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Elliot Carter

Elliot Carter

“No student should miss the opportunity to bond with their professors. I’ve formed some really close bonds with the professors here that I know I will not form at a larger university once I transfer.”

Age: 29

Hometown and current residence: Born in Illinois, grew up in and now lives in Oshkosh

Current program: Computer engineering, since summer 2012

What are you plans for after graduation?

When I was younger I attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, but I was academically dismissed after two semesters because I was not ready for the responsibilities of college and did not take school seriously. Because of the work I’ve done at UWFox, I have recently been re-accepted at UW-Stout and now have the chance to go back and fix the mistakes I made all those years ago. That is something not many students get the opportunity to do, so my hope is to keep raising my cumulative GPA and eventually attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I plan to get my MBA and Ph. D. in computer engineering as well. My dream job would be starting my own IT firm, building processors, working on artificial intelligence and other new technologies.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I did not have the best academic record. UWFox was my second chance, it was my savior in a way, to prove not only to myself but to other people and other colleges that the past is the past and I am prepared to take on the world. UWFox will forever have a special place in my heart.

Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time?

I am a part of FoxBytes, the computer science club, the president of the Fox Valley Engineering Society, and I’ve been working with Dr. A.L. Ranen McLanahan on his Solidarity Project. I also own my own computer/small electronics repair business. Busy is good!

Who is your favorite professor and why?

Aside from Ranen, who I’ve never actually had for a class, my favorite professor is Dr. Bill Bultman. If you’re not ready for his class, then you are not going to be ready to continue on for what you want to do. He really prepares you and sets you up for success. He wants you to succeed, but you have to put in the effort.

What is one thing at UWFox that no student should miss?

No student should miss the opportunity to bond with their professors. I’ve formed some really close bonds with the professors here that I know I will not form at a larger university once I transfer.

What are three things you have on you on campus at all times?

My computer, my tablet and my TI-89 calculator.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UWFox students?

The advice I give as an ambassador when I take students on tours of campus is to apply for the UW-Fox Valley Foundation scholarships. They offer a huge amount of money, and to not take advantage of that is a mistake. They have helped me so much but I know that a lot of students don’t apply for what the Foundation is offering.

 

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