Wiesner hopes his welding background will help him excel in his new degree plan.
Wiesner graduated from TSTC with a 3.2 GPA and finds it one of his greatest accomplishments at TSTC.
“I’m proud of earning my associate degree and the lifelong connections I made while doing so,” he said. “In my family, I’m the first one. My mom went to college for a semester, but my grandfather died and it was horrible for her. For me, it’s almost honoring them. I came from a background of farming and ranching; you complete high school and that was it. You went into the field. It’s just honoring that I’m going into something that they came from Germany to do and to make a new life.”
Having been inspired by his high school FFA class, Wiesner hopes to become an agriculture teacher one day.
“I would love to share my FFA experience with others,” he said. “I wasn’t in it for four years like the traditional kid; I was a band kid. Moving over, you don’t know anybody. I met amazing people there who I am still friends with today; they’re lifelong friends. Moving over into that program and having those people there helped me get comfortable. It made me who I am today.”
Wiesner said TSTC Welding instructor A. Keith Wojcik also played a part in his decision to teach.
“My welding instructor, Keith Wojcik — words can’t describe how much I’ve learned from the greatest man I have ever met,” he said. “How much he enjoys teaching people to weld after so long in the business is great. I like the creative part of welding, where you can just make something. That’s something he was really good about him. He would just say, ‘Do it.’ He wants you to succeed. He couldn’t have been any happier when I got accepted to A&M.”
Wiesner hopes to transfer that ideology into his teaching style as well.
“I love animals, I always have, and how much I enjoyed it is something I want to share with other people.”
Wiesner’s advice to those interested in continuing their education is to be productive and to persevere.
“This may sound corny and repetitive,” he said. “However, keeping up with your work and not slacking shows and pays off.”
TSTC will host its annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 9. For more information on the college and its programs, visit tstc.edu.