"The only difference between falling and failing is whether or not you chose to get up."

 My name is Kali Kramolis. I am currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and I live my life by the above quote. It is one that has gotten me through difficult times in the gymnastics gym, on the track, in the classroom and just in life in general.

I am studying Pre-Medicine and am also obtaining Spanish and Chemistry minors. I have been an athlete my entire life, competing in gymnastics since I was nine, and now am a member of the UW-L track team! Athletics are a huge factor in what has driven my decision to become a medical doctor. It seems as though I am constantly injured, so I spend a lot of time in the health-care environment and want nothing more to be able to work with and help athletes like myself someday. This has been a goal of mine since middle school. I am unsure exactly what specialty in medicine I want to go into but am leaning toward orthopedics.

 As mentioned above, I am a member of the University's track team. I specialize in the short-distanced hurdle races (55 meters indoors and 100 meters outdoors) but am running some short sprints and relays as well. Being a student-athlete and maintaining good grades is extremely difficult and stressful at times (I've learned A LOT about time management!), but it is definitely worth it. I cannot imagine my college experience without my amazing teammates and coaches and have experienced and learned so much that I would not have had I not been a part of the team. I would not be who I am today without the influence of athletics. I am also a part of Volunteering Within and Pre-Med Club and volunteer in the Rehab Center at Gundersen Lutheran hospital here in La Crosse.

 I grew up in River Falls, Wisconsin with an amazing family of six and the best friends I could ever ask for. The Kramolis household is always a hectic one; there is never a dull moment, but I wouldn't want it any other way. I have so much to be thankful for and don't know what I'd do without any of my family or friends. Although ten years younger than me (to the day), my little sister has taught me more than anyone else on the planet.

On the rare occasion I have time to spend outside of being on the track or in the library, I enjoy eating (EVERYTHING), socializing, shopping, reading and being active! My family's cabin is my absolute favorite place on the entire planet.  Wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, swimming, soaking up the sun, all with my friends and family--It doesn't get much better than that! Although I am open to anything and everything music-wise, I am a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and would love nothing more than to see them in concert. I am also addicted to the show House and have seen every episode of Friends three times.

I sincerely hope that you enjoyed the site and learned a lot about Photeros annecohenae! I know I did! I also hope your tour of this site left you with an even greater appreciation for the complexity of life around you.

Please contact me at kramolis.kali@uwlax.edu with any questions! You may also contact my professors, Dr. Gregory Sandland at sandland.greg@uwlax.edu and Dr. Tom Volk at volk.thom@uwlax.edu. And please don't forget to check out my classmates' sites at www.multipleorganisms.net! You'll be glad you did!