“If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.” – John Greene
Pronouns – His, Him, He
Sexual Identity – Fluid Sexuality/Gay
Finding a sense of belonging is a very important value in life. For some, that feeling happens instantly, and when Will Zimmer set foot on campus, he felt like he was home.
“I came from a small town, and the small campus and small classes just made me feel like I belonged here,” Will said. “Also, everyone has made me feel welcome. I have such a great relationships on this campus.”
Will’s great relationships come from the quality time he’s spent in class.
“When you have small classes like there are at UW-Superior, you get to know everyone in some shape or form,” he said. “All the instructors know me, take an interest in my life and cater toward me. I’m very comfortable with everyone here.”
The ability to express himself freely is one of Will’s favorite things about campus.
“I can be myself here completely, and I’ve never felt like I couldn’t be myself,” he said. “You can decide who you are here, and people will accept you. I’m proud of who I am.”
Being able to make a statement and share his personality with others has opened Will’s eyes to how he can grow as well.
“I realized that I was much more judgmental than I thought. I would stereotype people and let that affect my interactions,” Will said. “I’m working on the initial thoughts I have about people and not acting on them. I’m definitely more open minded now.”
Will is happy to be learning life lessons that he can bring out into the real world, and by being more understanding, he’s furthering his experience every day.
“When you’re not opposed to new ideas, you realize that change is a good thing,” he said. “I want to inspire people to improve, too and be positive. This close-knit community allows students to do better.”
Along with supporting students, Will is also a strong supporter of the music and arts programs on campus.
“Art is a big part of my life. Even though this is a small campus, there is so much to do to get involved to keep your interests flowing,” he said. “I can get outside my majors and support my friends and the university, and I’m more than happy to give back.”
Will is planning on going to chiropractic school in the Twin Cities after he graduates from UW-Superior. He’s dedicated toward helping people and making them feel comfortable.
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.