Student’s secret to success: Work ahead

October 16, 2013
Nate Katzenmeyer

For many UW-Platteville Online students, earning a degree is a juggling act.

Nontraditional student Nate Katzenmeyer is an exceptional juggler. Nate—who is earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice—balances a full-time course load, a full-time career as a Dane County Sheriff’s deputy, and a personal life.

How does he do it? Nate credits his success to time management, good instructors, and his habit of working ahead on assignments. “You don’t know what is going to happen in school, in your personal life, and in your professional life. So, I try to work ahead so that there are no surprises.”

But Nate isn’t looking to just cross off a list of assignments. “The reason I work so far ahead is that I’ve enjoyed being in the classes so much, and I look forward to the next assignments and doing the research and bettering myself. If you put it off, things are going to get bad and you’ll be behind. If you get behind, you get overwhelmed, and then you don’t get as much out of the classes and your education.”

Instructor Gary Apperson noticed Nate’s determination in his Criminal Investigations (CRIMLJUS 3130) and Police-Community Relations (CRIMLJUS 4130) courses.

“Nate demonstrated drive, effort, and leadership in my classes that helped the other students to go for the high bar. Additionally, Nate was always first to turn in assignments and his work was always very high quality.”

Nate hopes to complete his bachelor’s degree in the next year and continue in the master’s program. Eventually, he would like to be a K9 officer.

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