Get to know Jonathan Decker

By UW-Marathon County

Photo of student Jonathan Decker

Age: 18

Hometown: Wausau

High school: Wausau East

Current program or major: Pre-med Biology

Why did you choose UW-Marathon County? For me, UWMC was the affordable option in the area. It gave me the chance to ease my way into college, get a great start to my education and figure things out before moving to a bigger university.

What surprised you the most about UW-Marathon County when you arrived on campus? I surprised by the amount of opportunities to be involved on campus.

Why did you choose your program/major? In high school, I had a strong background in STEM areas. I also have strong people skills, so building relationships with people and helping them with science seemed like a good fit.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? There are a lot of ways that a community of people can contribute to medicine. It surprised me how many people on campus are involved in medicine, and it encouraged me to seek out how I could participate in the medical community.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? I spend most of my free time with my family.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? My favorite professor has been Eduardo Gregori. I took Spanish classes in high school, but it was completely different learning the language from someone with a personal background in the language. He is an engaging instructor. It was interesting to hear him say: "This is what the book says is the grammatically correct way to say something, but that's not how normal Spanish speakers talk." I felt connected to the language.

What do you plan to do after UW-Marathon County? My next steps academically are to transfer to UW-Madison, pursue a biology degree, come back to town for medical school, and pursue a career in pediatrics.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marathon County students? Network! The best part of campus is getting involved and making connections with people. You never know who could help you out in the future.


Brian Becker