The best laid plans

Posted on Sep 27, 2018
A curve in the road brought first-year student Joe Newago to UW-Superior

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” This phrase attributed to Robert Burns is a reminder that things often don’t go as planned. They are also an accurate description of the past months for UW-Superior first-year student Joe Newago.

“I had originally planned on being a student at UW-Madison,” he said. “I went through the PEOPLE (Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) program and I spent three summers down there doing internships focused on engineering.”

Just when it looked like Joe’s academic path was set, life dealt him a set of changes.
“I had a bad senior year of high school,” he said. “I had rough grades and my admission was revoked.”

Fortunately for Joe, he used that time to reassess what he wanted to accomplish in life.

“It gave me some time to think for a month at home and while working,” he said. “I realized that I didn’t want to go into engineering.”

When UW-Madison offered Joe, a Red Cliff community member who graduated from Bayfield High School with high honors, a chance to reapply if he first attended another college for one year, it opened the door to attend UWS and explore what his future could look like.

Working with admissions counselor Hadley Mooney on a plan to enroll, Joe was accepted in August.

“I love business and I know this school is a very good business school,” he said. “When I came here for SOAR I realized this is a really nice school. It’s a small campus, which is like my community.”

Since the fall semester began, Joe has embraced UWS and now has no plans to transfer to UW-Madison.

“When classes started I made connections with all my professors instantly,” he said. “The professors know my name whereas the professors I was talking with at Madison couldn’t even remember my name during tours.”

He has gotten to know some of his professors like Brianna Evans, a senior lecturer in UW-Superior’s Social Inquiry Department.

“She’s a really welcoming person,” he said. “In high school, I didn’t think I liked psychology or sociology, but she’s really brought out that side of me where I enjoy learning about human connections, which helped me discover that economics is a social science.”

A member of the School of Business and Economics event planning committee, Joe has also found time to take part in events with Chi Alpha and the Native Nations Student Organization. With goals of keeping his grade point average at 3.5 or above, declaring an official major by the end of the year, and being an involved member of the campus community, Joe has enjoyed his start at UWS.

“The name of the school doesn’t determine how good the school is,” he said. “It’s how it fits for you. I was actually kind of terrified about going to Madison because it’s a big school. Coming from a small community, it’s nice going to a smaller school. You need to do what you feel is right for you. If that means going to a big school, by all means go for it, but I like the small, one-on-one instruction style here.”

News Contact: James Biros | 715-394-8260 | jbiros{atuws}
The best laid plans
Posted on Sep 27, 2018
A curve in the road brought first-year student Joe Newago to UW-Superior
A curve in the road brought first-year student Joe Newago to UW-Superior

A curve in the road brought first-year student Joe Newago to UW-Superior