UW-Eau Claire prepares students for such a wide variety of careers that it’s always fun to catch up with graduates to see what they’re doing these days. We recently heard from Bryan Krause, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2015 with a major in psychology and a minor in religious studies
What have you been doing since graduation?
I am now a youth care worker at Rawhide Boys Ranch, a non-profit organization providing services and residential care for at-risk youth. I work closely with the young men in our residential facilities during the time they are at Rawhide.
Rawhide offers a full continuum of prevention-based programs and services for youth and their families, as well as more intensive residential services for at-risk young men. As a Rawhide staff member I strive to challenge, equip, teach, strengthen, guide and care for these young men as they try to get their lives on the right track. The young men we serve are searching for answers while they work on skills to succeed in the future. I have the privilege and joy to stand in the gap and provide structure and guidance while helping them learn to be emotionally healthy and manage their behavior appropriately.
What were the highlights of your academic career at UWEC?
I really enjoyed enhancing my learning through Psychology research studies and writing countless research papers for upper level religious studies classes. Just the chance to dive in to research about different cultures and religions was very eye opening for me. UWEC really challenged me to be more diverse and see every side of the coin that we call life.
What activities did you participate in outside of your studies?
While I was at UWEC I ran cross country freshman year and track and field all four years. I also was involved in CRU and Athletes in Action the whole time I was at school.
Who impacted you the most, influenced you, inspired you, motivated you, challenged you?
I think my fellow students were my biggest motivation and inspiration during my time in college. I love getting to meet people and hear the stories of where they came from and what they have done, and how that led them to pursue the major and career that they did while at UW-Eau Claire. I met so many dedicated people during my time at UWEC - professors, fellow athletes, campus staff, people in my classes, and the list goes on. My professors challenged my thinking and caused me to look at many things through a different worldview. Being a psychology major I learned much about human development and behavior which has helped incredibly with my job at Rawhide. It is helpful to have a phenomenological viewpoint as I work with young men from all different types of life experiences. Being a part of the religious studies department taught me to be more accepting and receptive to those with views different from my own, and having that mutual respect for one another and seeking to understand differing views instead of condemning.
Any advice for other students?
There is a lot thrown at you in college. Just soak it all in and make the best use of the time you can. It will be over before you know it, so take advantage of the amazing resources available to you while you’re at UWEC. There are many opportunities to challenge yourself whether it be professors, internships, research, student organizations, study abroad, etc. The chances to enhance your life and education are endless so jump all in.