Why did you decide to come to UW-Eau Claire for college?
I chose to attend UW-Eau Claire because it offered a strong liberal arts education and a variety of majors that appealed to me as an undeclared student. It also presented many opportunities to participate in exchange programs and get involved in a wide range of student activities. Lastly, its affordability and location being not too far or too close from home played a key role in my decision to come here.
Why did you pick the major you selected?
I came to UW-Eau Claire undeclared but was eager to find a major I was passionate about. After talking to health care administration students at the Majors Fair, I enrolled in HCAD 101, my second introductory course. The students and faculty were very supportive and before the semester even ended I applied and was accepted into the program. Health care administration felt like the right fit for me because of my passion for leadership and interest in helping others.
Have you completed an internship?
The Health Care Administration program includes a year-long practicum where students gain professional experience as an administrative assistant before graduation. It is going to be a great opportunity and I have prepared for it by volunteering and working in a variety of health care facilities.
Have you studied abroad?
I participated in National Student Exchange last spring and attended the University of Arizona for one semester. This was a great opportunity to experience another school within the U.S. while still paying in-state tuition. All my classes transferred back, even the ones I took that weren’t offered at UWEC. I was able to travel throughout Arizona and California to visit family and friends, and even got to cheer on the Wildcats basketball team to the Sweet Sixteen! It’s never too early to start thinking about exchange opportunities so don’t wait. Students are able to participate in NSE for two semesters and/or study abroad as well.
What does success mean to you? How has UW-Eau Claire College of Business prepared you for success?
Success means accomplishing goals you have set in life. Whether long-term or short-term goals, faculty within the College of Business at UWEC help guide you down the right path. My professors have always been available for support and actually care about me as an individual. The classes and programs are constantly evaluated to ensure your needs are being met and standards are being surpassed. Lastly, fellow students who share a similar passion challenge and inspire you to do your best to be successful.
What tips and/or words of advice do you have for high school students coming to Eau Claire?
Be open-minded! There are so many new opportunities out there and you don’t know what you’ll like or not until you try it. Don’t be afraid to meet new people, try new activities, or change your plans. There are many unknowns in life that you can’t prepare for so have an open mind and be willing to learn.