I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and then moved to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, as a teenager during my middle school years. I completed my bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. I was then fortunate enough to experience a “fairytale-like” homecoming opportunity and attend one of the best universities in the country while also reuniting with my family.
Why did you decide to pursue graduate study?
I am a second-year master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling program. I chose this field and program because I have always naturally been a healer at heart, and this program is one of the best programs for this specialty. I knew that this program would challenge me in ways I’d never been tested before, though it’s also offered me unique opportunities that exercise growth and development.
What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison?
Every day is a meaningful experience in the sense that I am blessed to be surrounded by an incredibly brilliant cohort of talented women. Coming from diverse walks of life, these women are truly in a league of their own and push the bar well beyond the stars and the moon, inspiring me to tap into my unexplored potential. I couldn’t ask for a better group of individuals to share this space with.
What class or professor had the greatest impact on you, and why?
The coursework can be demanding, but the professors make it achievable. Some may assume it’s the top program because of the research projects or the curriculum design, but I’d argue that it’s the people that make the program and not the other way around. The people of my department have not only supported my needs but also promoted advocacy and growth for my peers and myself.
"You have earned the privilege of accepting admittance into one of the best universities, so immerse yourself in the culture. Find yourself a great group of people to experience the journey with, and reach out to your professors and advisors in times of need or just because."Marcus Weathers Jr.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
Now that you are here, you’re in good hands. You have earned the privilege of accepting admittance into one of the best universities, so immerse yourself in the culture. Find yourself a great group of people to experience the journey with, and reach out to your professors and advisors in times of need or just because.
How will you celebrate your graduation?
Hopefully, with that incredible cohort I mentioned earlier, and later on with close friends and family. Also, most notably, with plenty of sleep to offset the long nights; and walks outside or traveling to counteract the screen time.
What are your plans for the future?
Call me crazy, but I’m coming back for more and excited to join the Rehabilitation Counselor Education doctoral program in the fall. I’ll continue to build on a research project with a couple of peers and my advisor, Dr. Tim Tansey, while also seeking possibilities to advance this unique field and the populations we serve.
You’re a UW–Madison expert now, so we must ask: What is one thing every UW student should experience?
In a post-COVID world, I have a couple of suggestions — nights on the Terrace and two words: Badger game days. There is something about sitting out on the lake or being downtown with good company as the streets are filled with Badger red and pride.