By Micaela Myers
For Milo Page, there was no better choice than the University of Wyoming. “I strongly believe that I couldn’t have received a better educational experience at any other university in the country,” says the 2014 graduate who completed majors in statistics and mathematics with honors, and a minor in computer science.
Page is now studying for his doctorate in statistics. “I got into my top-pick graduate school, which is North Carolina State University in Raleigh,” he says. “They have an incredible statistics program. They recruited me, so they really think there’s a lot of promise coming from this school.”
Much of his success, he says, is thanks to his UW professors. “The connections with professors have been a clear highlight. I got to shoot pool weekly with a professor from the statistics department. Professors are so available here. They’ve guided me very well as an undergraduate. They spent a lot of time with me. I feel like I’m extremely well prepared because of that. You go to a lot of other universities that may have more prestigious names, and it seems like it’s hard as an undergraduate to get that much face time with professors. Here, everyone knows me by my first name. That’s incredible.”
Page’s path to college success wasn’t a linear one. As a homeschooler whose mother was getting her doctorate at UW, he started here at age 15 in 2002. However, wanderlust got a hold of him, and for many years he traveled and worked at various jobs. A nonprofit job in California eventually revealed his talents for data analysis. “I finally came back in spring of 2010 for this final round as a statistics major,” Page says. “I think it’s a great school. My experience here has been that if you work hard, the professors are brilliant, and they’re right there to support you.
“There are so many scholarships available and financial support,” he adds.
Page was active in a number of things during his time at UW, including serving as an ambassador to the dean and on committees for the College of Arts and Sciences. “I love the intramural sports here,” Page says, adding that he played intramural basketball and dodge ball. “There are so many cultural, music and dance events, and I went to a lot of those. I always checked the WyoCal. It’s very easy to get involved in things.”
Page also took part in the swing dancing student organization and the UW Honors Program. “We went to New York City for one of our honors classes,” he says. “That was incredible. We learned history and saw a bunch of Broadway plays.”
He encourages incoming students to take advantage of the resources available. “Reach out if you need help,” he says. “There’s so much support here with the University Counseling Center, Student Success Services—there are all these people who are on your side and trying to help you succeed.”
Page’s accomplishments at UW earned him a spot as a 2014 Tobin Memorial Award finalist, an award that honors top graduating male students. With his two UW degrees, he feels well prepared to excel in his doctorate program and go on to a successful career in business.
One of the 10 Cowboy Ethics adopted by UW is “Remember that some things aren’t for sale.” Alumnus Milo Page has always followed his dreams wherever they took him. Those dreams eventually led him to excel at UW and put him on a path for a successful business career.