Emily Catena is the focus of UW-Sheboygan’s student spotlight for the month of May. A 2017 graduate Port Washington High School, she is one busy and ambitious young woman with plans to transfer to UW-Madison to complete a business degree and then attend law school.
In addition to working as a Resource Sharing intern in the library on campus, she also is a manager at the Dairy Queen in Saukville. She admits that while she enjoys free time with family and friends, "between working and being a student - there is not much time."
This monthly feature highlights a student’s academic achievement and provides the community with an inside look into campus life and a greater understanding of the diverse profiles and experiences of our students.
Name: Emily Catena
Hometown: Port Washington
Major: Business, Law School
Career Goal: Corporate Lawyer
Port Washington High School, 2017 Graduate
What led you to choose your major? I have always had a strong interest in business, which was instilled by my grandfather, Donald B. Zorn. Seeing his successes (Navy career followed by a successful career at Blount International Inc.) and how he used that success to help people, inspired me to follow a similar career path. I have also always had an interest in law, and so it made the most sense to combine these two subject areas into a career that would be the most interesting for me.
What surprised you most about UW-Sheboygan when you arrived on campus? I was surprised at how welcoming people at the UW Sheboygan campus were. When I first arrived, I thought that everyone would already know each other because they are from the area. In reality, the students are from many different places, and welcome others with open arms. I have met some amazing people and friends at this campus.
Faculty or staff member who inspired you or made a difference in your life? All of the staff and professors that I have met have been very kind, helpful, and encouraging. The people I work with in the library, the students affairs staff, and Allyson in the foundation office have all been wonderful people to work with, talk to, and help me throughout the entire year.
Plans after UW-Sheboygan? After UW-Sheboygan I plan on transferring to UW-Madison to obtain my business major. I then plan to continue my studies and attend their law school.
Advice for incoming UW-Sheboygan students? Reach out to anyone and everyone. The staff and professors at UW-Sheboygan want you to succeed, and contacting them for help or with questions is a great way to maximize your time here. Also, get involved in something. Whether it is a sport, work study, or student government you will meet other people with like interests that will make your time here much more enjoyable than if you spend it studying alone the entire time.
Additional thoughts: My parents always told me, “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar”. This has always stuck with me, and has lead me to be a more positive person. I’m not perfect, no one is, and so I still have bad days where I want to complain (and do) and just sit around. However, at the end of those bad days, or weeks, or even months it is important to keep looking ahead, stay positive, and try to be nice to the people around me.
UW-Sheboygan is located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. It offers freshman and sophomore level college courses and is part of the University of Wisconsin System, so credits transfer easily.
For more information about the campus, visit sheboygan.uwc.edu or phone 920-459-6600.