Chantele Nelson

When I toured UW-Superior, there was a vibrant, welcoming feel.

Chantele is seen as an inspiring friend, a fellow student interested in medicine and a spokesperson for her home country of Jamaica on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus. She has been all over the country, on great adventures and she chose to be Superior. 

Chantele transferred from Lake Superior College in fall 2015 to pursue a degree in biology.

"I had first toured St. Scholastica, but when I toured UW-Superior after, there was a vibrant and welcoming feel. I knew this campus was a place where I could connect. Plus, the cost of tuition was dramatically less here," explained Chantele.

In her few semesters here, UW-Superior truly did welcome Chantele with open arms. She has found her home away from home in the Office of Multicultural Affairs where she works as an outreach specialist.

"I've learned more in the Multicultural Center than I ever would have imagined," she says. "I've met people from all over and places I want to travel, so it's been an enriching experience."

Being a part of a campus that shares their identities with one another, Chantele wanted to highlight her native Caribbean culture and share it with the rest of UW-Superior. She worked hard to put together an event called Escape to the Tropics where the community could come and enjoy the music of the Caribbean while doing some good as well.

"Admission to the event is either perishable food items to be donated to the UW-Superior Student Food Shelf or cases of water for donation to the Flint, Mich., cause," said Chantele.

When it comes to academics, being pre-health focused wasn't her first choice. She initially wanted to focus on pharmacy. Though, Chantelle was inspired and realized she could help her family more by becoming a doctor.

"I was with my grandmother when she was in the hospital, and I found it fascinating listening to the doctor talk to her," she says. "I thought, 'I can do this and advise my grandmother!'"

Chantele enjoys the path she's chosen because of the small classes and labs the biology major provides to students.

"You can participate and it's convenient for your own styles of learning," said Chantele.

Her instructors have also helped her learn and retain important information.

"In my anatomy class, Rachel Portinga taught in a way that I now remember all the bones and functions. I haven't forgotten any!"

Classes outside of her major have allowed Chantele to express herself in a positive way.

"In my communications class, I was able to interact with others, share my opinions and learn the opinions of others, and Mr. Ephraim Kotey Nikoi went out of the way to give me a personal book to help me understand," she said.

As for experience, Chantele is benefiting from her work and study.

"I've gotten to do research on women trafficking in the area, and I'll be presenting it at a leadership conference on behalf of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I've never done anything like it before," she admitted.

She's also getting to take her initial interest for holistic pharmacy and bring that to her future career in medicine.

"I'm learning about different types of plants and how they can be used for treating illnesses. Hopefully, I'll be able to do an official study and research this summer," she says.

Chantele is happy for all of her experiences at UW-Superior and excited for the future that's ahead of her.

"I've met other potential medical students, and that's helped me as well. I'm looking to go to medical school at the Mayo Clinic, in Washington or in California. I'm up for another adventure!"

If you'd like to connect with people from all over the world and make new friendships, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs or Admissions today to start your journey.