Shoemaker graduates from UWP

May 14, 2003

PLATTEVILLE- I've known that I've wanted to be a lawyer since the eighth grade. I've always been interested in law. My mom was interested in politics and my father believed in fairness right down to the last penny... I learned my sense of justice from my father," said Tricia Shoemaker, who will graduate from UW-Platteville, and pursue her desire to become an attorney at law school.

Shoemaker, a native of Fredonia, will graduate with a major in political science with an emphasis in law and a minor in criminal justice.

Shoemaker has been involved in a variety of activities and organizations while at UWP. She served as diversity director for student senate for two years, has been involved with the Pre-Law Society for four years and was co-captain of the mock trial team. Shoemaker is a member of mock trial, a team oriented competition. She holds the school record for the number of individual awards received for mock trial competitions.

"I spent a lot of time and got to know the team members. Now, they are some of my closest friends," Shoemaker said.

In her spare time, Shoemaker enjoys traveling, reading, sewing and exercising.

"The best thing about UWP is that I was allowed the opportunity to interact with a large diversity of people," said Shoemaker.

Shoemaker offered the advice of coming to college with an open mind and heart.

"If you come with an open mind, expectations can come true - meeting new people, experiencing events and programs - it could be a window to the real world. If you set unrealistic goals you will be disappointed," said Shoemaker.

Shoemaker's future plans are to attend law school pursuing the topic of government law. She plans to marry Eric Walker, an engineering student from Janesville. Walker and Shoemaker met at UWP.

Shoemaker plans on pursuing a career as an attorney and hopes to stay in Wisconsin, specifically the Madison area. She hopes to get involved with local politics as well.

"My parents have supported me through college. I wouldn't be able to do what I do without them," said Shoemaker.

"Professor John Rink has been very supportive and tries to challenge you in class and help answer questions," said Shoemaker. Rink is Shoemaker's academic advisor and coach for the mock trial team. Shoemaker learned a lot from professors Tom Waters and Kathryn Winz as well. They challenged her to a higher level of thinking.

Shoemaker initially chose to attend UWP because of the teacher-student ratio and the ability to be involved in activities. "It is important to have professors that care and are willing to take the extra step and willing to give information that will help students succeed in real-life," said Shoemaker.


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