Get to know Tim Certain

A Student Q & A
By UW-Barron County

Photo of UW-Barron County Student Tim Certain

Age: 62

Hometown: Cumberland, Wis.

High school: Cumberland High School

Current major: History

Why did you choose UW-Barron County? Location. The campus is less than 15 miles from home.

What surprised you the most about UW-Barron County when you arrived on campus? The level of personal interest of the staff and faculty in the student is extremely high. You are definitely not “just another face”. A very pleasant surprise.

Why did you choose your major? I’ve always had an interest in the past, and I was blessed with career that entailed a lot of travel. I’m looking forward to tying together what I’ve seen and what it means.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? For me, history is a search for the truth. Recognizing perspective, motive, goals and actions of those of history, and how their actions affected or affect our lives is important.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? I love them all. Not one question that I had went unanswered. Not one need from the office staff went unfulfilled. This includes the serving staff at the cafeteria, library staff and the bookstore staff.

What do you plan to do after UW-Barron County?I plan on transferring to UW-Madison to complete my degree.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Barron County student? Ask questions. With your mouth! For three reasons. First, it is the reason the instructors are here. You are supposed to have questions. Second, verbal skills are of great value to most employers. You need to practice and hone this skill. Third, ignore peer pressure, or the “I don’t want to sound stupid” syndrome. You don’t attend college so your BFF likes you more. Usually.


Brian Becker