Meet UW-Marshfield/Wood County student Trista Cegielski
For Hub City Times
Name: Trista Cegielski.
Hometown: Park Falls.
High school: Chequamegon High School.
Current program or major: Political science.
Q: Why did you choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
Trista Cegielski: I chose UW-Marshfield/Wood County because it’s affordable. And with it being a smaller campus, I was able to get very involved and participate in various clubs and organizations.
Q: What surprised you the most about UW-Marshfield/Wood County when you arrived on campus?
TC: How I felt so welcomed and comfortable. The student ambassadors and staff made orientation day fun and interactive, making sure everyone was involved. I knew that I did not want to go to school where I felt like a stranger, and UW-Marshfield/Wood County most certainly made me feel welcomed.
Q: Why did you choose your program/major?
TC: I’m interested in becoming a lawyer. I chose political science because it will help me develop various skills, such as reasoning and communications, planning, and research and analysis.
Q: What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
TC: It’s interesting to know that with a political science major I will be able to use the skills to pursue various careers. If becoming a lawyer does not work out, I’ll have other career options with this major.
Q: In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
TC: When I am not at school, I am busy on campus as a student ambassador along with serving as Student Senate president. I am also a resident assistant at The Villas of Marshfield along (with) working at Applebee’s.
Q: Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?
TC: My favorite professors on campus are Laura Lee … and Kavita Bahita. I enjoy both professors because of their commitment to their students and passion for what they do. I struggle with both math and science. They are constantly available for help and guidance.
Q: What do you plan to do after UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
TC: I plan to transfer to UW-Eau Claire to continue pursuing my political science degree and a certificate in legal studies.
Q: What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marshfield/Wood County students?
TC: Don’t be scared of getting involved. In all of the clubs and organizations that I have experienced on campus, everyone has been very welcoming and caring.