What brought you to UW–Madison?
I came to UW–Madison because of the FASTRACK program, which meant the next four years in college would be fully covered by donor gifts. Not only did the scholarship and grant money bring me to UW–Madison, but the location is only about 90 minutes away from home (Milwaukee) and the university has a wide selection of majors, minors, and certificates!
How did you choose your major?
I originally wanted to pursue animal science, but I realized that I’m great at math. I was undecided until the beginning of my sophomore year. Before I knew it, I was enrolling in courses to fulfill my pre-requisites and preparing to apply to the Elementary Education program. I had this drive and it just felt right that I wanted to do this for me and not anyone else.
What will you be focusing on during fall semester?
During the fall 2020 semester, my main priority is getting used to my hybrid schedule of both in-person and online classes that will kick off my Elementary Education program. Then, I will be prioritizing a new student organization my group and I co-founded called “Diverse Leaders in Education.” Its purpose will be to help and support students of color develop effective and essential leadership skills to prepare for the field of education after their undergrad and beyond.
Finally, as the risk management chair for alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority Incorporated, I will be executing workshops and providing support and resources for sexual assault victims, sxsters, and womxn focusing on the recent sexual assault crimes within the Greek community.
"I hope to pursue a career where I can actually make changes in the public school system, because I am a kid who graduated from a Milwaukee public school. I want to help BIPOC, especially low-income students, get a step further in life."
What are your hobbies or interests outside of classes?
I love to do nail art and play volleyball. Recently, I got into nail art because I wanted to learn something this summer and at least be semi-productive outside of summer classes and working remotely as a SOAR peer advisor for the School of Education. If you are interested in seeing some of the nail art, my Instagram tag is @alexusworkz.
What are your future plans?
I don’t have an exact timeline because I like to move wherever the wind takes me. First, I want to get a few years of experience teaching at the elementary level (preferably kindergarten through second grade). Then, I’d like to go back to school for my master’s or PhD in educational leadership and eventually get certified as a principal or superintendent. I hope to pursue a career where I can actually make changes in the public school system, because I am a kid who graduated from a Milwaukee public school. I want to help BIPOC, especially low-income students, get a step further in life by providing more funding for pre-college programs that I was involved in, such as Upward Bound UW-Milwaukee or Sponsor-A-Scholar (Boys and Girls Club).