Get to know Eric Weaver

By UW-Marathon County

Student Eric Weaver

Age: 20

Hometown: Wausau

High school: D.C. Everest High School

Current program or major: Mathematics

Why did you choose UW-Marathon County? I chose UWMC because it offers a thorough and versatile education at a low price. The student to teacher ratio is spectacular, and the professors are very approachable. An education from UWMC sets up many options – the transfer acceptance rates are very high, and an associate degree widens options in the workforce.

What surprised you the most about UW-Marathon County when you arrived on campus? The UWMC library is fantastic. It is a great place to get work done, and provides students with access to thousands of books, as well as millions of articles from online databases. The librarians are extremely helpful, and the atmosphere keeps distractions to a minimum.

Why did you choose your program/major? Mathematics has always been an area of interest to me. I have a very logical mind, so being able to reason out problems and techniques has always been appealing to me. Science is also very logical, but reasoning it out is a little more difficult since the evidence for the reasoning is often not intrinsically available like it is in math. Math is universal, so it is easy to make these connections. A mathematics major is very applicable in the workforce as well.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? I hope to graduate with a major in mathematics and then get into medical school. Graduating from medical school would be rewarding because I enjoy helping people. Becoming a doctor would put me in a position to help many people in a significant way.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? I enjoy playing the piano. I have been playing since I was six-years-old and volunteer at a local hospital, where I play for patients in the hospice house. I mostly play as a hobby, but I’ve played at a wedding and have been invited to play at another. It is a wonderful stress reliever.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? My favorite professor has been Dr. Penny Workman. She presents material in a clear and organized fashion and provides students with stimulating facts that demonstrate the application of chemistry around the world. She is always open to questions during class and is frequently available for questions outside of class.

What do you plan to do after UW-Marathon County? After my final semester at UW-Marathon County, I plan to attend UW-Stevens Point, where I will continue to work towards a mathematics degree, take prerequisite courses for medical schools and prepare for the MCAT.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marathon County students? Participate. It is easy to sit in the back of a lecture hall and listen to a professor talk for an hour. Instead, I recommend sitting near the front and submerging yourself in the class. Ask questions, make connections and put in the effort. It will pay off. 


Brian Becker