September 2, 2020

A World of Opportunity Right Around the Corner

Triplets Madi, Sami and Gabi Shovein decided to stay close to home for college after graduating from Superior High School.

Triplets Madi, Sami and Gabi Shovein decided to stay close to home for college after graduating from Superior High School.

Superior High School graduates Madi and Sami Shovein discover a UWS they never knew existed

Last spring, nearly every high school senior found themselves pondering their college plans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, wondering which way to turn during such uncertain times. Madi and Sami Shovein, Superior High School graduates who are actually triplets along with their sister Gabi, had been thinking of going to a large university somewhere out of state. The global virus caused them to reconsider.

“Our grandpa has congestive heart failure and Mom has some lung issues,” said Madi. “We started thinking that maybe it would be better to live at home and go to school in the area.”

Even though the two girls grew up only blocks away from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, they said they didn’t realize all the university had to offer until they came for a visit.

“We felt welcomed and at home,” said Madi. “Everyone was so friendly and helpful and there are so many things happening at UWS that we had no idea about, even though we grew up in Superior.”

Madi, a biology major, said she was excited to learn about the bee apiary on campus and the opportunity to do undergraduate research and learn about beekeeping. Sami, who is interested in psychology, said she was intrigued by the experiential learning opportunities available, such as the work that psychology students have done at the Humane Society of Douglas County, using behavior-modification techniques to train animals and make them more adoptable.

“We always used to joke that we’d all end up going to the same college, but we didn’t really think that would happen,” said Sami. “Madi decided on UWS first, then Gabi decided on WITC [Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College], and then I decided on UWS, too.”

The two sisters acknowledged that living at home and taking some classes online was not what they had imagined for their first year of college, but they understand why the changes have been made and agree that they are important to slow the spread of COVID and keep people safe.

“It will make it easier to have my sister in some of the same online classes,” said Sami. “We’re looking forward to taking more classes on campus in the future and participating in more activities, but for now, we’re just excited to get started.”

Both Sami and Madi acknowledged that distance learning is easier in some ways and more difficult in others, but their experience with online learning in high school this past spring helped prepare them. Both girls will have a mix of online and on-campus classes this fall.

“Even if COVID had nothing to do with our decision, we would have decided on UW-Superior,” said Sami. “We just really liked all that the university has to offer and the small, welcoming atmosphere. We can’t wait to jump in and get going.”

Triplets Madi, Sami and Gabi Shovein decided to stay close to home for college after graduating from Superior High School.

Triplets Madi, Sami and Gabi Shovein decided to stay close to home for college after graduating from Superior High School.

GET UW-SUPERIOR NEWS IN YOUR INBOX

You can unsubscribe at anytime

OTHER UW-SUPERIOR NEWS