Student Story: Daniel Schindler

By UW Colleges

Daniel using a peace sign
Daniel at UW-Waukesha's SnoBowl.

Choosing a college is a tough decision. Taking a tour, meeting with a recruiter or talking to a current student are great ways to learn if a campus is right for you. We talked to current sophomore, Daniel Schindler, about his time at UW-Waukesha.

Why did you choose UW-Waukesha?
I liked how easy it is to transfer to a 4-year campus. It was great that I could go to UW-Waukesha to get my associate degree and then easily transfer to UW-Milwaukee to get my Bachelor’s degree. I also liked UW-Waukesha’s accessibility, which allowed me to stay at home and save money as opposed to taking out huge loans to go to a 4-year school. UW-Waukesha is a great campus. It has a lot to offer, and it will surprise you to know how much a small 2-year school can offer.

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SGA members at the Wisconsin System Student Representatives Meeting. 

How was the application process?
The application process was super easy. I completed my application in October shortly after the application process opened for the 2016-2017 school year. Even the application process to transfer from UW-Waukesha to UW-Milwaukee was super easy!

What was the best part of freshman year?
The best part of freshman year was during the second semester. Towards the end of the semester, our Student Government Association (SGA) went to UW-Waukesha’s Field Station for a retreat to celebrate all that we had accomplished throughout the year!

What is special about your campus?
What makes UW-Waukesha so special is the sense of community here. I can’t walk 10 feet without running into someone I know. My campus is so tight-knit and it’s what makes it different from other campuses. All the faculty and staff work together to make UW-Waukesha the best campus in the UW System, and it shows. It’s the kind of campus people want to come to and stay. I say it all the time, I would stay here if it offered my degree, and I hear it all the time from other people as well. UW-Waukesha is a great place to start out any higher learning, and I would recommend going here to anybody.

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Daniel and his friends decorating for Mardi Gras. 

Upon thinking about his own experience, Daniel shares some advice for seniors in high school.

I would say get involved. Getting involved in something that interests you is so important to making college more than just a step along the road to a job. It makes college a fun experience, and especially at UW-Waukesha, it is so easy to get involved. Here, there is a club or organization for everybody to enjoy, and they put on great events that even people who are not involved in a club can join in on!

Currently, Daniel is the Vice President of the Student Government Association and works in the Student Development office. He also worked as an orientation leader and plans to do so again in the future.

After his time at UW-Waukesha, Daniel plans to transfer to UW-Milwaukee. There, he will pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in political science. His ultimate goal is to get a law degree. 

Interested in starting your own journey? Get started today with UW Colleges!