Get to know Andrea Bargender

By UW-Marathon County

Student Andrea Bargender

Age: 20

Hometown: Edgar, Wis.

High school attended: Edgar High School

Current program or major: Dietetics


Why did you choose UW-Marathon County? I chose UW-Marathon County not only because of its proximity to home but also for the quality education it provides, the low tuition, and the preparation I gain for future college courses that require certain skills and knowledge. The comfort of this small campus helped me immensely adjust to the college environment, as I transitioned from high school.

What surprised you the most about UW-Marathon County when you arrived on campus? The professors are unceasingly willing to help you with any struggles you are having with their courses. They will go to great lengths to help you succeed by answering your emails, meeting with you during or outside office hours or going to the lab to review course material.

Why did you choose your program/major? For years, I have been interested in health. Since nutrition is a huge contributor to overall health, I would love to learn more about nutrition and utilize that knowledge to help others and myself achieve optimal health.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? One rewarding aspect of dietetics is that it studies the nutrition content of food and applies that knowledge to help others make smart food choices so they can treat and prevent certain health conditions.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? Other than watching Packers games, listening to music, doing various sports for recreation (running, biking, dance, basketball), and spending time with family, I volunteer at my church and in community activities like bake sales that help fund religious and academic education for children in the area. Also, there is always something to do on the small dairy farm I live on.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? All of my professors and advisors have guided and helped me; so I can't narrow it down to one individual. However, I really appreciate my science professors who answer my many questions.

What do you plan to do after UW-Marathon County? I plan to transfer to UW-Stevens Point for the fall 2018 semester and complete my dietetics major. Upon earning my bachelor’s degree, I will enter an internship to gain certification as a registered dietician, possibly at UW-Green Bay.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marathon County students? Don’t hesitate to meet with your professors if you are having trouble with your courses or are unsure about some ideas. Addressing your concerns and questions helps you reach your full potential and success in academics and life.


Brian Becker