On Dec. 19, UW–Madison will celebrate its Winter 2021 Commencement. We reached out to a few of our students who are graduating from programs in the School of Education to learn about their favorite UW–Madison memories and future plans. Following is a Q&A with Caty Abitz, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
What brought you to UW–Madison?
I am originally from Madison — I grew up on the east side. I wanted to go to UW–Madison to be in the marching band and to pursue an elementary education degree from one of the top schools of education in the country.
What is your major, and how did you choose it?
I am graduating with a BS in elementary education. I will be certified to teach grades 1-8, English as a second language, and earth sciences. I’ve always had the aspiration to become an educator, and my interest in science education comes from my love for the environment and desire to help young people build relationships with the land and waters we live on.
What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison?
Building a strong community with people in the marching band here. I will be eternally grateful for the moments of happiness and friendships I’ve gained being a part of the band.
"I wanted to go to UW–Madison to be in the marching band and to pursue an elementary education degree from one of the top schools of education in the country."
Any advice for incoming students? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started at UW?
Join an organization within the university that allows you to pursue your passions and interests, in addition to your schooling. Take courses that broaden your perspectives on people, the world, and your place in it. Be kind to yourself, embrace your failures, and take advantage of the opportunities higher education offers.
What are your plans for the future?
I will begin teaching in January in a third grade science classroom in the Madison Metropolitan School District.
What is a “hidden gem” on campus, or in Madison?
I don’t think people utilize the Madison Public Library enough. The building is a work of art and an amazing place to study, read, relax, and generally spend your time.