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WLC Class Of: 2015
Major: Adult Accelerated Program - Business Management and Leadership
Current Occupation: Project Manager at Infinite Energy Construction, Inc.
After graduating high school, Spenser Hicks wanted to enlist in the
military. His mother wanted him to attend one year of college prior to
enlisting, so Spenser enrolled at Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2008. One year
later he enlisted in the Air Force. At the end of his enlistment, he felt
called to complete his undergraduate degree and enrolled in WLC’s adult
accelerated degree program in 2014.
you prepared for the transition from the Air Force back to civilian life?
“This was a very quick transition for
me; I left my last duty station in July 2014, moved to Wisconsin the same
month, and began taking classes at WLC in September 2014. I seriously enjoyed
my education experience there and the people I met. Being in class with other
adults who had already been through many life experiences immensely helped with
my transition! I would have been hard pressed to spend so much time with kids
straight out of high school.”
did you learn about yourself during your time at WLC?
laughed when responding to this question, but I learned that I needed to soften
my perspective and response to the “civilians” in the workplace. Just because
my troops did what I said when I said it doesn’t mean that same approach works
in the real world. The professionals around me have much more experience than I
coming straight out of the military, into college, then into the workforce.
Have you applied your coursework to your
Business Management and Leadership program coursework proved to be extremely
applicable. The homework was not just busy work but, from my perspective,
expertly chosen to prepare students for tasks they would face in their various
career choices. For example, I am a project manager at a construction company
and daily use the skills I learned from numerous assignments I was instructed
you imagine a big moment you hope WLC has prepared you for?
I am pursuing being selected to attend Air Force Officer Training School. There
are lots of officers in the military but surprisingly not that many leaders. If
selected, the servant leadership concentration of the entire Business
Management and Leadership program will be something that I will rely on to lead
my subordinates to success. It will be the cornerstone of my personal
advice would you give to fellow veterans regarding going back to school?
In general, pick a school and a program that
will highlight the leadership skills you learned while in the military, because
regardless of your career path, the soft skills of leadership are the hardest
to learn but some of the most sought-after attributes by an employer. Also,
pick a program and school that will accentuate your personality; this will help
with your transition. And again, an adult program helps to place you around