8.23.2017 – Faces of Marian: Steve Boucher
“I grew up in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and after getting my undergraduate degree and playing college baseball, I pursued my Master’s while I coached baseball. I’ve been with Marian University for 3 years now. I love music, I love going to concerts, buying records, and I’m a big sports fan.
I wasn’t the strongest academically. I have ADHD, a learning disability, and so for the longest time sports were my outlet and I thought it would be my way to college. I didn’t realize schools also look at GPA. I found myself really excelling at a smaller school. I’m a big believer in small class sizes. I excelled in classes JUST like what we offer here at Marian University. I have three siblings and I’m the only one with a Master’s degree, even though they’ve always been academically stronger than me.
While coaching college baseball, I really got burnt out. Through internships and my Master’s program, I realized that there is more to higher education than athletics. So, when the opportunity came to be an Admission Counselor at Marian University, I was really excited about it. I work with an incredible department, and I get to meet countless families and hear their stories, what drew them to Marian University, and how I can help them continue that connection and that interest that initially brought them to us. I always want to keep the college search fun. It’s stressful as it is so I make sure I’m not a sales person. I’m a guy trying to help a student decide on a school. I love building a bond with a student and his/her family and helping them through the college search. I love that we give students opportunities regardless of their background.
Marian University is a liberal arts school that excels in non-liberal art programs. Our hands-on approach with students makes us distinctive. We make sure the students get internships and help them prepare for that next step of being in a career. It’s fantastic. I also love Marian’s location. Fond du Lac is close to Appleton, Milwaukee, and Madison. Our students are from everywhere, which separates us from the typical small Wisconsin school experience.
My advice to students is to get involved. Whether it’s athletics, clubs, or study-abroad opportunities. I regret that I didn’t take advantage of study-abroad opportunities. You’ve got to get out of your comfort zone at some point. There’s no better place to start than in a new setting and in a new school. Especially one that’s a small community.”