Amy, Amanda and Alissa Straub are our featured family this month.
The oldest of the three siblings, Amy (Straub) Dubey started the family off by enrolling at
UW-WC in fall 2002. “The small class sizes and the fact that professors got to know you as a person” were among the reasons Amy chose the West Bend campus. The “amazing professors” as well as “hanging out with lifelong friends” are among her fondest memories.
She was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, serving as Vice-President in her sophomore year.
After completing her associate degree in 2004, Amy transferred to UW-Oshkosh, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with minors in math and science.
After teaching fifth grade at Cedar Grove-Belgium Middle School for a short time, Amy has since transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom for her two young daughters, now ages two and four.
Following in Amy’s footsteps, Amanda enrolled at UW-WC in fall 2006. She also appreciated the smaller campus and “one-on-one interaction with teachers.” “This allowed me to have all my questions answered directly and in a timely manner,” she said. Amanda took advantage of the collaborative bachelor degree program that UW-WC has with UW-Milwaukee and was able to “automatically transfer her credits to UW-Milwaukee Nursing School” and complete a degree in Nursing in 2010.
“Attending UW-WC allowed me to save money through scholarships and lower tuition,” Amanda said. She received the $2,500 Curtis A. and Adele S. Collins Scholarship in 2009. In addition, UW-WC was “close to home, so I was able to be close to my family and save money.”
Now a registered nurse at Froedtert Hospital, Amanda also appreciates the fact that UW-WC is one of the few undergraduate college campuses in Wisconsin to have a human cadaver for Human Anatomy students, “which really helped me to understand the human body.” An avid volleyball player, Amanda played on the Lady Wildcats’ volleyball team and “loved meeting so many great people through volleyball.”
Youngest of the siblings, Alissa Straub began attending UW-WC in fall 2008. She chose UW-WC because “it was a lot more affordable than a four-year college.” According to Alissa, “I was able to live at home to save additional money, which made it even more affordable.” She completed her Associate degree at UW-WC in 2010. As a result of the Guaranteed Transfer Program, “all of my classes transferred very easily and all counted when I moved to UW- Oshkosh.” Her goals remain on tract as she will graduate this fall with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise and Fitness.
The opportunity to play sports in college was also important to Alissa. “I was able to play volleyball and tennis, which was something that I wanted to do at the collegiate level.” Like her sisters, Alissa made “lots of friendships,” including ones that have “lasted even after leaving UW-WC.” Along with her sister Amy, Alissa coaches the 12 purple team for West Bend Power Volleyball Club.
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