Meet UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield student: Bailey Matis
High school attended: Marshfield High School
Current program or major: Nursing
Why did you choose UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield?
I chose to attend UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield because of the low-cost tuition, smaller class sizes and the one-on-one interactions with professors. I also chose UW-Stevens at Marshfield because I can stay at home and still work to earn money to pay for college.
What surprised you the most about the university when you arrived on campus?
The thing that surprised me the most about UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield was how friendly and welcoming professors and staff were to me. The moment I started class, I felt like I belonged. It just feels like one big family.
How or when did you discover your purpose? How did UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield faculty/staffmembers help?
I discovered my purpose when I was a senior in high school. I always knew that I wanted to go into the medical field because I love to help people, and health care is just a really rewarding whatever career you choose. I was a part of the Health Career Connections program my senior year, which allows students to go to multiple health career places around Marshfield for job shadowing. I had the opportunity to work in the pediatric wing for six weeks and I absolutely loved it. That is when I knew that I wanted to become a pediatric nurse.
Why did you choose your program/major?
I chose to major in nursing because it is always going to be in demand, and I like that I will have many different tasks every day. Nursing is a very rewarding career because you are helping people get well so they can live their best life.
Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?
My favorite professor is Biology Professor Laura Lee because she is very knowledgeable and makes her classes interesting. She also is always there if you need help with anything. My favorite staff members are Ashley Masephol and Michelle Boernke because they are so kind and helpful. They are always there to talk and make going to Point at Marshfield fun.
In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
In my free time, I like to play volleyball, hang with friends and family, go camping and watch movies. I also love to go thrifting and trying new things. When I am not in school, I also work at Festival Foods in online ordering and as a cashier.
What do you plan to do after attending UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield?
After I complete my associate degree, I plan on enrolling in UW-Eau Claire’s nursing program. After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I hope to work at the Marshfield Clinic/Hospital as a pediatric nurse, providing the best care possible.
To make the most of their college experience, what advice do you have for incoming students?
College can be very stressful and sometimes overwhelming. I recommend writing down your assignments for each week and marking them off when you complete them. This will help you manage your time and improve your college experience.