Name: Emily Poull
Hometown: Port Washington, WI
Career Goal: No specific goal yet. I know I want to be successful and happy with whatever I’m doing. At the moment, I’m considering a career in either creative writing or law.
High School: Port Washington High School, 2015
Why did you choose UW-Sheboygan? After an unhappy first semester at UW-Green Bay, I decided to transfer. I chose UW-Sheboygan because when I was little, I attended Girl Scout day camps on the Sheboygan campus. The camps had always been really fun and enjoyable, so when I was looking for a school to transfer to, I remembered the positive experiences I had on the campus when I was little. The campus is also close to my home, which allows me to commute and spend time with my family, which I really enjoy.
Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time? I work on campus as the assistant art curator. My job is to catalog the art and key information about each piece – such as title, artist and medium. In addition to my campus job, I also work at a dog kennel in Cedar Grove. I love dogs, so when I’m free and the weather is nice, I take my dog for walks along the lakefront or state parks to hike. Both of my younger brothers are involved in sports and music, so I attend their concerts and soccer games a lot too. Singing is a huge part of my life and has been since I was little. Sadly, I wasn’t able to be involved in music on campus, but you can catch me singing whenever I’m not in class, whether it be in my car, in the shower, or at the grocery store. As I mentioned above, I’m considering a career in creative writing. Reading and writing have always been hobbies of mine and I’ve worked as a writing tutor in the Student Success Center on campus.
Who is your favorite professor or staff member? My favorite professor is Dr. Pilmaier, who is an English professor. I’ve had her multiple times and love how she pushes students and always supports them. She has a real passion for what she does and that always makes class enjoyable.
What is your favorite class? English 102, Critical Writing, Reading, and Research which I had with Dr. Pilmaier last spring. It was a writing intensive class, which I loved, and it made me really appreciate and understand the various aspects of good writing.
What do you plan to do after UW-Sheboygan? Right now, the plan is that I’ll transfer to UW-Milwaukee to earn my degree in English and from there, possibly move on to law school. In a completely different direction, I’m also considering Full Sail University’s online program for Creative Writing for Entertainment. I am very focused on my future career possibilities and plan on working very hard to be successful.
What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Sheboygan students? Take your time to figure out what you want to do. It’s ok to not know. It took me three semesters to come up with a fraction of a plan. Also, take advantage of the small class sizes and get to know your professors. They are there for you and are so willing to help you succeed!
Any other info you’d like to share? I recently read a book by Rick Riordan and one line really spoke to me: “Live fully and without fear.” I’m not a risk taker by any means, but after my unpleasant experience with UW-Green Bay (which, for the record, had more to do with me than the school), this quote reminded me to just do what makes me happy and not to worry about what other people are going to think. It’s also helped keep my worry-prone mind at bay.