Get to know Hayley Wicik

By UW-Barron County

Student Hayley Wicik

Age: 19

Hometown: Ladysmith, Wis.

High school attended: Ladysmith High School

Current program or major: Undecided


Why did you choose UW-Barron County? I enrolled at UW-Barron County because it allows me to stay close to home at a very affordable price. And with everything you will need within walking range, it's perfect and not overwhelming. Coming here undecided as far as a major, I knew UW-Barron County would help me find the right path to take.

What surprised you the most about UW-Barron County when you arrived on campus? I was impressed by how friendly the students and staff are and how helpful everyone is. They answer any questions at any time. I never feel let down.

Why did you choose your program/major? As a former high school state qualifier in swimming and track, I always love being active and learning about the body, specifically how it moves and how it heals. After having two dislocated knees and months of physical therapy, the experience made me think about studying physical therapy or sports medicine for a career.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? The most rewarding thing about physical therapy is that you make a huge difference in peoples’ lives. You may have an injured person walking into your facility weak but walking out stronger and stronger each visit. At the end of their rehab, when they are in good condition to play on the field or court again, or just going back to work, I want to be able to think to myself, "I did that."

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? My homework, studying for upcoming tests and quizzes, being involved on campus, being president of the Chargers Cross Country Club, and balancing that with spending time with family takes up most of my free time.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? It's impossible to pick a favorite staff member. Everyone is so helpful, friendly, and shows great respect towards the school, students and the rest of the staff. 

What do you plan to do after UW-Barron County? After studying here at UW-BC, I plan to transfer to UW-Eau Claire to further my education in the field of physical therapy/sports medicine.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Barron County students? It's not like high school anymore. You're an adult now in the adult world. Be responsible. If your professor mentions that a test will be coming in two weeks, start studying right away because, before you know it, you'll have other homework and may get distracted. You don’t want to be forced to start studying at the last minute.


Brian Becker