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Erich Eifler

Erich Eifler

“Though the twisted roads we travel in life are often fraught with difficulty, there is never a shorter route to happiness. One only fails when they stop seeking the end.”

Age: 36

Hometown: De Pere, WI

Current residence: Kaukauna, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2006-Fall 2010

Background before UWFox:

“I graduated from East De Pere HS in1991. Since then I’ve worked for a variety of restaurants and at numerous group homes for disadvantaged youth. I spent a number of years as a carpenter, even working for one program that taught disadvantaged youth to build homes. I met my wife in Missoula, MT, and together we have road-tripped and traveled by rail extensively between Wisconsin and the Northwest United States.

“I studied for two years at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as a chemical engineering major, then moved to Montana and enrolled at the University of Montana-Missoula and changed my major to Psychology.  I spent three years there, then moved back to my hometown and finished my major, earning a B.A. in Psychology, at St. Norbert College in De Pere.”

Why did you choose UWFox?

“While working construction, my co-workers often expressed how construction is not a job you can do for your whole life. I was encouraged to explore my options, and stumbled across the UWFox act! program. It was a perfect fit for me.”

Have you chosen a major?

“I am pursuing a teaching certification in Science.”

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

“My advisors and professors at UWFox have been incredibly supportive, and have helped me to achieve success to the point that I’m now engaged in the most exciting activity I can imagine: student-teaching in Middleton, WI.”

What are your career plans after UWFox?

“I would like a job teaching at an alternative high school.”

Other interesting things you’d like to share?

“Though the twisted roads we travel in life are often fraught with difficulty, there is never a shorter route to happiness. One only fails when they stop seeking the end.”

 

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