I have two positions in the Advising Office. One is as a front desk person, scheduling appointments and general reception duties. The other position, as program assistant to the Nontraditional Student Adviser, has varied tasks, such as preparing scholarship applications for review. I can schedule appointments for Bonnie, and sometimes answer questions if she isn't available. I was a nontraditional student myself and can relate coming back to college after a time away.
I grew up as both a city girl/country girl. My parents had a permanent home in Superior, WI, but we would spend our summers at our summer home in Solon Springs, which is 30 miles south of Superior, and about 30 degree warmer in June. I attended UW-Superior in 1969-70 as an art major. I returned to school in 1990 as a nontraditional student to complete my degree at UW-Eau Claire in 1995. I have a son and daughter who both attended UW-Eau Claire.
Too many: being outdoors, working on my home and yard, learning, music, art, biking, being with friends, or social groups (I like to join stuff). Loving nature, Eau Claire is a good compromise for the country/city mouse that I am, with its green spaces, bike trails, and many cultural offerings.
Were you undeclared?
No, although I probably should have been. I didn't realize how much I enjoy the sciences until I was over 40.
I enjoy my noon walks on Putnam Drive or the trail along the river. I never know what I might see, such as a mother deer and her twin fawns or a carpet of spring flowers. One evening as I was returning to campus in my car, I had to abruptly stop for a young eagle feeding in the middle of the road. He refused to budge until I finally got out of the car to shoo him away, fearing that another driver would come along and not see him in time to stop. (He was so big that I was actually somewhat scared.) It's not too often a person can be that close to a wild eagle.