CJ Erika Caraos

Age: 19

Hometown: Schofield

High school attended: D.C. Everest Senior High School

Current program or major: Environmental science

Why did you choose UW-Stevens Point at Wausau?

There were a lot of reasons. I knew UW-Stevens Point at Wausau graduates were successful after transferring. I knew the small classroom sizes and the helpful staff would make transitioning from high school to college easier. It also is very affordable so I was able to work and pay for my first year’s tuition.

 What surprised you the most when you arrived on campus?

There is a lot to do and multiple ways to get involved on campus. We have our own magazine and newspaper written and produced by students. Student art is often on display in the Ahrnsbrak Gallery. The university has amazing music and theater programs. Anyone can audition and be a part of the shows. We also have a fantastic athletic department. Students can show off their Husky pride at a game. The Multi-Cultural Resource Center is a popular hub for students to study, relax and meet new people. The Student Government Association plans and executes events and policies throughout campus; it’s a great outlet for students to practice or gain leadership skills and provide a voice for others.

 Why did you choose your program/major?

It’s obvious, but the earth provides us water to drink, trees to purify the air, ozone to protect us from the sun, fertile soil to grow our food, and much more. The world never stops giving. It’s important to me that we understand the role we play in the environment. Air pollution, plastic waste, and species extinction are a few examples of issues that need to be dealt with.

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

Environmental science touches on other fields of study and can lead to a variety of jobs. During my sophomore year, I will be taking courses geared toward law and administration, along with biology classes. There are lots of opportunities to make a difference.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?

Ed Osypowski, my trigonometry instructor. He’s very empathetic and patient when it comes to asking questions or getting help. He has many fun shortcuts and acronyms to help students remember certain concepts.

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

I plan on earning a bachelor’s degree in conservation and natural resources at UW-Milwaukee.

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

Show up. Stay engaged. You are responsible for your own success. You’ll have an endless amount of support from the faculty; however, they can’t learn for you.

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