My name is Ross Guida and I am a senior, geography: resource management major at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and my family moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the fall of 1989. I grew up in Kenosha and graduated from Bradford High School in 2005. My parents still reside on the north side of Kenosha. My younger sister is a student at the University of Minnesota.
I began attending UWEC in the Fall of 2005. I chose Eau Claire because I really liked the campus atmosphere when I visited and I liked what I heard from the journalism department. When I began attending the university, it was my intent to major in print journalism. After my first semester I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and remained undeclared. I had taken mostly general education classes and none of them peaked my interest the way I’d hoped. I knew I enjoyed school in general and decided to take Conservation of the Environment my second semester to see if I wanted to pursue something more in geography. I loved the class and started taking more geography courses and officially changed my major in the spring of 2007 after a brief brush with the idea of majoring in business. Let's just say that wasn't for me.
I am currently working on undergraduate research with Dr. Harry Jol and Dr. Doug Faulkner as my advising professors at UWEC. I enjoy work most of the time and really enjoy talking to different people on a daily basis. I don’t mind working in groups or individually. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
I developed an interest in the outdoors at a young age, always enjoying camping and being outside. I also really love traveling and seeing the spectacular landscapes each different part of the country has to offer. It is the love for the outdoors and my interest in the environment that allows me to enjoy field work and other various opportunities within physical geography. I will be attending graduate school at Missouri State University upon completion of my degree at UWEC in May of 2009.