This Spotlight series recognizes a UW-Manitowoc student's academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.
Nick has been participating in undergraduate research on area streams while a student here on campus. He's a member of the extreme outdoors club, environmental club, indoors club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is also a member of Student Senate, serving as Student Activities Coordinator.
Name: Nickolas Wiedemann
Career program/major: Wildlife Ecology
What is your career or life goal? My goal is to work as a wildlife biologist or wildlife ecologist focusing on the conservation of threatened and endangered species. Studying and aiding in the rebuilding of healthy populations is my ambition.
What led you to choose your program/major? I have always known that I intended to work within the field of biology. I finally narrowed it down when I took specialized classes in high school which made me think deeply about human impact on the environment. My goal was even further reaffirmed after taking the more advanced biology and environmental classes offered at UW-Manitowoc.
Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Manitowoc? When I decided to return to school after an extended break, I was influenced by what I had heard from friends who had begun their college educations at UW-Manitowoc and highly recommended attending the campus. Low tuition cost and proximity to my job and family was a huge consideration.
Is there a UW-Manitowoc professor or staff member who made a difference in your life or inspired you? Every professor at UW-Manitowoc has made an impression on me and I cannot talk enough about them. Not only are they knowledgeable and excellent in their fields, they also put in the maximum effort to make the most time possible for students. I have always been the most interested in the fields related to science and have never been disappointed in my learning at UW-Manitowoc. Dr. Abler, Dr. Hein and Dr. Kabrhel have furthered my interest in the subjects of biology and chemistry with their courses. I am also very thankful to Dr. Abler and Dr. Hein for allowing me to be a part of the undergraduate stream research that they founded.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Manitowoc student? As a member of almost every club on campus, I try to convey the importance of student involvement. New students will meet more people and enjoy their time in college when they involve themselves in extracurricular activities.
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Manitowoc. Though I am quite involved in school activities, I never actually intended to take on so much responsibility. I feel that taking on leadership roles put a lot of pressure on me; this helped develop skills that I am sure will be useful to me in the future.
What are your plans after UW-Manitowoc? The spring of 2018 will be my last semester spent at UW-Manitowoc. I will be graduating with an associate’s degree and am hoping to be admitted to UW-Stevens Point’s Wildlife Ecology and Management program.
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View this story in the Manitowoc Herald Times.