This Spotlight series recognizes a UW-Manitowoc student's academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.
Name: Jeremy Fessler
Hometown: Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Career program/major: Nursing
High School Attended: Two Rivers High School
What is your career or life goal?
My ultimate career goal is to be a nurse practitioner or take the business route of nursing for my master’s degree program and travel the country to advocate and sell Cochlear Implants to hospitals, research facilities and families. The reason behind this is because I am personally implanted with a Cochlear Implant, which is a device that allows me to hear the world, even though I was born deaf.
What led you to choose your program/major?
About a year and half ago, I became a CNA at Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center and I work closely with many different patients. I have fallen in love with the job and at that point, I knew I was exactly in the field that I belong in. Along with that, ever since taking medical-related classes such as anatomy and pathology, it has taught me the astonishing mental and physical aspects of the human body. I am extremely excited to continue my journey in nursing and being able to do what I love.
Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Manitowoc?
I decided to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Manitowoc at first because of the small class sizes, and it was close to home. I soon learned that this campus has incredible and dedicated professors and faculty that make you feel like a part of their big family, rather than just a number. The professors are always there to help, even if it’s not related to school work. As I always say, I am so incredibly proud and am so happy that I chose to start at University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc. One of the best decisions I’ve made!
Is there a UW-Manitowoc professor or staff member who made a difference in your life or inspired you?
There are so many professor and staff members that go above and beyond for their students. If I had to only choose a few, I would have to say, Dr. Breeyawn Lybbert for always having an open door, encouraging me to chase my wildest dreams and supporting me when I achieved some of my goals! Dr. Rebecca Abler for allowing me to see my own potential and inspiring me to always put work in above and beyond because eventually, it will all pay off. Last but not least, Dr. Richard Hein for your incredible knowledge, pushing me to succeed but at the same time, allowing me to make mistakes so I can grow and build as nursing student.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Manitowoc student?
One piece of advice I would give to an incoming UW-Manitowoc student is to cherish your two years here on campus. Join many different clubs, get to know your professors and became a part of life on campus. Also, to always push yourself, even when classes get tough, but if you prepare yourself, keep a positive mindset and use the resources that are available, you will succeed and pass your courses with flying colors. I promise you that these next two years at UW-Manitowoc will fly by, but enjoy every second. It’s so much more memorable that way.
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Manitowoc.
When I applied for scholarships that UW-Manitowoc and local organizations offered, I would have never guessed in my wildest dreams that one of the scholarships I was awarded paid my entire tuition. Ever since my freshman year in high school, I always set a goal for myself to have my tuition covered by scholarships based on the hard work I put into my classes. When I found out that I achieved that goal, I was so proud of myself because of all that I went through with my hearing loss. I was able to attend college without having to pay any tuition. However, I still have a couple more years to go, so I will keep pushing myself to maintain good grades in order to get scholarships. You would not believe the amount of scholarships that are offered through UW-Manitowoc, take that opportunity and you could be in the same boat as me.
When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
When I am not in class or studying, I love to spend time with my family. They have been behind me since day one and I couldn’t ask for a better family. I also enjoy traveling to different countries, spending time outdoors exploring with friends, and running around with my dogs!
What are your plans after UW-Manitowoc?
After UW-Manitowoc, I will be transferring to Silver Lake College to graduate with bachelor’s degree in nursing. Afterwards, I am planning to earn a master’s degree in nursing administration, nurse practitioner or the business route of nursing! To learn more about starting one of more than 200 majors here, call (920) 883-4707 and schedule an appointment with an advisor.
UW-Manitowoc is part of the University of Wisconsin System and one of the 14 freshman/sophomore campuses of the UW Colleges. UW-Manitowoc offers an Associate of Arts and Science Degree, the foundation to a bachelor’s degree and specialized professional and occupational degrees.