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Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson

“Having smaller classrooms at UWFox is very helpful for quality learning. I quickly and easily learned how to use AutoCad, a software application for computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting because of the teacher’s desire to teach us. ”

Age: 19

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Current residence: Appleton, WI

When attended UWFox

Fall 2012 to present

Background before UWFox

I graduated from Appleton East and the Tesla Engineering Charter School in 2012. I started working as a soccer referee for the Appleton Soccer Club and the City of Appleton in my freshman year in high school and have continued refereeing by working for several area clubs. After graduating from high school I was fortunate enough to acquire a summer job at PRESTO, a manufacturer of plastics. I worked 12 hours shifts, 6am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am every other fortnight. I rolled plastic sandwich bags into cartons and then packed the cartons into cardboard boxes. PRESTO showed me the significance of a good education. One weekend, I refereed a tournament in Neenah for seven hours and then worked my 12 hour shift later that day, totaling 19 hours in a 24 hour time period.

Boy Scouts have been a big part of life. I was able to visit Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. For my Eagle Project, I designed and built benches for my church. I was elected to the Order of the Arrow, which is considered as the national honor society of Boy Scouts.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I chose UWFox because of the financial aid I received from the campus. I also liked the concept of living at home for two more years.

Have you chosen a major?

Mechanical Engineering

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

Having smaller classrooms at UWFox is very helpful for quality learning. I quickly and easily learned how to use AutoCad, a software application for computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting because of the teacher’s desire to teach us.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I’ll be transferring to UW-Platteville to continue my degree in mechanical engineering. At Platteville, I plan to receive an internship to see first-hand what I’ll be doing daily in my career field.

Other interesting things about yourself that you’d like to share?

I’m currently working in the campus chemistry department and in the athletic department. I played on the UWFox soccer team and will play next year again. I’m continuing to play soccer indoors at Soccer Heaven along with a few of my teammates.

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