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Name: Ginger Sternweis.
High school attended: Marshfield High School.
Current program or major: Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) with a communication emphasis.
Q: Why did you choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
Ginger Sternweis: I chose UW-Marshfield/Wood County because I live and work in Marshfield. I was lucky to have a campus in my own backyard where I can travel five minutes and be on campus.
Q: What surprised you the most about UW-Marshfield/Wood County when you arrived on campus?
GS: I was surprised by the warmth of the campus. Class sizes are small, and I was able to get to know my professors and other on-campus staff quite well. Their openness and willingness to help in pursuing my associate’s degree kept me striving towards my bachelor’s degree in Marshfield instead of transferring and commuting to another campus.
Q: Why did you choose your program/major?
GS: I chose the BAAS program because it offered the flexibility of staying local to pursue my baccalaureate degree. While it is not necessary to have an emphasis for your BAAS degree, I chose communications because it will be universally valuable, no matter the field.
Q: What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
GS: The most interesting and rewarding thing I am learning in my field of study is the significance of the words we use every day in every interaction. The words we choose are important, but the tone and the nonverbal communication in how they are delivered are important as well.
Q: In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
GS: I keep busy working two part-time jobs. I am also involved on campus in student senate, student ambassadors, and as the chair of the student activities committee. Besides that I spend my free time cultivating family relationships.
Q: Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?
GS: I cannot pick a favorite because I have been fortunate to build many endearing relationships at UW-Marshfield/Wood County.
Q: What do you plan to do after UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
GS: I plan to enter the workforce and build a career.
Q: What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marshfield/Wood County students?
GS: Ask questions. Everyone on campus is willing to lend a hand and help you through the process, if you only ask.