A sophomore with an interest in animal biology, Mikayla Mork of Sheboygan is the focus of UW-Sheboygan’s student spotlight for the month of April. A 2016 graduate of Sheboygan North High School, she plans to transfer to UW-Green Bay to complete her degree.
A member of Phi Theta Kappa, Mikayla volunteered to coordinate an item drive in December that benefited Safe Harbor in Sheboygan. Her role as a coordinator was “a bit frightening because I have never coordinated anything before, but I am glad I volunteered for this project to help those in need.” She is “thankful to all those who donated.” Donations included food, paper towels, tissues and soaps.
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Name: Mikayla Mork
Major: Biology with an emphasis in Animal Biology
Career Goal: Undecided
High School: Sheboygan North, 2016 Graduate
Why did you choose your program/major? After taking a botany class my Senior year of high school, I became very interested in the field of Biology. Last year at UW-Sheboygan, I took a Zoology class and have been interested in it ever since.
What surprised you most about UW‐Sheboygan when you arrived on campus? I think the thing that surprised me the most was how small the class sizes can be. It is nice because it allows students to have greater interactions with professors and other students as well.
Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time? Most of my free time is utilized at the gym. I love to lift weights and exercising relieves a lot of stress that may build up due to school responsibilities. Other times I do spend time with my brothers and sisters on the weekends. I recently became an aunt for the second time, so spending time with my nephews any chance I get is very important to me.
Who is your favorite professor or staff member? I am not one to play favorites, but I do think a professor that has encouraged me greatly in this endeavor and has increased my knowledge in a subject I had not been very familiar with would be Dr. Coen. I am not just saying that because she is the PTK Advisor here, but because she is a very kind and helpful person as well.
What is your favorite class? My favorite class that I have taken would be Zoology. I learned a lot from that class that has helped me in my future classes. I also was very engaged throughout the semester and had fun going to the Shalom Wildlife Center.
Plans after UW‐Sheboygan? After UW-Sheboygan, I am planning on transferring to UW-Green Bay to pursue my major there.
Advice for incoming UW‐Sheboygan students? A great piece of advice I could give is to plan when to study and do homework throughout the week to create the least amount of stress possible. Sometimes school and other life responsibilities can get tough, so planning responsibilities helps a lot.
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.