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Kelly Cockerill

When you always see the same people who are looking out for you, you feel like you’re a part of something awesome. The politeness and nice people also make me feel like I’m not far from home.
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Being ingrained in her sport led Kelly Cockerill to come to UW-Superior – after she was scouted while playing at a hockey tournament in Manitoba.

“I was pulled aside after my game, and was offered a spot on the team immediately. They said I was what they were looking for and asked me to come visit campus,” Kelly said. “UW-Superior checked off everything on my college wish list.”

Being on the Yellowjacket hockey team has proved to be worth going to college so far away from home.

“I couldn’t imagine being here without hockey,” she said. “I came and immediately had 25 best friends. We get to share everything together – winning and losing. It’s an exciting time for me.”

Along with playing hockey, Kelly wanted a change of scenery. The vast outdoors around Lake Superior was a perfect match.

“I love hiking in the hills and going out to Wisconsin Point,” she said. “There are so many awesome places to adventure just a half hour away from campus. It’s a huge difference from the flat fields where I grew up.”

While Kelly loves getting into the scenery off campus, she also enjoys being a part of her Biology major on campus. 

“I always wanted to go into medicine, and I was always interested in helping others,” she said. “Biology fascinates me, and I absolutely love all of my instructors.”

Picking a minor to go along with her major, took a little bit more thought. She liked exploring her options, but someone closer to home helped her decide.

“I tried writing and math, but they didn’t seem to fit,” she said. “Talking to my grandmother I realized I was interested in learning more about what she did in Psychology, so I took a class during the summer.”

Kelly also makes sure to experience all of campus life, not letting hockey or academics take up all of her time.

“This small campus comes with great care. Everyone cares about you, and everyone knows your name,” said Kelly. “When you always see the same people who are looking out for you, you feel like you’re a part of something awesome. The politeness and nice people also make me feel like I’m not far from home.”

After graduating, Kelly plans to go onto nursing and work in psychiatrics. After her time here, she is more than happy to go back home and be close to her family.

If you’re someone who is interested in studying for a career you love and playing sports in college, contact Admissions to discuss your options today.