Kaitlyn Jackson, Kinesiology

Kaitlyn JacksonWhere are you from, and what brought you to UW–Madison? 

I am from the Milwaukee area and wanted to attend UW–Madison due to its reputation of creating leaders in and out of the classroom. After being accepted into the Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program, I knew this was a place that could offer opportunities I never imagined while being challenged to be my best self.

What is your major, and how did you choose your major? 

I am majoring in Kinesiology: Exercise and Movement Science, with a certificate in Global Health.

I always loved sports and ran competitively in track and field, so the Kinesiology degree ties in perfectly with my history of athletics and interest in the human body. I am also interested in the social and environmental aspects that may impact one’s health and quality of life.

What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison? 

Through AHANA-MAPS Pre-Health Society, I have been able to help plan two campus-wide health disparities conferences that explore the challenges and resilience of BIPOC individuals in the health and science community in addition to preparing current students to succeed in their chosen field.

It is a privilege to be able to connect mainly pre-health students of color with professionals of color in order to build connections and encourage students to continue on their pre-health path.

"The Kinesiology degree ties in perfectly with my history of athletics and interest in the human body. I am also interested in the social and environmental aspects that may impact one’s health and quality of life."

Kaitlyn Jackson

What class or professor had the greatest impact on you, and why?

Counseling Psychology 620: Supporting Homeless in Schools (BASES Program). BASES is a service-learning course that pairs UW students with elementary students in the Transition Education Program. I had the opportunity to provide weekly mentorship while learning about the effects of homelessness, poverty, and trauma on child development.

Throughout my three years as a mentor, I have seen the impact of consistency in a person’s life when other factors they cannot control are happening as well. I learned from this experience that showing up is half the battle and being present for people in any way you are able to can create a significant, positive impact in your relationships with others.

What advice would you give to incoming students? 

Send in the application! There are so many opportunities available, including internships, study abroad experiences, and scholarships. You never know what you could experience if you don’t send in the application!

How will you celebrate your graduation?  

I will be attending in-person graduation at Camp Randall and celebrating this accomplishment with my family.

What are your plans for the future? 

I plan to apply to medical school this summer and matriculate into the fall 2022 class.

You’re a UW–Madison expert now, so we must ask: Where’s the best place to eat on campus? 

The best place to eat on campus is Himal Chuli on State Street. Their momos (dumplings) are delicious!

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