Featured Student: Emily Gerlikovski

Emily Gerlikovski is a double major in English Literature and Communication with emphases in Public Relations and Social Media Communication, along with the LGBTQ+ Studies Certificate

When do you plan on graduating?  I plan on graduating in spring 2020.

Why did you major in English and Communication, along with the LGBTQ+ Certificate? Narrowing down what I wanted to major in was actually pretty hard for me, because I was interested in so much my freshman year. I came into college knowing I would at least minor in English, because I have always enjoyed reading and writing, and it would be a great compliment to almost any major or minor. Communication just happened by chance really. I took Introduction to Communication my sophomore year, and I immediately grew to love the subject, so I decided to first minor in it. Within a year, I decided I loved the subject so much, I wanted to also major in it with two emphases. Around this time, I also became aware that there’s an LGBTQ+ studies certificate students can earn, so I decided to pursue that too, since I’ve always been really involved with and passionate about LGBTQ+ issues; I think it’s an important addition and compliment to my two study areas.

What are your plans for after graduation? I plan on furthering my education in the field of communication. I would love to attend graduate school and get a teaching assistantship as well, because a dream of mine is to teach in higher education in the future.

What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am proud of my GPA; I’ve maintained a 4.0 so far throughout my college career. I’m also proud that I have continued to challenge myself every semester and how I can see my growth from freshman year. There are projects and tasks I am doing now in my classes and extracurriculars that I know I could not have done a couple years ago, and that’s an amazing feeling. 

What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I really want to make an impact on students and feel I’ve made my mark at Green Bay. I’m a TA and a Peer Mentor, so these experiences help me feel like I’m helping and influencing younger students to be passionate about their education. 

What do you do for fun?  I like to read a lot, and I’m someone who can get caught into those long loops of watching random YouTube videos

What else do you want people to know about you? I actually love school and learning, and if I could, I would probably stay in college for the rest of my life. That’s another reason why I would really like to work in higher education in the future, simply because I don’t want to leave! 

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