Dani Barto

Coming to UW-Superior was a no-brainer for me.

What drew you to UW-Superior?

"I started at UMD right after graduating from high school, but it wasn't a good fit for me, just too big. After three months there, I had a professor who still didn't know my name. Here, there's a strong sense of community. Relationship-building is strong. Coming to UWS was a no-brainer for me. I also knew what Superior had to offer because I was an Upward Bound student as a high schooler."

Now that you're here, what is life like here?

"Everybody pretty much knows each other. Some people might not like that, but I find it to be comforting. I like that my professors know who I am."

Have you discovered something unexpected about yourself since coming to UW-Superior?

"With the support of Dr. Fezzey and everyone in the English department, I realized that I was a lot better at this than I thought. Professors would know my name and call on me more. They held me accountable. I feel like they're keeping tabs on me, not in a hand-holding kind of way, but just knowing that I want to do well, they follow up. Dr. Fezzey checks up on me and asks how things are going. Professors will notice if you're not in class and ask you why you missed and what was going on."  

You're a local -- what do you like about this area?

"I like how close Superior is to Duluth and the bigger cities, but it's also a separate town. Within two hours, you can be somewhere different and bigger."

How would you describe UW-Superior in three words?

"Community. Safe. Opportunity."

What are your career goals?

"I want to teach internationally doing health education including reproductive health, then come back to the United States to teach English and health education."

What are you busy with besides school?

"I work as an overnight staff member at Woodland Hills, the residential youth treatment center in Duluth. It's related to my teaching goals because it's working with teenagers, helping them along and mentoring them. In that setting, we're always looking for teaching moments. It reminds me that every kid you come across has potential."