Kiersten Block

Age: 20

Hometown: Waupaca

High school attended: Waupaca High School

Current program or major: Wildlife ecology

Why did you choose UW-Stevens Point at Wausau?

I didn’t even know about the two-year campuses until my junior year of high school. We came here for the Vocal Jazz Festival and that’s where I met Dr. (Timothy) Buchholz. After meeting and working with him, he’s the one who convinced me to come to school here.

What surprised you the most about UW-Stevens Point at Wausau when you arrived on campus?

I was surprised by how accessible my professors are. I’ve always heard stories about teaching assistants being the ones who run the classes and help with questions, so to be able to go sit in a chemistry professor’s office for an hour getting help was amazing.

Why did you choose your program/major?

I’ve known since middle school that I wanted to go into a field where I can work with animals. Wildlife ecology is a great program for someone like me, who really wants to focus on caring for animals and their habitats.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?

Recently, I learned that I also can get a minor in captive wildlife. With this background I could work for a wildlife sanctuary that rescues and rehabilitates injured animals. I love finding out the many ways I can work with animals.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?

I work in the Solution Center on campus, and I sing in the concert choir and vocal jazz ensemble. Although I earn credits for these courses, I don’t really consider them normal classes. Having choir during the day is my break from studying and working. It’s a fun hour to just relax.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?

This is probably the hardest question to answer. At least six or seven people come to mind, but I will say Dr. Buchholz. He’s so passionate about his music and choirs, and he truly cares for his students. Whether you need help learning your part to a song or just want to improve on your skills, he’s always there and just so helpful.

What do you plan to do after UW-Stevens Point at Wausau?

Next fall, I plan on attending UW-Stevens Point at the main campus to finish my degree.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Talk to your professors. My first semester here I didn’t meet with a single professor until the week of finals. He told me professors love having visitors, they love answering questions and they are here to help.

Published with permission from UW-Stevens Point at Wausau. Photo courtesy UWSP at Wausau.

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