Get to know Mirza Mustafayev

By UW-Barron County

Mirza "Mike" Mustafayev

Age: 18

Hometown: Baku, Azerbaijan

High school: Currently attending North Cedar Academy, Ladysmith

Current program or major: Engineering

Why did you choose UW-Barron County? My high school gave me a chance to, simultaneously, be considered as a junior in high school and as a freshman at UW-Barron County. This two-year program will provide me with an associate degree when I graduate from NCA, pushing me two years forward in my college life.

What surprised you the most about UW-Barron County when you arrived on campus? I was surprised by the hospitality of not only the staff members but the also the students. I was impressed that many students were supportive and tried to provide as much help as possible.

Why did you choose your program/major? I chose engineering because my dad is an engineer, and I feel more comfortable in the science and math fields rather than history or business.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? Participation in Rube Goldberg competition with some other high schools, preparation for the ACT exam, and I enjoy playing recreational basketball on campus.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? My favorite ones are Mary Hankins, Lee Friederich, Quentin Vieregge, Bradley Peterson, Christopher Jones, Terry Wiesner and Kozma Troy. I like all of them, considering their teaching skills and personality outside of the college.

What do you plan to do after UW-Barron County? My goal is to fight for the full scholarship in a good college or university. In my opinion, I will attempt to apply to the top 20 universities in the USA and, perhaps, try to go a little bit farther south. What I want is to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees and then a doctorate. I am planning to climb to the top of the world.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Barron County students? To be friendly, social and hardworking and never give up if faced with a huge challenge. Just keep going forward in spite of obstacles because the long-term outcomes will pay off eventually.


Brian Becker