Get to know Amanda Williams

By UW-Barron County

Student Amanda Williams

Age: 37

Hometown: Comstock, Wis.

High school: Cumberland High School

Current program or major: Bachelors of Applies Arts and Sciences - Social Services Psychology

Why did you choose UW-Barron County? Close to home and cost.

What surprised you the most about UW-Barron County when you arrived on campus? Perfect size and not confusing. I was worried that because of my age I would stick out.

Why did you choose your program/major? I want to work with military veterans with mental health issues.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? Being a momma to a child with special needs and disabilities. Being the president of the VFW Auxiliary.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? I had Mark Conrad (Political Science) and Mary Hoeft (Communications/French) as instructors my first semester. They both have high standards of respect and participation that I admired. Mark is open to discussing anything a student feels compelled to discuss, in and out of class. Mary is much the same way but can easily persuade you to see her side as well. She tends to find the meaning behind your opinions or comments, helping you learn about the topic and yourself.

Campus Administrator Brittany Nielsen is an asset to our campus because she is so open and willing to hear your concerns. Last semester I was facing a health scare, and I was worried about withdrawing from classes, falling behind and wasting a scholarship. She helped me get through that difficult time when I was too afraid to share with anyone else.

What do you plan to do after UW-Barron County? If my daughter’s health allows, I’d like to have a full- time job.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Barron County students?

Freshmen – Pay attention. This is your opportunity to learn so use it wisely. Be considerate of older students, as they are usually funding their own way through school and are here to learn because we want to.

Adult students - Accept all the help you are given. It is far harder than the last college experience. I felt behind the ball on many things because it had been so long since I had been in school. Give yourself credit for working hard. 


Brian Becker