Q&A with a #UWSOAR Intern – Vanessa Balistrieri

Vanessa Balistrieri is a Music and Anthropology major from Sussex, WI. As a talented vocalist, Vanessa is a member of UW’s most selective choir and a long-time and beloved CFYE employee. She answered a few of our questions about her own SOAR experiences and what it means to work for a school she loves so much.

  1. What was your SOAR experience like?

My SOAR experience was very helpful and made me feel less anxious about coming to campus. The only downside was that I was on crutches…so climbing Bascom was absolutely miserable.

  1. What is your favorite thing about working for SOAR?

Working for SOAR is so much fun. The rest of the staff is so friendly it hardly feels like work at all, especially because we try to make each day as fun and positive as we can for our guests. And talking with SOAR participants and their guests about how wonderful UW-Madison is is definitely the best part of the job.

  1. What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I grow up I want to work with students on a college campus in the same way I work with students through SOAR. It means grad school after I’m finished at UW, but it’s worth it.

  1. What is your least favorite movie and why?

Probably James and the Giant Peach. It kind of terrifies me.

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