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Wes Collier

Wes Collier

“I liked the variety of courses that UWFox offered. The faculty really drives home critical thinking by presenting arguments from different points of view.”

Age: 25

Hometown: Schofield, WI

Current residence: Neenah

When attended UWFox: Fall 2007- Summer 2010

Background before UWFox:

“After I graduated from D.C. Everest HS I looked for factory jobs, especially in the paper conversion industry. I wanted to live in the Fox Valley, so I took a job for several years at a glass fabrication business here in the Fox Valley … but I knew then I wanted to do more in a career for myself.”

Why did you choose UWFox?

“I looked at UWFox’s website directory and I saw Professor Martin Rudd listed for chemistry. I called Professor Rudd and he invited me to enter into his chemistry class over the coming summer that year. He’s a great teacher and I found his class to be really great. I loved the atmosphere at UWFox. I decided to enroll as a full-time student.”

Have you chosen a major?

“I decided to major in chemistry. I’ve wanted to be a chemist since I was very young. I find chemistry to be challenging, and I like to be challenged. It’s like an enormously complex puzzle.”

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding?

“Organic chemistry is stimulating and fun. My course loads have been very workable. I’ve found that, for me, independent study is great, too. In the beginning I could see how undeveloped my study and research skills were. As time went on I worked hard and learned how to organize and understand the information I was acquiring. I’ve learned how to think and solve problems. I liked the variety of courses that UWFox offered. The faculty really drives home critical thinking by presenting arguments from different points of view. That helped me develop more mature reasoning. It’s important to have the patience enough to consider all the arguments.”

What are your career plans after graduation from UWFox?

“I graduated from UWFox with my Associate of Arts and Science degree and transferred to UW Oshkosh. I’m studying in three different science disciplines: chemistry, chemical engineering, and engineering physics as I work toward my bachelor’s degree in chemistry.”

Other items

“I think it’s great that in the science wing at UWFox has study tables right outside the professors’ offices. The professors are very accessible. Also, there’s a lot of extra-curricular and community-outreach activities that allow students to get involved.”

 

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