Get to know Trista Cegielski

By UW-Marshfield / Wood County

Marshfield student Trista Cegielski

Age: 19

Hometown: Park Falls, Wis.

High school: Chequamegon High School

Current program or major: Political Science


Why did you choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County? I choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County because it’s affordable. And with it being a smaller campus, I was able to get very involved and participate in various clubs and organizations.

What surprised you the most about UW-Marshfield/Wood County when you arrived on campus? How I felt so welcomed and comfortable. The student ambassadors and staff made orientation day fun and interactive, making sure everyone was involved. I knew that I did not want to go to school where I felt like a stranger, and UW-Marshfield/Wood County most certainly made me feel welcomed.

Why did you choose your program/major? I’m interested in becoming a lawyer. I chose political science because it will help me develop various skills, such as reasoning and communications, planning, and research and analysis.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? It’s interesting to know that with a political science major I will be able to use the skills to purse various careers. If becoming a lawyer does not work out, I’ll have other career options with this major.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? When I am not at school, I am busy on campus as a student ambassador along with serving as Student Senate president. I am also a Resident Assistant at The Villas of Marshfield along and working at Applebee’s.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? My favorite professors on campus are Laura Lee along and Kavita Bahita. I enjoy both professors because of their commitment to their students and passison for what they do. I struggle with both math and science. They are constantly available for help and guidance.

What do you plan to do after UW-Marshfield/Wood County? I plan to transfer to UW-Eau Claire to continue pursuing my political science degree and a certificate in legal studies.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marshfield/Wood County students? Don’t be scared of getting involved. In all of the clubs and organizations that I have experienced on campus, everyone has been very welcoming and caring.



Brian Becker