Hometown: Pewaukee, WI
High school attended: Pewaukee High School
Current program or major: Business
Q: Why did you choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
Ryan: After serving 21 years in the US Marine Corps, I settled in central Wisconsin with my wife. UW-Marshfield/Wood County is close to home with a small-town feel. The class sizes are smaller so there is more one-to-one interaction, which is important to me.
Q: What surprised you the most about UW-Marshfield/Wood County when you arrived on campus?
Ryan: I’m surprised by how many people know each other. Faculty know students by name, and students all get along as well.
Q: Why did you choose your program/major?
Ryan: After spending the last 12 years of my military career doing recruiting, I figured combining that experience with business would make me more marketable for future employment.
Q: What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
Ryan: So far, I’m gaining general knowledge from the general courses I’m completing. I’ve enjoyed the science classes.
Q: In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
Ryan: Spending time with my family and doing as many outdoor activities as possible. I’m an avid hunter and enjoy fishing and hiking.
Q: Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?
Ryan: I don’t have a favorite instructor because all of the professors have brought something new and interesting to the table. They have been available to answer my questions and make their classrooms welcoming.
Q: What do you plan to do after UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
Ryan: I’m currently debating whether to transfer to UW-Stevens Point to complete my bachelor’s degree or to stay in Marshfield and earn it at UW-Marshfield/Wood County.
Q: What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marshfield/Wood County students?
Ryan: My experience is probably different than a new high school grad. My best advice is to try to balance your college experience with your personal life to achieve your education and career goals.