Meet UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield student: Tia Ausbourne
High school attended: Neillsville High School
Current program or major: Apparel Design & Development
Why did you choose UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield?
I grew up in the Granton and Neillsville area and also called Marshfield home for about half of my adult life. I live in Granton today. Having a university so close to home was the key factor in my decision to return to school; so UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield was the obvious choice to get started on my college education.
What surprised you the most about the university when you arrived on campus?
I was never a lover of math. After a 10-year gap in my education, I truly believed I would struggle with math the most. However, my instructors, James Sachs and Martin Lee,really helped me understand the subject and even come to enjoy it. That is not something I never thought I would say.
How or when did you discover your purpose? How did UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield faculty/staff help?
For many years, I was purposeless. I knew that I wanted to better myself, my life and the lives of those around me, but somehow life was always in the way. I had always wanted to seek higher education but, after all these years, I wasn’t sure that I could handle it. My transition into college life was made much easier by the faculty and staff members who have made efforts to understand my situation as a non-traditional student.
Why did you choose your program/major?
Body positivity. When I found the body positivity movement, I found myself. I was able to move past my insecurities and move forward in my life, which helped me return to school.The plus-size clothing industry is sorely lacking diversity in style, design and cost. I hope someday to help create a more diverse fashion industry.
Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?
All of my professors have helped and encouraged me along the way. However, I have very much enjoyed my classes with Professors Kitty Kingston, art, and Julie Tharp, English and American Studies. Julie’s lessons always make me think about the world, while Kitty helped me realize I’m more capable as an artist than I thought I was while helping me develop my skills.
In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
Life. I’m married and own a home, which we are currently preparing for a remodel. I am continually learning how to balance home and school.
What do you plan to do after attending UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield?
I plan to transfer to UW-Stout to complete my bachelor’s degree. While I plan to study apparel when I’m there, I also intend to study photography and art. After that, who knows? I have learned to take life one step at a time.
To make the most of their college experience, what advice do you have for incoming students?
Get involved beyond your basic education. Make connections with people who enjoy the same things you do, whether it’s the arts, athletics or other campus activities. School is better when you have a community of like-minded people who support each other’s goals and dreams.