Nicole Ruchotzke is always looking for a new challenge. Whether it is changing her career or going out of her way to learn new things, she brings energy and enthusiasm to every project. That zeal translates to her work as an Associate Outreach Specialist and Advisor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Ruchotzke joined the department in 2017 after a successful career in hospitality. The customer service skills she learned in that field, along with her own passion for education, made advising a great fit. Though she is still learning many of the processes and procedures for the advising team, she is already looking towards new goals for herself. This practice also gives her insight when helping students set and achieve their own goals.
“I am working towards strengthening my skills in data analytics and grant writing. Personally, I feel anyone working towards their goals should explore all aspects of it,” Ruchotzke said. “I am someone who sets my mind on something and searches for ways to accomplish it. For anyone working towards their goals, there is not a ‘right route’ to achieve a dream, you simply have to figure out what works for you and run with it.”
Outside of the office, Ruchotzke loves to try new things like kickboxing classes and traveling. This summer, she planned a trip to North Carolina with her fiancé, Braden. Then, when a friend had a spare ticket for an Electronic Dance Music festival in Europe, she decided to go for it.
“I enjoy learning new things whether it is the fun fact of the day on my phone or something I scroll across online, I enjoy looking more into the subject because you never know when such information might come in handy,” Ruchotzke said. “Experiences are the best gift you can give to yourself and the memories will last a lifetime. Plus, a good story is bound to come out of it!”
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