December Student Spotlight - Katelyn VanRaden

President of SGA wants to make a difference on campus
By UW-Washington County

UW-Washington County’s December Student Spotlight is on Katelyn VanRaden of Mayville.  A graduate of Hartford Union High School, she plans to major in Business Management. As a full-time student, President of Student Government and juggling several jobs on the weekends and weeknights, Katelyn is already doing an amazing job of managing her time and resources.

The Spotlight highlights a UW-WC student’s academic achievement and provides the community with an inside look into campus life and a greater understanding of the diverse profiles and experiences of our students.

Katelyn Van RadenName:  Katelyn Van Raden
Age:  19
Hometown:  Mayville
Major:  Business Management
Career Goal: Marketing/Sales 
High School: Hartford Union High School, 2016   

Why did you choose UW-Washington County?   I chose UW-Washington County because it was close to home, has a smaller number of students in classes, and the tuition is low.    

Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time?  When I'm not at school I'm most likely working.  I nanny during the week, and waitress weeknights and weekends.  My free time is very limited.  When I actually have time to myself, I enjoy hiking, spending time with family and friends, and cooking.  I'm the President of the Student Government Association here on campus too.   

Who is your favorite professor or staff member?   My favorite staff member is Tima (Guled).  She is always there for students - whenever they need her.  Tima has given me helpful advice - not only for my education, but for life.    

What is your favorite class? My favorite class this semester is Philosophy Goes to the Movies!  This is the first time this class is offered on campus, and is co-taught with Professors Chris Yogerst and Mark Peterson. I like that the class meets just once a week. Typically, we watch a movie and then write a paper assessing its aesthetic frames. So far, all of the movies are ones that I have not seen and it has really opened my eyes to new genres.

Plans after UW-Washington County?  After I obtain my associate degree from UW-Washington County, I plan to transfer to UW-Oshkosh to earn my bachelor's degree in Business Management. While I’m leaning towards a job in the service industry, this degree has a versatile field that offers opportunities for a variety of skills and interests.

Advice for incoming UW-WC students?   Don't be afraid to branch out.  You should go outside of you comfort zone, and join a club.  This is the best way to meet and make friends here on campus!  

Role as President of SGA: Last year, I decided to get involved in SGA by becoming a senator. Very few of my high school friends attend UW-WC, so I wanted to make a new group of friends. Joining SGA has been one of the best decisions I have made so far!  I love to be involved on campus, meeting new people, and letting my voice be heard.  By taking on a leadership role as President of SGA, I have devoted my last year on campus to truly making a difference. I love being a part of this campus, and everything it stands for. One of SGA’s goals is to plan fun events (like the recent Casino night in November) to get students more involved here on campus. We also want to hear everyone's opinions. Don't be afraid to let us know what you're thinking or what we could improve - by talking with me or any one of the senators or by dropping a suggestion in one of the suggestion boxes on campus. I'm looking forward to a good year here at UW-Washington County!   

UW-Washington County is located at 400 S. University Drive in West Bend.  The campus is part of the University of Wisconsin System and offers freshman and sophomore level classes in over 250 majors. With dedicated faculty and small class sizes, it provides an optimal learning environment. For more information, visit the website, or email:


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications