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Leah Renee Marsh

Leah Renee Marsh

“I really love the approachability of the faculty and students here.”

Age: 44

Hometown: Menasha, WI

Current residence: Kimberly, WI

When attended UWFox: Spring 2008 to Spring 2011

Background before UWFox:

I graduated from Menasha High School in 1985. During high school I was a page at the Menasha High Public Library, which I loved because I am a huge bibliophile. During my early adult years, I worked briefly in retail management. I stayed at home for a few years while my children were young and when they entered school full time, I decided to become a residential Realtor. In 2006, only five years later, the local economy and the housing market began to change. I felt I needed to look at other employment options. Enrolling back into college was ultimately my choice.

Did you do any interesting travel or have any interesting experiences before coming to UWFox? 

As the mother of two, grandmother of one and past spouse of an engineer who was transferred almost every two years, I’ve had many interesting experiences! I was able to live for awhile in Nancy, France and I certainly took advantage of all of the travel opportunities that arose. My family and I were able to visit most of France, England, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland during our stay there. Living abroad gave me a real sense of what the world is like. I would recommend it to anyone. One of my main goals for the future is to take my daughter to revisit some of those places in Europe. I have quite a “bucket list” that expands more than contracts!

Why did you choose UWFox?

It was a question of location and cost, mostly, because I still have a daughter at home. I felt confident that I would get the same quality education as I would at any other college or university.  After my initial tour of the campus, I was convinced attending UWFox would be in my best interests.

Have you chosen a major?

I am an Accounting major with a Business Emphasis.

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

I really love the approachability of the faculty and students here. Getting to know my professors and fellow students has been very rewarding and it would be a lonely time without that camaraderie. Besides that, as a former public library employee when I was young, I am impressed with our library’s holdings. I always discover new and interesting material when I walk in.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

Knowing first-hand what the job market looks like right now, I am not looking too far into the future. I am prepared to stay somewhat fluid with plans for my career. I do hope to stay in the area after graduation and will consider many different options within my field.

Other interesting things you’d like to share?

I think the most important things about me are that I have extreme perseverance, a love of learning and a very high sense of curiosity. Those three traits have allowed me to see my glass as “half full” when it came time to step down from my beloved position as a residential realtor back in 2006. All of the misplaced workers and nontraditional students, like me, that are re-enrolled in college courses have really succeeded against all odds to pick up and carry on. It’s been tough, but there are a lot of people out there in the same boat. That gives me some solace. I do hope sharing my story would help someone else who’s 40+ and is thinking about returning to college. Heck, if I can do this, anybody can!


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