Meet our Miss Oshkosh 2013, Chelsey Wasielewski

My name is Chelsey Wasielewski. I am a Junior at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I am Majoring in Psychology and my Minor is Women’s Studies. I will graduate in May 2014 and I have the hope of continuing my education in Graduate School for Counseling Psychology. One day I would love to have my own private practice and specialize in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am originally from Greendale Wisconsin, which is a suburb of Milwaukee. Although I am not “from” Oshkosh, I consider Oshkosh to be my home and I have greatly enjoyed the three years that I have had the pleasure of residing in such an amazing city. I am so honored to be able to represent Oshkosh as this years Miss Oshkosh 2013 and be able to reach out to so many people promoting my platform: Autism Awareness.

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I have been involved with pageants since I was eight years old and the Miss America Organization has help shape me into the person that I am today. I am so happy that an organization like this exists - one that empowers women to achieve their goals, both personal and professional, while providing the opportunity to express their opinions, intelligence, and talent. I feel so blessed that I have been given the opportunity to make a positive impact on our community, and the ability to achieve my goal of raising awareness about the prevalence of Autism, why knowing and understanding about Autism matters, and the importance of therapy as a solution. image

I am really passionate about my platform, Autism Awareness, because I have had the honor of working with a six year old boy who has Autism through my work as a Line Therapist with Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program. This treatment program provides in-home autism treatment, and I work with the child on their individual goals such as communication, self help skills, social skills, and safety skills. I have become more aware of what it means to have Autism and I incorporate the importance of therapy into my platform because I have seen firsthand how someone with Autism’s life can be improved through behavioral therapies.

I am already taking action with my platform and that is very exciting. I will be partnering with UWO for the Mr. UWO pageant held on campus that will generate vital funds for Autism Speaks which funds research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis. I will also be participating in the Walk 4 Autism in April that also funds autism research and also raises awareness. I also want to become an Autism Speaks Science Ambassador, and start an Autism Speaks U Chapter for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. imageimage

I want to give a special thanks to the Miss Oshkosh Organization and everyone involved. Without this organization none of this would be possible. Thank you for providing me with this amazing opportunity as well as providing young women with scholarship money in order to continue or further their education. I know this will help me immensely in the rest of my college career and studying abroad.

Lastly, I want to thank my family and friends. I am truly blessed to have such amazing people in my life. You all will never know how much your kind words and support mean to me and how much I appreciate you all. Thank you.

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Fun Facts:

  • I am 100% Polish and proud of it!
  • I have been to Poland, Italy, Mexico, and a few US states, in particular Florida
  • I will be studying abroad in Tanzania next year researching animal behavior
  • I am the President of the International Honor Society in Psychology, Co-Student Director of CARE (Campus Awareness for Relationship Education) and I am one of the Student Ambassadors for the University Studies Program
  • I have been performing (dancing, modeling, acting) since I was three.
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