A life-changing personal event led Matt to decide he wanted to pursue a science degree so that he could help others. He is involved with Student Senate, Environmental Club, Outdoors Club and has a Stream Water Research internship.
Name: Matt Reed
Hometown: Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Career program/major: Biological Sciences/Environmental Science
High School Attended: Lincoln High School, Class of 2003
UW-Manitowoc Student Clubs/Organizations/Employment: Stream Water Research Internship, Student Senate, Environmental Club, Outdoors Club
What is your career or life goal?
I would like to work professionally in the field of science, with the ability to help and better the lives of other people. This could be through bettering and protecting the environment, providing clean water, or perhaps medical research.
What led you to choose your program/major?
I feel that the understanding and advancement of science is beneficial to our species. If humans neglect or dismiss science, the future of life on Earth will be in jeopardy. When my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I felt helpless. I determined I needed to become educated about science to be able to help her and others.
Why did you choose to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Manitowoc?
Choosing to come to UW-Manitowoc was not a hard decision for me. The small class sizes and affordable tuition were certainly a large part of the decision. The professors here are incredible. With smaller classes, they know each student well and they are all eager to help us in whatever way they can. This is a recipe for success and I believe it is difficult for even the most prestigious schools to replicate.
Is there a UW-Manitowoc professor or staff member that made a difference in your life or inspired you?
Yes, there most certainly is. It is difficult to narrow it down to one, so I won’t. I have had the pleasure and the privilege to work with both Dr. Becky Abler and Dr. Rick Hein doing stream water research. They have both been instrumental in my understanding and pursuit of science. Dr. Brian Murphy has also given me the confidence and drive to be successful at math, and has made me feel incredibly welcomed to UW-Manitowoc. Another person on campus that probably doesn’t get enough credit is Student Services Specialist Parker Nadeau. I have probably asked Parker a thousand questions about school logistics, and he has answered literally every single one.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Manitowoc student?
Get involved in as much as you can! Don’t be afraid to join clubs, talk to professors, and meet new people. The more you do in college, the more you will get out of college. Also, make sure to study!
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Manitowoc.
Being the non-traditional student that I am, and a decent amount older than many of the students, I didn’t anticipate making all the great friends I have made. I joke that I am their dad all the time, and they call me old – it’s great. Seriously though, the friends I have made on campus have made school a lot of fun, which has also made it easier to be a successful student.
When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
My family keeps me busy. I have an incredible wife, and two amazing daughters, and a third daughter on the way. My free time away from school is pretty much entirely spent with them, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What are your plans after UW-Manitowoc?
I plan to continue my education most likely at UW-Green Bay. I would like to get a bachelor of science degree and then perhaps go on to grad school.
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