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Neeleigh Wollenzien

May 30, 2023

Neeleigh Wollenzien is a Health Science major who is also working on minors in Biology & Chemistry. The Towner, N.D. native plans to continue her education after graduating in the spring of 2024. Her ultimate goal is to earn her doctorate of physical therapy and get people back to being their best self.

What attracted you to VCSU? Neeleigh Wollenzien
My dad attended VCSU and growing up, he always talked about how much he loved it here. After being here for 3 years, I completely understand why he talked so highly of VCSU. Our campus is by far one of the prettiest to take a walk through, and everything is within walking distance! I’m also from a very small town, and the “small town” feel that everyone talks about at VCSU is so true. I’ve definitely found my home away from home.

Why did you choose your specific major?
I chose Health Science because I got to meet with Dr. Hilde on my tour of VCSU and she seemed like an amazing lady to work with. I knew it would not be an easy journey, but there are so many great faculty members in the science department who push me to be my best!

Which activities or groups are you involved in on campus?
I’m involved in Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society for Leadership and Success, Pre-Professional Club, New Student Orientation leader, and a Viking Voyage mentor.

Have you had any internship or student work opportunities at VCSU? If so, please describe your experience.
I have been filming for the VCSU football team since I was a freshman. I’ve always been able to have a flexible schedule with the coaches, which I am very appreciative of. Also, I get to travel with the team to watch them play! I’m also a lab assistant in the research lab in Rhoades Science Center. We have the opportunity to work with and maintain different types of cancer cells. This job has taught me a variety of different skills including responsibility, leadership, collaboration with others and more.

Neeleigh Wollenzien working in lab

Any advice for students thinking about attending VCSU?
If you are thinking about attending VCSU, please do it! VCSU is the place where I’ve found some of my best friends, while also being able to focus on my studies. It is super easy to meet people here, and if you’re ever in need of directions, you won’t be far from help! It is very easy to make good relationships with your professors, which is important because more than likely you will be taking many classes with them throughout your four years at VCSU.