Why did you decide to come to UW-Eau Claire for college?
The main reason I decided to go to UW-Eau Claire was because I wanted a strong business degree. Initially, I wasn’t sure what aspect or area of business I was most interested in but I knew UW-Eau Claire would help me find it. The experience at UW-Eau Claire is unmatchable. The second reason I decided to go to UW-EC was because I wanted a valuable educational experience close to my hometown. There is nothing better than the smiles on your parent’s faces when you come home. Finally, my older brother came to UW-Eau Claire. As most brothers would verify, there has always been a good-natured aura of competition between us. The drive I knew I’d receive from him directly helped my success at UW-Eau Claire and was one of the factors inspiring me to obtain an Advanced Business Communication certificate.
Why did you pick the major you selected?
I decided my major the fall semester of my sophomore year while taking Principles of Marketing (MKTG 330) with Chuck Tomkovick. I listened to the passion in Chuck’s voice and how important marketing is to our everyday lives. Everything he taught me connected so well and l I knew I could really excel in the marketing field. I had no idea I would love marketing so much and now, I am continuously glad I made the decision I did.
Why did you decide to complete the Advanced Business Communication certificate?
I decided to complete the ABC certificate because I never wanted to be nervous talking in front of people again. I wanted to be able to go into a room with purpose and grab everyone’s attention with complete confidence. In many ways, I wanted to stand out. With how competitive the job market is, I knew the importance of developing an edge up. Even though I may be similar to someone else, I have something no other school or candidate can offer, and that is the BCOM certificate. Personally, I value every word I speak and write. Every letter is an impression of you as a person and it is essential to make them worth it. Since obtaining the BCOM certificate, I appreciate other presenters so much more. Professionally, I can now speak in any meeting or environment with any amount of people of any age and feel completely confident. It’s a pretty cool feeling. I believe in myself professionally and I am ready for any challenges.
What does success mean to you? How has UW-Eau Claire College of Business prepared you for success?
Success to me is very simple, make a difference. I have a very straightforward motto: “My goal in life is to leave the world in better shape than how I found it”. One can make a difference in so many different ways. My advice to people is that if you want to be successful, find a positive way to make a difference. I try to do this every day, and I think a little help can go a long way.
For people that don’t find the value in a college education, I ask you to sit down with a UWEC professor. Sit down with LaNette Flunker, Jack Hoggatt, Todd Hostager, or Wayne Carroll for just five minutes. I guarantee you will leave the room a different person. Besides the exams, papers, long nights reading hundreds of pages, and research, there are people, normal people, who want you to maximize your possibility for success. Internships, clubs, seminars, and employee connects are very helpful. But the main key ingredient for how UWEC College of Business has prepared me for success is the relationships. I find the commitment UWEC COB gives to their students extremely unique. The attention they give you will help you to be a better spouse, professional, community member, and person. The professors and staff at my school made me want to be a better person and made me reach my full potential to be successful in today business world.
What tips and/or words of advice do you have for high school students coming to Eau Claire?
Enjoy it! One day you are going to look back at your college career and think, “that was such an amazing experience”. It truly is the most life-changing period of your life. If you want something or to be someone, UW-Eau Claire will probably have the tools to get you there. Every professor has the same goal in mind: challenge you to maximize your potential. Imagine what you want college to be and make it happen. Set goals, dare yourself to make a difference, and then do it. You’re going to leave UW-Eau Claire someone your parents will be proud of.