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Todd Wenzel

Todd Wenzel

“I chose UWFox because it’s local, and my credits transferred easily. This choice made out of convenience ended up being the best one, because I’ve been able to connect with my professors and learn so much.”

Age: 40

Hometown: Neenah (Neenah High School)

Current program: Psychology

Why did you choose UWFox?

I grew up on a golf course, and when I first went to college I enrolled at Rutgers University in New Jersey because of its turfgrass management program. I became a golf course superintendent, but began rethinking what I wanted out of my life after I was matched as a bone marrow donor and realized that I could really make a difference in the lives of others.

I chose UWFox because it’s local, and my credits transferred easily. This choice made out of convenience ended up being the best one, because I’ve been able to connect with my professors and learn so much. I am honored to have been chosen as the 2014 Student of the Year; it reaffirms that I made the right decision in coming here, and shows that hard work pays off and is recognized.

Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time?

I am an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and have been the student representative on the Scholarship and Academic Actions Committee. I also enjoy serving as an academic tutor in the Learning Resource Center, and I still use my turfgrass management skills at my job at Butte des Morts Country Club. I have been a regular blood donor for the Community Blood Center for more than 20 years, and I am also a member of the Be The Match Registry for the National Marrow Donor Program.

What is your favorite class and why?

I’ve liked UWFox from the start and there really hasn’t been a class that I didn’t like. A few of my favorites have been Social Psychology with Dr. Rex Hieser and Biology with Dr. Dubear Kroening. Dr. Hieser was also my advisor, and Dr. Kroening’s class was intense but he made it interesting and manageable. 

What do you plan to do after UWFox?

I will be starting at UW Oshkosh this June. I’m planning to earn my Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and then continue on at UWO for a master’s in clinical mental health counseling.

What is your dream job after graduation?

After I’m finished with school I hope to be a mental health counselor.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UWFox students?

Get more involved—don’t just go to class and leave. Give back to the campus somehow.

 

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