Get to know Kendra Letch

By UW-Barron County

UW-Barron County student Kendra Letch

Age: 27

Hometown: Frederic, Wis.

High school attended: 6-12 Frederic High School

Current program or major: Soil Conservation


Why did you choose UW-Barron County? The biggest reason was the tuition cost along with the guarantee transfer to any four-year University of Wisconsin campus. With this “accepted everywhere” policy on credits, I was able to explore my interests without feeling like I was wasting my time or money.

What surprised you the most about UW-Barron County when you arrived on campus? I was expecting the classrooms to be larger, but they weren’t, which I liked. I also was pleasantly surprised that some of the professors did not go to school just to teach but instead were actively involved in their area or field that they are currently teaching.

Why did you choose your program/major? I took a class, Ecology of Food Production, which peaked my interest. It made me realize the flaws in our agricultural habits, and I want to change that. I also chose soil conservation because it is a career that you can take anywhere in the world.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? I’ve learned that the soil beneath our feet is a renewable resource but we don’t treat it like one. Our society is forgetting that the soil is like a big filter for our waters all around the world. In order to have clean water, we need to have clean soil.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? I usually don’t have any leisure time, but if I do, I like to read a good book. I’m really addicted to audio books during my two-hour, round-trip commute. I spend most of my free time with my grandmother, whom I live with. I also participate in many clubs like SGA, Art Club, Alliance Club, M.E.S., Library Club, and International Club. It does sound like I have no life, but I like it that way. I truly enjoy being a college student and staying busy with studying and homework.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? It would have to be Dr. David Caithamer! He suggested I take the class that inspired me to become a soil conservationist. I’m also his work-study student, and I took an independent class with him.

What do you plan to do after UW-Barron County? I plan to attend UW-Stevens Point to continue my education. After I have earned my bachelor’s degree in soil conservation, I plan to transfer to either UW-River Falls or UW-Madison to complete my doctorate degree.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Barron County students? I would first say that they made the best choice for their education. UW-Barron County has the finest teachers for the smallest cost in the UW System. Also, take classes you want to take, not just ones you have to take. Don’t be afraid to fail, it’s the best way to learn. Don’t be scared to ask questions. Chances are, two other people have the same question as you.



Brian Becker