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Chris Mortier

Chris Mortier

“UWFox stood for me out because it was close to home and the price per credit was cheaper than the other universities.”

Age: 23

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Current residence: Appleton, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2007-Summer 2010

Background before UWFox:

I attended Appleton East HS and graduated in 2006. While in high school, I was planning to be a welder/mechanic. I had exceptional skills in welding. At Appleton East I finished every welding class by the end of my sophomore year. Several of these classes were at the senior level. During my junior and senior years in high school, I focused on auto mechanics while taking independent studies in welding. I even had the opportunity to help teach a freshmen welding class in the shop while the teacher managed the classroom activities. This was a great experience for me because I learned that I really enjoy teaching people new concepts.  I get immense personal satisfaction from helping people learn something new and then see them apply this new knowledge. I still find pleasure teaching to this day by tutoring in the Learning Center at UWFox.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I worked as a professional welder after high school. This was a wake-up call for me. As much as I enjoy welding, I absolutely disliked this job. I had a horrible pay rate and terrible working conditions. The spot in the mill where I welded was always over 90 degrees during the summer months, and was it not uncommon to see the temperature above 100 degrees. In addition, my job required me to wear long pants, steel toe boots, a leather jacket, gloves, and a welding helmet. In short, I was sweating buckets during those hot work days! This was when I decided that I needed to go to college. UWFox stood for me out because it was close to home and the price per credit was cheaper than the other universities.

During my first year of college I was completely lost. I am the first of my family to go to college and I was certainly not prepared for the material. I spent the majority of my high school years working in the welding and automotive shop and in turn neglected to do my homework or study at all for my other classes. After my first year at UWFox I realized the kind of devotion and work ethic it takes to get good grades as a college student.  I began pushing myself academically and before I knew it, I was on the Dean’s List.

Have you chosen a major?

I’ve not chosen a major yet. I was a nursing major but I have had some very good life changing experiences that made me learn a lot about myself. From these experiences I’ve found that nursing is not for me. So I am presently undecided about a major, but I know that whichever major I choose, it will be in the field of science and closely related to biology - if not biology itself. I have been thinking about Radiology, Microbiology, Physician’s Assistant, or Biology with the intent to teach.

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

UWFox has small class sizes which makes the learning environment at the campus very friendly. The professors here are great. I’ve had the pleasure of having nearly all of the professors for my classes in the biology field. All of these professors are very kind. As a student you can drop by their office and talk to them about anything. This is a luxury that you do not have at the larger campuses.   

What are your career plans after UWFox?

To be doing work in what I enjoy doing, whatever that may be.

Other interesting things you’d like to share?

Aside from still doing automotive work for my brother and myself, I play guitar. At first, I taught myself how to play, but I’m now getting lessons from my roommate who’s a professional guitarist. I’ve been playing for three years now and I like to play with friends. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to get a band going or to join one as I work three jobs on top of school.


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