Vasu Rishi

Age: 19

Hometown: Wausau

High school attended: Wausau West High School

Current program or major: Microbiology

Why did you choose UW-Stevens Point at Wausau?

I chose UWSP at Wausau since it was close to home, and classes were affordable. Plus, my parents wanted me to stay here if the option were available. Our Indian culture prioritizes family.

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

By meeting individuals with the same interests, networking and joining a few clubs has helped me discover my purpose. Currently, I am the student director of the Multicultural Resource Center and chief of staff of the Student Government Association. Through these positions, I get students more involved in events and bring new ideas to the campus.

Why did you choose your program/major?

I find microorganisms very intriguing and applicable in our future. They are fascinating creatures. Their intelligence and ability to adapt to environments and antibiotics, which can impact the global population of any species, seems unreal.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?

Biology Professor Paul Whitaker is my favorite instructor. He is so open and approachable. He has a way of teaching, with jokes or humorous mnemonic devices, that makes any topic interesting to learn. Furthermore, Dr. Whitaker has invested himself in improving UW-Stevens Point at Wausau by actively serving on campus committees. The positive impact he makes on the university serves as a model for me to follow in my own profession.

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

I’m either busy doing homework or working at the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin as a medical scribe. In this position, I take notes for the physicians so they can provide the best quality care to their patients. I hope this work experience will benefit my future medical field ambitions.

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

I plan on attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to continue my education and strive toward a career in medicine. With a microbiology degree, I hope to do research and utilize my knowledge and skills to impact society in a positive manner.

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

Do exactly as you are told by your professors and you should have zero problems in any of your courses.

Source: UWSP at Wausau