Tori Cupertino is freshmen majoring in psychology with a in minor expressive and therapeutic arts.

“I was born and raised in Fond du Lac. I participated in the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program all through high school. Now that I’m at Marian, I’m using the services available through TRIO SSS. There was nothing I didn’t like about the UBMS program. The staff were wonderful and great. They were there for me for academics and for things just in general. UBMS was a great support system…like a family. I recommend the UBMS program to others every single day of my life.

I chose Marian because of my experience with UBMS. I feel good and safe here. Because I’ve spent so much time here, I feel like I’m at home. I visited other schools and they just weren’t Marian.

Due to life experiences, I was able to learn and thrive because of people working in fields that linked to psychology; I want to be that person for other people, particularly children and teens.

I work in the writing center. I’ve joined the psychology club. Art club will be next. I engage with TRIO events and workshops. The combination of all these things, plus my off-campus job, makes me very busy!

My advice to students is get involved and reach out to the resources. People here are willing to help. Get to know other students and your professors. The transition from high school can be difficult, but get out there, get involved, ‘start over’. There are lots of opportunities. “