Get to know Crystalina Peterson

By UW-Barron County


Age: 31

Hometown: Wyoming, Minn., but I have lived in the area for two years.

High school attended: Homeschool

Current program or major: History Education

Why did you choose UW-Barron County? I was always interested in completing my education, and UWBC was close by my new home. Once I set foot on campus, I knew this was where I wanted to be. The student services staffers were easy to talk to and super helpful, but Mark Conrad (political science senior lecturer) was my final deciding factor. The fact that he and the rest of the faculty make themselves so available to students is what I value most about life here at UWBC.

What surprised you the most about UW-Barron County when you arrived on campus? I was surprised by how quickly the administrative staff got to know me. It made me feel like I mattered and that my goals were important. The genuine caring faculty and staff show students is invaluable and makes the UWBC experience special.

Why did you choose your program/major? I’m a nerd! I’ve always been fascinated with history, how we got to the point we are in our culture and society, and I am especially interested in the Renaissance/Dark Ages. Anything to do with sword fights, dragons and magic, count me in!

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? I didn’t realize how much research and planning goes into planning a class. I have had the opportunity to participate in the work-study program, helping history Professor Sue Patrick. As her assistant, I have a backstage peek at what being a professor is all about, including learning how to structure classes and using effective teaching techniques that will benefit my future students.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? Well, I am a mom of three with baby four on the way. I have two fur babies, and I live with my boyfriend, James; so I stay busy taking care of the house and family. I also do a lot of leisure reading. When James isn’t monopolizing our PS4 and playing Call of Duty, I love playing LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO The Hobbit. I also enjoy watching Doctor Who episodes. I love to sing, and I used to ballroom dance, so we have PJ dance parties in the kitchen!

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? It is really hard to choose, but the most influential and memorable experiences I’ve had have been with Dr. Patrick and Mark Conrad. They have challenged me and taught me a lot about myself, as well as the subjects they teach.

What do you plan to do after UW-Barron County? Once I complete my associates degree at UW-Barron County, I plan to obtain my bachelor’s degree at UW-Eau Claire and then participate in their focused education/master’s program. Once I complete that program, I hope to get a job as a high school teacher or a teaching assistant while I complete my doctorate through UW-Madison’s FlexProgram. After that, I hope to start working at a campus like UWBC.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Barron County students? Get involved! Join clubs, get involved in student government, go on field trips and outings, come to Game Night, go to campus events. The friendships you make here can have a huge influence on how the rest of your college experience goes. I’ve been able to meet some of the most interesting people. You don’t have to travel around the world to have new and exciting experiences. Also, never be afraid to ask for help. Having a support system in the first year was crucial to the success I’ve had at UW-Barron County. The faculty and staff are so understanding. Life isn’t always a walk in the park, but it’s a lot easier when you have good friends and a strong support system around you.



Brian Becker