Get to know Adam Yarish

By UW-Marathon County

student Adam YarishAge: 22

Hometown: Wausau, Wis.

High School attended: Wausau West High School

Current program or major: English Literature

Why did you choose UW-Marathon County? I chose the UWMC because it’s close to home, it’s super affordable, and I knew that the quality of the education I could get here was high.

What surprised you the most about UW-Marathon County when you arrived on campus? There’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. I made the assumption because it’s a smaller school, there wouldn’t be a lot to get involved in. There are many clubs and events, lectures, open mic sessions, and a literary magazine too!

Why did you choose your program/major? Choosing a major has been a bit of a trial and error process for me. There are many things I’m interested in! However, as I have navigated through classes, I’ve been able to use the classes I enjoyed and was successful in to help guide me. I am currently an English literature major. It feels like a good fit.

What are you learning about your major that you find interesting or rewarding? English literature appeals to me because I love the classes I get to take and the things I am learning. Plus, I’m not sure exactly what my niche is yet and with the rapid advancements in technology, it pays to be flexible.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? When I’m not working or doing homework, I try to squeeze some fun into my schedule. That could mean catching up with friends, hiking with my dog or heading to the curling club and getting in a little practice.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? It’s really tough to choose. I can’t name another institution where I’ve experienced so many kind, helpful and intelligent people. I often chat in the hallways with professors, both current and past. Dr. Katie Kalish has really helped grow my skills as a writer, researcher and literary analyst, building my passion for literature.

What do you plan to do after UW-Marathon County? I’m still considering my options. I’m working on applications for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stevens Point, as well as the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marathon County students? Get involved! The best way to enhance your experience is to make new friends and get rooted in your campus. For me, having a campus job introduced me to a lot of great people, and it makes coming to school on the toughest days bearable.


Brian Becker