Hometown: Sheboygan, Wis.
Major/emphasis: Business administration (management emphasis), Spanish and teaching English as a foreign language minor.
Internships served: Organizational intern at Above and Beyond Children's Museum.
Campus involvement: International office clerical assistant, Campus ambassador, Drumline (sophomore year), Resident Assistant, Conversation Partners, Spanish National Honor Society, National Society of Leadership & Success, Student Activities Foundation Board, Lakeland Fraud competition volunteer, Global Student Association.
Dream job: English teacher abroad (current pursuit); university dean (on-deck).
Why did you decide to attend Lakeland University?
As a first-generation college student paying for college on my own, I needed scholarships in order to attend a four-year school (my dream). I heard about scholarship opportunities at Lakeland when I was in high school so I applied. I went on about five tours, but couldn't make up my mind until I did an overnight stay at Lakeland with an ambassador. I sat in on a class that Dr. Dodgson was teaching, and loved everything about the small class energy. I could see how well students/professors knew each other. All of a sudden, I didn't want to go anywhere else.
What is one thing you want everyone to know about Lakeland University?
While Lakeland may appear to be a little campus in the middle of some cornfields, we are really in the middle of everywhere. The small class sizes allow you to truly connect with professors, leading to future job prospects and opportunities both inside and outside Sheboygan County. While Lakeland is a small school, we have many international students leading to friends around the world. Our students not only learn across the world, but understand more as a result.
How do you want to impact someone else's life as a young professional?
The one thing I've always been interested in is school. I've long considered becoming a teacher since teachers have been some of the most influential people in my life, whether in class or leading an organization. I plan to do this as I teach English as a foreign language. I want to be that person for future students who challenges them to achieve things they never thought they could, whether that's passing a class, studying abroad or just being able to attend college. I want to inspire students to think differently and to believe in themselves.
How will the Gala scholarship impact your future?
On paper, the Gala scholarship will impact my future as I can diminish the size of the loan I'll need for school. I'll have more time to be involved on campus, and I can avoid adding an off-campus position in addition to be an RA and other on-campus jobs. I'll also be able to take an internship regardless of pay.
Karley is being supported by Gala dancer Valerie Black.