UW-Waukesha’s April student spotlight is on Anthony Cattani of Delafield. A graduate of Kettle Moraine High School, Anthony plans to transfer to UW-Madison where he will major in Biology and then pursue a career as a plastic surgeon. He encourages new students to get involved on campus and take some risks.
The Spotlight highlights a UW-Waukesha student’s academic achievement and provides the community with an inside look into campus life and a greater understanding of the diverse profiles and experiences of our students.
Name: Anthony Cattani
High School: Kettle Moraine, 2017
Career Goal: Get into medical school to become a plastic surgeon.
Why did you choose your major? Plastic surgery has always fascinated me, and I hope that I can make others feel more confident in their bodies and give them the appearance they always wanted.
What surprised you most about UW-Waukesha when you arrived on campus? How active the campus life and community is. While being a smaller than a four-year university does not make UW-Waukesha any less intense. From clubs, organizations, and sports the campus never stops to amaze me with how active it is.
Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time? Besides being a student, I am also the president of ACT (Activity Coordination Team), which plans most of the fun events on campus. In addition, I am also a part of SGA (Student Government Association), where I hold the executive position of treasurer. In addition to these excellent organizations, I also run cross country in the fall. Beyond these groups, I am also an employee on the campus. I work with Candace Decker and Sue Kalinka, in the coffee corner as well as working with James Boling, with the pre-college program. Outside of UW-Waukesha, I volunteer as a mentor for my high schools FIRST robotics competition team, the Laser Robotics Team 2077. Finally, I am an associate trainer for Panera Bread. I also like taking naps if I have any free time.
Who is your favorite professor or staff member? Honestly, this is probably the hardest question. Everyone who is a part of the UW-Waukesha’s has always been welcoming and a great person to interact with. If I had to choose from the staff members, Candace Decker and Sue Kalinka, are my favorites. They do so much for the campus, but also make sure the students they interact with on the daily are always happy. From exciting conversations to just a simple hello they are fantastic people. They definitely make coming to UW-Waukesha fun and also seem like extended family to me. Academically I probably have to say Professor Bergquist (Communications-Theatre Arts), is one of my favorites. She has a way of engaging with the class that I have seen no other teacher or professor do in my academic career. She makes every class so exciting and fun. She also cares about her students - always open to discussion and willing to work with you.
What is your favorite class? CTA 218 (pop culture in media) was one of my favorite courses. It provided a unique experience by being a discussion lead class from the readings that we read. Being a new experience for me because it broke the traditional class mold and was more of a way to grow my critical thinking skills and start questioning the world around me. I was interested in every topic that we discussed and it was a delightful class for me.
Plans after UW-Waukesha? My eyes are still set on UW-Madison for my next step in my academic career. I hope to get my degree in biology and then transition into medical school for my doctorate in plastic surgery.
Advice for incoming UW-Waukesha students? Get involved in clubs and organizations on campus. There are honestly so many clubs and organizations on our campus that you will find something that fits you or you can create one of your own. They are great ways to meet new people and make long-lasting friendships. I would also say take advantage of resources on the campus. From your academic advisor, tutoring, and even professor’s office hours - there are so many resources available on the campus to make sure you succeed with your academics.
Additional thoughts: To quote the great Shia LaBeouf “just do it” while sounding a little cheesy - it is a great idea to live by. I think so many people are afraid of failure and that is why they never take a chance at anything, but I have always learned from my failures and became a stronger and better person because of them. For my first semester I have taken the risk to apply for an SGA position with no guarantee of winning, and now I am working closely with the UW-System merger as a result. I enrolled in a more substantial class load for my first semester and was accepted into the honors society because of it. Moreover, I took short notice trip of a lifetime to China with my cousin - which has always been a dream of mine over the winter break. By just taking a few risks I have still grown as a person and will never regret it.