Hometown: Greater Wausau Area
High school attended: Homeschooled
Current program or major: Accounting
Why did you choose UW-Marathon County? Last summer, I was looking to transfer back to my home state of Wisconsin from my previous university in South Carolina. I knew UWMC graduates who successfully transferred to UW-Madison, my ultimate school goal, so I scheduled a meeting with the advisors; they were so helpful and knowledgeable. I also had heard about the high quality of academics at UWMC, so I decided to come here to finish my pre-business courses before heading to UW-Madison. Best decision ever.
What surprised you the most about UW-Marathon County when you arrived on campus? I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the teachers and the accepting nature of the students. The teachers are superb, engaging and skilled at communicating. I feel like the academic rigor challenged me to grow more as a person than I had at my old school. I came to UWMC knowing no one and feeling a bit out of place. I got to know other students through projects and chatting before class, and they were really accepting of me and my background.
Why did you choose your program/major? I originally went into accounting not knowing much about it, except that it was related to business, which I liked. I have never regretted that semi-blind leap of faith. Accounting is fascinating; it is logical and organized yet requires a flexible and open mind. Like a puzzle, all the pieces of financial information must fit together to provide useful information to the clients.
What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? Accounting can be an excellent way to help people. Contrary to media portrayal, we aren’t bean-counting trolls. In reality, accountants help companies stay healthy financially and can be lifesavers to individuals who are uncertain about their taxes.
In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? This past semester I worked as a tax assistant at a local CPA firm. I really enjoyed the insights into my major I received through that experience. I also was part of the Branch, an entrepreneurial skill-developing team sponsored by the Wausau Chamber of Commerce. I also volunteer as a Sunday school teacher, enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, like drawing, playing piano and reading books.
Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? I like all the professors I have had here at UWMC and appreciate the knowledge and life skills that they have imparted to me.
What do you plan to do after UW-Marathon County? I plan to transfer to the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison, finish up my degree and then take the Wisconsin CPA exam. I hope to get a job as an accountant in northcentral Wisconsin or in Madison. I’m excited to see what the future will hold for me!
What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marathon County students? Work hard, appreciate others, and have fun. Keep in mind these quotes: “Do what is right, not what is easy” (unknown); “Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch” (Ivern Ball); “The real riches of this world are in relationships — with God and with others” (my dad). College is the springtime of your life, a time to plant and grow the seeds of your future. Branch out and grow deep. You will be grateful you did.