Rachel Turner Download Rachel's VCard

VNSC Student Manager & Success Coach

ph. 715-394-8406
office. Old Main 118
Veterans and Nontraditional Student Center - UW-Superior

Major/Area of Study:

Social Work/Minor Psychology

From: Duluth, Minnesota

What drew you to UW-Superior?

What initially drew me to UWS was the sense of community I felt on my first visit to tour the campus. The small campus feel made me a lot more comfortable as well. My advisors, professors, and faculty/staff that I interacted with always made me feel appreciated and valued. I have been able to connect with so many individuals not only within my department but across the entire campus, something a larger campus would not offer.

How does being a first generation student affect your progress toward a college degree?

As a first generation student there are a few barriers in college. One, is that my family has no history of degree or any significant higher education. Navigating college, the expenses, and what I even wanted to work towards were the things I struggled with most. I am thankful to be where I am at today with not only help and support from my family, but also from UWS. I am working towards graduating with my bachelors and will hopefully attend Graduate school to work towards a Masters or PhD.

How has the VNSC assisted you in adjusting to life on campus?

I first learned about the VNSC my freshman year here. I assisted them with conducting a needs based assessment on childcare and student parent needs. I was able to gain a great learning experience and connect with many staff in the office. I applied for a position in the office and I think it was one of the best decisions I have made thus far since attending UWS. The drive, pride, and hard work that this office promotes is something really special, and I am thankful to be able to learn and be a part of an office like this one.

Campus activates/extra-curricular:

Social Work Student Association

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Member

McNair Scholar