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UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Student Q & A: Future teacher hopes to work with special needs students

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Lynzie Ashley

Age: 21

Hometown: Wausau

High school attended: Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Current program or major: Elementary education and special education

 

Why did you choose UW-Stevens Point at Wausau?

I chose UW-Stevens Point at Wausau because it is close to home so I can save money on tuition and room and board. Also, it’s a UW-Stevens Point campus, which will make transferring to the main campus easier once I earn my associate degree.

 

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

Since it is a small campus, the professors take the time to get to know their students.

 

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

I discovered my purpose in eighth grade when I was asked to be a teacher’s assistant in a special education gym class. I quickly fell in love with working with special needs students, who hold a special place in my heart. I love experiencing their different learning styles. The staff at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau also encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. They told me I can do anything I set my mind to.

 

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?

Gwen Blume (English) has been my favorite professor. She is always so positive and very accommodating with my needs.

 

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

I enjoy reading, going on walks with my seeing eye dog, Hendrix, playing goalball, and spending time with family and friends.

 

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

I plan to transfer to our main campus in Stevens Point to finish my bachelor’s degree.

 

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

Don’t be afraid to ask for or admit that you need help. Everyone on campus is very helpful. Also, don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Source: UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

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