Meet UW-Marshfield/Wood County student: Tia Bertz
High school attended: Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Current program or major: Mechanical Engineering
Q: Why did you choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
T.A.: It was a block away from where I live. I wanted to go to a college that was close to home.
Q: What surprised you the most about UW-Marshfield/Wood County when you arrived on campus?
T.A.: The teachers were very accommodating and no one ever judged me.
Q: Why did you choose your program/major?
T.A.: I want to build and design products that will help blind and visually impaired people. I also want to create cool things that will make people feel empowered. I want to raise up the next generation of scientists and engineers with products I will create. These products will empower people to use their imagination and think outside the box.
Q: In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
T.A.: I do a lot of 3D printing and 3D design. I create models, including printers and telescopes, for people around the state. I also make custom chains for various clients.
Q: Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?
T.A.: I have too many to name just one. They are all great!
Q: What do you plan to do after UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
T.A.: I plan to go to UW-Stout to finish my degree.
Q: What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marshfield/Wood County students?
T.A.: Just be yourself. Do not fear being judged by others because the UW-Marshfield/Wood County community is very open and accepting, no matter who you are.