Fanny Wadling: College of Education and Human Development Outstanding Graduating International Student

Fanny Wadling of Nacka, Sweden, is the Outstanding Graduating International Student in the College of Education and Human Development. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and physical education, with a minor in business administration, and a concentration in exercise science. Wadling is a member of the women’s basketball team and was named to the Elite 18 for America East. For three years, she also was a Team Maine member. She is staying a fifth year at UMaine to earn a business management degree and to play her final year of eligibility.

What difference has UMaine made in your life and in helping you reach your goals?
Moving here has made me learn more about people in general and myself. It has made me grow as a person and helped me figure out my path for the future.

Have you had an experience at UMaine that has changed or shaped the way you see the world?
In many ways, Maine reminds me of home, but in other ways it is completely different. My experience at UMaine has helped me understand cultural differences, but also similarities.

Why UMaine?
UMaine has such a family feel to it and I have felt welcomed since day one.

Have you worked closely with a professor or mentor who made your UMaine experience better?
Jennifer McNulty and Niclas Erhardt are two professors who have done so much for me in terms of helping me academically, but also to feel welcomed in a new country. By always having their doors open and wanting to help, they have made my experience at UMaine better.

What advice do you have for incoming students to help them get off to the best start academically?
Know that there are so many people around you that want to help you succeed, listen to them, and let them help.

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745