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Newaukeean of the Week

Zachary Harper

Meet a truly unique student at UW-Milwaukee.

By - Nov 19th, 2012 05:24 pm
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How long have you lived in Milwaukee and why did you choose to live here?
I spent most of my childhood within the confines of Greater Milwaukee. Though, it wasn’t until coming home after a five-year overseas tour in the Army that I started to truly appreciate the unique beauty that lies closer to the heart of this city. I settled back down on the East Side almost three years ago; since then, I never stopped discovering new exciting dimensions that thrive across this diverse community.

Zachary Harper

Zachary Harper

What is one thing you’d like to see Milwaukee do better?
I love a smooth public transportation system. As a frequent commuter, I have few complaints about the bus system; I think they’ve managed themselves well through budget cuts. Though, more options would be nice. My Utopia is Milwaukee with a subway.

What is your favorite event in Milwaukee and why?
Besides MAM After Dark, Gallery Night and Day is definitely one that I rarely miss. What could be better than running around the Third Ward and Bay View checking out awesome local art while getting some sweet free crackers and cheese along the way? The creative side of Milwaukee never fails to inspire me.

What about Milwaukee makes it a place you want to live and work?
It’s the people. Many people I’ve met and worked with have been very inspirational, supportive, and driven. Not too often have I felt so welcomed into a community with such a great sense of mutual purpose. The community. Whether you’re Downtown, in Bay View, on the East Side, etc, there’s a local business on every block. Its amazing to me how each of these local businesses work together and support each other. We are all willing to help out to bring more joy and excitement to this city.

What do you do?
I’m a full time student at UWM as a Psychology Major, an Army Reservist, and an officer for a non-profit: Student Veterans of America – Milwaukee Chapter (SVA-MKE). While I’m busy researching the effects of trauma from a scientific perspective; my role in the SVA and continued service has really helped me get to know the people to whom I plan to commit my entire career. My hope for the future is to keep researching and growing a strong veteran support community in Milwaukee; possibly to spread our programs and lessons learned across other non-profits and the US.

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One thought on “Newaukeean of the Week: Zachary Harper”

  1. Begonia says:

    This Newaukeean feature is great but…can’t you find any Newaukeeans who aren’t white?

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