Student Story: Tara Guden

By UW Colleges

group of freshman
Freshmen at UW-Marshfield/Wood County pose for a photo near the campus statue.

Choosing a college is a tough decision. Going on a tour, meeting with a recruiter or talking to a current student is a great way to find out if a campus is right for you. We talked to current freshman, Tara Guden, about her first year at UW-Marshfield/Wood County.

Why did you choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County?

I chose UW-Marshfield/Wood County because of the small class sizes. I really wanted one-on-one learning (in college). I also decided to go to UW-Marshfield/Wood County because of the low tuition and the collaborative nursing program here in Marshfield with the UW-Eau Claire campus.

What’s special about your campus?

UW-Marshfield has small class sizes and with that comes the advantage of having accessibility to professors. Having a smaller campus is definitely nice; I’ve gotten to know people I otherwise wouldn’t have here at UW-Marshfield/Wood County. I couldn’t imagine starting my college career anywhere else.

Student vs. Staff kickball game
A photo from the student vs. staff kickball game.

What’s the best part of freshman year?

There are so many great things about my freshman year on campus. One of the best parts is taking interesting classes. Not only do you learn fascinating information, but you also meet some awesome friends! There have been some really fun and incredible opportunities with campus life and club events.

How was the application process?

The application process was really simple. I didn’t encounter any problems with it.

As she thought about her senior year in high school, Tara shared some advice for current seniors.

I would advise seniors who plan to go into higher education to apply for every scholarship you can. A little work now will save you a lot of money in the future. Be thinking about your future!

Tara is a Student Ambassador on campus and is involved in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship group. In her free time, she volunteers with the Marshfield Medical Center and Bright Horizons Child Care Center. She plans to transfer into the nursing program at UW-Eau Claire after her time at UW-Marshfield/Wood County.


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