Success On And Off The Court

We had the chance to speak with basketball star Kerrigan Lyga about her experience at Western. This girl can do it all!

-Tell us a little about yourself.

My hometown is Fountain City, WI. I have three older brothers and a dog.  One of my brothers, Parker, played basketball for Western for two years.  I’m kind of a workaholic, I currently have 5 jobs because I hate doing the same thing every day and I get bored easily.  I’m a full time student and I play basketball. I love hiking and hanging out with my friends and my boyfriend of 5 years. I transferred to Western last Spring from UW Oshkosh, and my favorite season is fall because I get to wear sweaters and jeans every day.  My favorite quote is “You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be.”

-What year and what position to you play?

I’m technically a first year basketball player, but I transferred to Western last spring from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  Chad let me practice and travel with last years team, so I feel like I’ve been around for awhile.  My position on the court is a forward/post player, which sometimes is fun because i’m a lot smaller and quicker than other posts, but on the other hand it’s challenging because sometimes the girls we play against are a lot taller and stronger than I am.

-What is your program?

I am in the business management program, and I added the digital marketing certificate so that I could be a full time student all year next year, and play another full year of basketball.

-Who has been your favorite instructor at Western?

My favorite instructor has been Ray Slattery.  I had an entrepreneurship class with him last term, and this term I have a marketing class.  He is so fun and it’s hard not to pay attention in his classes.  He goes out of his way to ask how you’re doing, and he genuinely cares about the answer.  I always tell other students that if they have the chance to take one of his classes, that they definitely should.

-What has been your favorite thing about Western?

My favorite thing about Western is that you get to know people in your classes as well as your instructors. Which is much different than having a 600 person lecture hall at UW-O.  You can actually participate in class discussions at Western, and there are so many opportunities in the community.

-Future career goals?

My future career goal is to get a good paying job in management, and continue to build my online business on the side.  Eventually, I hope to quit my regular person job, and put all my time into my business, but until then I’m hoping that I will be able to find a job I like right after graduation.

-Advice for future students?

My advice for future students is to get involved, talk to your instructors and go to classes.  Join a sport or a club or go to the gym or even get an on campus job.  Your time at Western is limited, you’re going to meet some of your best friends, you’ll ask yourself how you’ve lived without them for all these years, and you’re going to have to part ways with them way too soon.  So make sure to spend as much time with them as you can, because it’s going to go fast, and you’re going to ask yourself where the time went.

What an incredible student. Best of luck, Kerrigan!