Student Staff Team

Emma Cox

Career Peer Advisor

Hometown: Cottage Grove, WI
Major: Community and Nonprofit Leadership, Criminal Justice Certificate

Fun fact: My cat has extra toes.

Like all of us at one point in our lives, I wanted to be a lawyer after watching Law and Order. After learning more about the criminal justice system, I realized that there are a lot of injustices occurring in our legal system, which made me want to work to right those wrongs. As a senior, I aim to attend law school and become a civil rights attorney.

The pre-law track is relatively planned out: You earn your degree, take the LSAT, apply to law schools that have your interests. But even within the pre-law track, there is a lot of uncertainty. As a Career Peer Advisor, I hope to help students appreciate that uncertainty and and make space to explore for their future.

Sarah Emert

Career Peer Advisor

Hometown: Leawood, KS
Major: Biology and Spanish

Fun fact: I studied abroad in Granada, Spain!

I love animals, so I always thought I wanted to be a vet. After shadowing a vet, I realized it would be too emotional for me. Now, I’m planning on going to graduate school to become a Physician’s Assistant.

Being able to explore careers based on my interests has been very helpful, and as a Career Peer Advisor I get to work with people and help them problem solve. Having a path is both extremely relieving and exciting, and I hope to help others figure that out.

Madeline (Maddie) Harty

Career Peer Advisor

Hometown: Genesee Depot WI
Major: International Studies, Certificates in African Studies, Global Health, and Developmental Economics

Fun fact: I was pushing expensive sound equipment to the studio where I tech a dance class at the Nat, and I took a corner too quickly and all of it toppled over. All my participants saw, I was so mortified! Thankfully, the equipment was fine.

I wanted to be a ballerina or a cowgirl, but seeing as neither of those have panned out, I figured it was probably best to change lanes. Now, I’m proud to be a worker in the federal/public sector and serve the American people and the world in any way I can.

UW-Madison offers endless local, state, national, and international opportunities that I wanted to be a part of, but as a freshman I felt so lost. I have had wonderful mentors and advisors throughout my college career that helped me navigate my career goals and have helped me grow as an individual. At SuccessWorks, I hope I can help others shape their career path and offer the same assistance that I received.

Aanjanaye Kajaria

Career Peer Advisor

Hometown: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Major: Computer Science and Economics

Fun fact: I am a professional badminton player in India.

I’ve always looked up to the cosmos, which made me want to be study it, until I found out all the schooling required to do so. Now, I’m interested in computer science, where I’m hoping I can combine my two passions as an astrophysicist. As a Career Peer Advisor and die-hard coffee drinker, I get to help other students aim for the stars and help the society that has helped me so much, as we all get to enjoy some great free coffee in the SuccessWorks lobby.

Samantha Miller

Career Peer Advisor

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Major: Biology, Certificates in Gender & Women’s Studies and Health & the Humanities

Fun fact: I’ve run two half marathons (and counting!)

I’m notoriously indecisive, taking as much as 10 minutes to narrow down what ice cream flavor I should order. Surprisingly, my future career is something that I never really had to think about (as cheesy as that sounds). I’m currently working toward becoming an OB/GYN, where I hope to work in Milwaukee and act as an advocate for historically disenfranchised groups in healthcare.

Thinking about your future career is often one of the most daunting parts of our college experience. At SuccessWorks, I want to be able to ease some of those fears and work with students every step of the way.

Erin Pankow

Graduate Student Intern

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN
Graduate Degree: Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Master’s Program

Fun fact: I am fascinated with weather, and have previously been a certified “storm spotter” through the National Weather Service. I also love to go storm chasing in the summer, and am hoping to plan a tornado chasing adventure!

When I was younger, I wanted to be an archaeologist and a news anchor. I don’t quite know how the combination would actually work, but it still sounds cool. Now, I’d like to work in student services at a college or university.

As a graduate student intern at SuccessWorks, I get to help students discover their interests and potential. I hope to make the daunting abyss of starting the job search more manageable, and hopefully fun!

Caitlin Wolf

Event Planning Assistant

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Major: Journalism, Digital Studies Certificate

Fun fact: My friend and I wrote to the Ellen Show and won free tickets to see her live taping!

Throughout my life, I changed my career ambitions more than a few times. I thought I wanted to be an architect, to even a purse designer at one point. I have a wide range of passions that makes it difficult for me to settle on a career, but SuccessWorks has helped me immensely. As the Event Planning Assistant, I hope to help other students find their niche.

Ariana (Ari) Baldassano

Video and Digital Media Assistant

Hometown: Barrington, IL
Major: Journalism and Communication Arts, Digital Studies Certificate

Fun fact: I went from first to dead last in a March Madness bracket with one of my Comm Arts classes as “LeBracket James.”

When I was growing up I thought I’d be a lawyer or sports agent but now I think I want to be a producer for a local news station. As the Video and Digital Media Assistant, I have the amazing opportunity to combine media, storytelling, and helping Badgers find their way, which I could’ve desperately used when I was a first-year student.

Samantha (Sam) Jones

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Hometown: Rochester, MN
Major: Journalism, Certificates in Environmental Studies and Development Economics

Fun fact: I am insanely good at telling the time by looking at the sun’s position in the sky.

Growing up, I wanted to be an author or an editor for a publishing company. As I got older, I realized I didn’t want to do either of these things as a career. I mean, maybe on the side, but who knows? I realized I like hearing others talk about their passions and talking about mine. I’m very passionate about politics and the environment, so I aim to be an environmental lawyer.

As the Marketing and Communications Assistant, I have the opportunity to improve my writing and communication skills, and learn what others are passionate about and share that with others to help them turn their goals into reality. I have been the “advice-giver” for as long as I can remember, and I am a die-hard believer that “we rise by lifting others.”

Jessica (Jess) Sullivan

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Hometown: Napa, CA; Viroqua, WI
Major: English, Psychology

Fun fact: The right side of my body is four inches shorter than my left.

I was (and still am) a nerd. I thought a lot about what I wanted to do when I was older, but I usually got my career aspirations from books. I wanted to be an archeologist, a photographer, a crime scene investigator, and a surgeon.

Although I went through the majority of my college career as a pre-med student, I realized that they could count me out of physics and organic chemistry. Now, I hope to go into publishing. I hope to help students feel less alone about not knowing what they want to do, or changing their minds as a Marketing and Communications Assistant.