Nadia Bauman

Age: 19

Hometown: Wausau

High school attended: Wausau East High School

Current program or major: Neurobiology

Question: Why did you choose UW-Stevens Point at Wausau?

Answer: I chose UW-Stevens Point at Wausau for the small class sizes and the opportunity to work closely with a professor rather than a teaching assistant. This has provided me with a strong support system. I also appreciate being able to live at home so my focus can be on my studies, and the reasonable tuition allows me to leave college with less debt.

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

A: The thing that surprised me is the diversity among the students. I was anticipating being in classes with students who are the same age and on the same educational path as me. Instead, there are students returning to school for a career change, others returning after having a family, and some taking only a few classes for the love of learning. The diversity creates an interesting environment and provides a variety of perspectives.

Q: Why did you choose your program/major?

A: I chose neurobiology because I have always had a strong interest in both chemistry and biology. This major will provide a solid background for getting into medical school.

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

A: I enjoy covering topics in greater depth that were first introduced in high school, as well as having the opportunity to experience new areas of study.

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

A: I like to play the violin, volunteer in a first-grade classroom and spend time with friends.

Q: Do you have a favorite professor or staff member?

A: Paul Whitaker has been my favorite professor. I have had him for botany and zoology. I enjoy his teaching style and how he takes a genuine interest in the success of his students.

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

A: I plan on attending UW-Madison for my junior and senior years and then apply to medical school to become a pediatrician. 

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

A: Don’t be afraid to reach out to professors and take advantage of the resources that are available to you.

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