Get to know Jonathan Decker

5/2/17
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.

Contact

Brian Becker
715-261-6296