I chose UW-Barron County for three reasons. First, I was not ready to leave my hometown. Second, I knew that college is an expensive journey, and I wanted to take the most inexpensive route. Third, I was fortunate enough to be educated on the benefits of starting out at a smaller college. I knew UW-Barron County would not be too overwhelming, and I would have the opportunity to get to know my professors on a personal level. Students and staff have pushed me to be a part of so many activities and events. I joined clubs that I never thought I would enjoy. Now I have so many new passions.