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Student Q&A: UWSP at Wausau science courses reinforce student’s career goal

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Tony Lewis

Age: 19

Hometown: Wausau

High school attended: Wausau West High School

Current program or major: Biology

Why did you choose UW-Stevens Point at Wausau?

I knew I needed some time to get adjusted to college so UW-Stevens Point at Wausau was a great place to start. Plus, it was convenient since I live in the city. I certainly haven’t missed out on the college experience by coming here.

What surprised you the most about the university when you arrived on campus?

How many professors have a doctorate in their given fields. Since it was a smaller college, I assumed there would be few teachers with a Ph.D., but I was pleasantly surprised that there were many more.

How or when did you discover your purpose? How did UW-Stevens Point at Wausau faculty/staff help?

I discovered my purpose for biology and the medical field when I earned the Medicine Merit Badge in Boy Scouts. I was fascinated by the hospital system and knew that it would be the best way for me to help other people. My good experiences in the sciences at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau have reinforced my commitment to a career in healthcare.

Why did you choose your program/major?

I chose biology because it is a broad and versatile major that allows me to easily transition into any degree in the medical field.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?

My favorite professor is Paul Whitaker (biology). He is funny and knowledgeable. His plant and animal biology courses were challenging but gave me a real sense of accomplishment.

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

Besides studying and hanging out with friends, I love to draw and play video games. I don’t have a lot of time to do those things because I have other responsibilities on campus, including working as a writing tutor, biology lab technician and serving as president of the Student Government Association.

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

After earning my associate degree, I plan to transfer to the main campus in Stevens Point to complete my bachelor’s degree.

To make the most of their college experience, what advice would you have for incoming students?

Get involved. College is about stepping outside your comfort zone, making new friends and trying new things. One of the best parts about going to college is hanging out with friends after school to work on homework or to just goof off. I’ve made many great new friends on campus.

Source: UW-Stevens Point at Wausau.

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