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Superior Students: Kelly Bergstrom

Posted on Jun 7, 2013
In this interview, student Kelly Bergstrom explains how she's been able to Unleash her Superior Side at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
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Superior Students: Kelly Bergstrom

© 2012 Al Miller

Name: Kelly Bergstrom

Year in school: senior

Majors: Biology and Psychology

Minor: Spanish

Activities: President, campus chapter of Psi Chi, Honorary Psychology Society; Secretary of Sojourners, international travel student interest group; Alternate Spring Break, Study Abroad, Intermural Sports

How did you discover your Superior Side?

I'm a different person than I was at age 18, definitely! I chose UW-Superior because it was close to home. I wound up taking trips to Scotland and Costa Rica and I did an internship in Nepal. I also went on two Alternate Spring Break trips. I discovered a love for other places and other cultures.

How has the Academic You grown?

I started out wanting to become a physician's assistant, so I majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. But I found out I was really interested in the biological aspects of psychology. So now I have a biology and psychology double-major, with a minor in Spanish. I'd like to go on and get a Ph.D and do clinical neuropsychology or university research, or maybe both.

Why did you change your majors?

I really wanted to focus on what I'm passionate about. Also I took Spanish all four years in high school and found out that with three semesters of Spanish and a Costa Rica study trip, I could earn a minor.

How was Costa Rica?

That was probably one of the biggest challenges I've ever faced. My host family didn't speak any English. But I found out that I could get through the day speaking entirely Spanish. I got used to it pretty quickly though. By the sixth day, I was dreaming in Spanish!

What about the Social You?

Well, besides living in the dorm my freshman year, I did two Alternate Spring Breaks with Habitat for Humanity, in Portland, Maine, and one in Denver. That's one of the best ways to get to know someone. You're riding in a van with them for 16 hours, then you work on houses for a week.

What else is special about UW-Superior?

In a smaller school like this, I'm developing relationships with all of my professors. So I feel comfortable approaching them to be an adviser on my undergrad research.

At a liberal arts school like UW-Superior, to me it means getting a broad education and looking at things from multiple disciplines, like biology and psychology. You're experiencing a little bit of everything, and you're able to pursue your interests.

What are you looking forward to?

The Psi Chi members from UW-Superior are going to this year's Midwestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago. We get to hear Al Bandura, the social psychologist.

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