October Student Spotlight: Nikki Differt

Avid Golfer Wants to Continue Doing What She Loves
By UW-Washington County

Nikki DiffertUW-Washington County’s October Student Spotlight is on Nikki Differt of Hartford.  While unsure of her college major, this Hartford Union High School graduate, is very certain that no matter what her career path, she also wants to be able to play golf.  This monthly Spotlight highlights a UW-WC student’s academic achievement and provides the community with an inside look into campus life and a greater understanding of the diverse profiles and experiences of our students.

As the only female member of UW-WC’s golf team, Nikki brought home a Second Team All Conference award last fall. According to UW-WC’s Golf Coach, John Minz, “Nikki is one of the key reasons the Wildcats won two invites this season and she was the only female competitor with 22 males at the Sheboygan Invite.” John called her “a dream athlete to coach” and firmly believes “she’ll have the opportunity to play for a four-year university next year.”

Name: Nikki Differt
Age: 19
Hometown: Hartford
Major: Undecided
Career Goal: Business related career 
Hartford Union High, 2016 graduate 

Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time?  Golf – whether at work, playing on UW-WC’s golf team or with friends – takes up most of Nikki’s free time.  With a part-time job in the Proshop at Washington County’s golf course, Nikki is already fulfilling one of her goals in “doing what she loves.” Her experience with UW-WC’s golf team has been “awesome – it’s great to play with different teams and meet new people.” It is a good opportunity to “step up your game and learn/practice more on golf, if you want to get better at the sport.” She also discovered that it’s a way to get other colleges to”look at you and invite you to play for their school.” She describes this opportunity as “fantastic – if you are willing to play golf in the future.”

Who is your favorite professor or staff member? My favorite faculty member is John Howard, Associate Lecturer in Biological Sciences. Nikki enjoyed taking Animal Biology because Howard “made class easy and he was a very accessible professor.”

What is your favorite class?  Nikki’s favorite class is Personal Finance, which she is taking this fall.  Taught by Carl Gahala, Nikki finds the class interesting and thinks it will help her a lot in the future.

Why did you choose UW-Washington County?  I chose UW-Washington County because it’s a University of WIsconsin campus with interesting classes and dedicated professors/staff.

What do you plan to do after UW-Washington County? I plan to attend a four-year campus (probably UW-Oshkosh or UW-Stevens Point) and complete a degree related to business and also play golf

Advice for incoming UW-WC students? If you are unsure about what job you want in the future, use your time at UW-WC to figure it out! It’s a great school to get your (general education) classes done.

Nikki Differt & coach John Minz

UW-Washington County is located at 400 S. University Drive in West Bend.  The campus is part of the University of Wisconsin System and offers freshman and sophomore level classes in over 250 majors. With dedicated faculty and small class sizes, it provides an optimal learning environment. For more information about the campus, visit the website, washington.uwc.edu or email: wsh-info@uwc.edu



Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications