success Center. Although her spare time is limited, she also manages to teach violin lessons to twelve students, ages 4 to 15! Sara “loves the violin” and has played the fiddle for the past nine years, studying with Debbie Williamson of the Sheboygan Symphony and Jerome Franke of the Milwaukee Symphony. She also finds time to play music at her church and recently performed in the CHIME concert at UW-Sheboygan.
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Name: Sara Kroneck
Career Goal: Orthodontist
Why did you choose UW-Sheboygan? I chose UW Sheboygan because it was close to home and allowed me to begin my degree debt free.
Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time? Being a student takes up most of my time, but when I'm not in class or studying, you can find me working in the Student Success Center as a tutor, fulfilling my responsibilities as Executive Director of SGA, or teaching one of my twelve violin students. Last year I was also a part of a research project with the astronomy and rocket club. Any extra time I have, I enjoy spending with my family and friends.
Favorite professor and class? My biology professor, Dr. Mark Schmitz, was my favorite professor. Dr. Mark Karau (History) is also one of my favorite professors. This semester, my favorite class is Psychology with Dr. Konik. I've always been interested in psychology research and the way the brain functions, and Dr. Konik makes it fun and interesting.
Plans after UW-Sheboygan? Attend UW Green Bay to finish my bachelor's degree, and then The University of Minnesota to attend dental school.
Advice for incoming UW-Sheboygan students: Get involved on campus! Whether it's a campus club or a job on campus, get involved. Also, apply for the UW Sheboygan scholarships if you plan to continue on as a student here.
One of my favorite quotes is, "Positive thinking lets you do everything better than negative thinking." It's important to have a positive outlook and always keep your end goal in mind. There's rarely a day when I don't think about what my ultimate goal is, and it helps keep me focused on the journey there.