Imagine reading the essay that 17-year-old you wrote to get accepted to your dream school. You probably spent hours poring over every word and trying to explain why you would be the perfect fit there. Tim Bortner, UWEC alum, got the chance to look at his extraordinary essay (judge for yourself below) and reflected on just what happened during his journey here.
"My academic goals as a student have always been set at a superior standard. Although some classes have given me trouble in the beginning, I have worked hard to keep my grade point average at a standard that is suited to my individual goals. Main goals I will strive to achieve when in college include graduating with honors, continuing to pharmacy school, and learning the most I possibly can from each subject and class. The grades I receive are very important, but I truly feel that the greatest thing you receive from a class is knowledge, no matter what grade you end up with. Main goals that I have always worked on throughout high school include, graduating with honors, being a part of Link Crew for both years, and making connections with my teachers and fellow students. I believe that you learn an extreme amount by making connections with your teachers, because you are then allowed the opportunity for one on one help when needed. Building relationships with my peers and also the classes below me has also been important, because you learn a lot about others, and even more about yourself. The biggest goal for me has been to be accepted into the college of my choice, and when I visited Eau Claire, I immediately knew this was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. It is a beautiful campus, the perfect distance from home, and everyone I met is very friendly. I hope that in writing this statement, I can finally achieve that goal, and even more so, I hope to be learning at Eau Claire at this point next year."
Wow –to think that was four years ago! UW-Eau Claire has given me limitless opportunities to explore the many different passions in my life. I never thought so much personal growth could happen in such a short period of time. Throughout the last four years, Eau Claire has transformed from a place to go to college into a second home. The relationships I've been able to develop with both peers and professors surpass any expectations I could've had prior to college.
It's funny, I remember back to freshmen year walking around the campus mall during Blugold Organizations Bash (B.O.B.). I was your stereotypical freshman student who felt "lost" in their first few days of college. B.O.B. introduced me to Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE), a professional business group, and the Men's Lacrosse club. Both provided me with memories and experiences that will stick me throughout the rest of my life. Not only that, but my random roommate and I hit it off and have been best friends ever since –living together to this day.
Reflecting back on the Blugold experience I've had brings about happiness, sadness, and a lot of emotions. Smiles, laughs, tears… it's all been part of it. No part of me could've told you four years ago that I'd be in the position I'm in now. Thanks, Eau Claire, for helping shape me into who I am!