Hometown: Manitowoc, Wis.
High school attended: Manitowoc Lincoln High School (1993)
Current program or major: History
Why did you choose UW-Marinette? I chose UW-Marinette because it enables me to stay home with my family and is by far the most cost effective option for returning to school.
What surprised you the most about UW-Marinette when you arrived on campus? I particularly enjoy the smaller class sizes. I went to UW-Stevens Point after high school and ended up in lecture halls filled with 200 students all the time. I had friends who went to bigger schools like UW- Madison, and the professor didn’t even teach, the assistants did. The professor never really gets to know you or how to best aid you in your education like they do at UW-Marinette. It’s so much more “personalized” here.
Why did you choose your program/major? I always had an interest in history and it was my original major coming out of high school. I’m a returning student, finishing what I started and intend to embark on a new career path. The adage “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” has meaning for me now, after being in the workforce for 20 years.
What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? I’m learning something new every day. I had U.S. and World History in high school, but in college, you get so much more specific and detailed. You get insights and conversations far beyond “what” and “when”. You learn the “why,” and the “cause and effect”.
In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? I go to school full time, work full time, and have a wife and two kids, so I have no “free” time. I’m lucky if I manage to fit in mowing the lawn! But, strangely enough, I love it!
Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? As a history major, I would have to say Daniel Kallgren. He’s a fountain of knowledge and extremely personable. I enjoy going to class because I learn so much, and he makes it highly enjoyable. I also must thank Laxmi Chateau. Mathematics has never been my strong suit but, under his guidance, I did better than I ever had before.
What do you plan to do after UW-Marinette? I am transferring to UW-Milwaukee to finish my degree. They have a fully online history degree option, so I will be able to complete my studies from the Marinette-Menominee area, and that is extremely valuable to me and my family. My eventual goal is to teach, but that’s another chapter after my degree is complete.
What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marinette students? When I went to college the first time in the mid-1990s, I didn’t take it seriously. I had a wide variety of classes required by the school, and I didn’t look at them as opportunities but as burdens. They were “hoops to jump through” to get a degree. Keep in mind, a college education is not “job training,” it’s an education.
My primary advice for new students is to jump into your classes with both feet. Your degree will require you to study multiple disciplines. You may think you know what you want to do, but don’t ignore the degree requirement courses and don’t treat them as simply requirements of the system. You may find that you enjoy or excel at another subject. Don’t be afraid to explore these courses or to step out of your comfort zone.
Also, get involved in class. You learn by doing, and don’t be afraid to make a wrong answer. We are all here to learn, and no one knows all the right answers. It’s your future that you should focus on, not someone else’s, and participating in everything you can will help you more than you know.