“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire
Pronouns – She, Her, Hers
Sexual Orientation – Bisexual
Whether it was fate or just a happy coincidence, Carsen Wetzel found UW-Superior after a vacation on the North Shore put Carsen and her family at a hotel in Superior.
“We passed the campus on the way to a restaurant, and on a whim I decided to visit campus,” Carsen said. “When I came for a tour I instantly fell in love.”
Coming from a small town herself, Carsen appreciated the small campus and all it had to offer.
“The close community has made me very comfortable. The small classes and one-on-one help that’s offered is perfect,” she said. “I love how involved the classes are, and I’ve loved every class I’ve had.”
Carsen is loving everything about her major. Though before coming to UW-Superior, Carsen did even know Art Therapy existed, and the program was meant to be for her.
“I always wanted to have a career in the arts, but I am very interested in psychology and helping others, too,” Carsen said. “This program combines both of my passions, and I’m so happy that I found it.”
There are many things Carsen is passionate about. With all of her interests, UW-Superior is still able to let pursue every passion.
“I might actually add a double major in Writing because I really like the writing classes and instructors,” she said. “It’s also really important that I’m able to be myself and the Gender Equity Resource Center (GERC) has allowed me to feel open and safe. They’re a support system and family to me.”
Carsen is a colorful person, and with the support of campus, Carsen’s found that she’s much more independent than she once believed.
“I’ve learned to try new things for myself and explore my personality. Everyone is so accepting here, and if I’m feeling stuck, I can turn to so many people for help.”
Creating an open mindset has given Carsen a whole new outlook for the future.
“Seeing how open and accepting UW-Superior is has taught me to do the same for others,” she said. “Having a positive attitude is something that I can bring into the world and share with others.”
Carsen plans on staying with UW-Superior after she graduates with her bachelor’s degree to pursue her master’s degree in Art Therapy. Carsen’s excited that she’s found everything she needs in one great place.
The Gender Equity Resource Center (GERC) works to create a safe environment within the campus community and provides programs and resources that empower students of all genders and sexual identities to have a successful college experience. If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community, contact them today to see how you can bring even more diversity to UW-Superior.