Meet Payton Bickett (’24) from Lake Country Lutheran, majoring in Elementary/Special Education.

Why should someone from Lake Country Lutheran consider CUW?

CUW is a great school for students from LCL looking to transition to college but keep the Lutheran education foundation. The university’s commitment to academic excellence, combined with its Lutheran heritage, creates a unique and supportive environment for students navigating the crucial step from high school to college.The supportive network at CUW understands the importance of preserving the sense of community that student similar to what they would have experiences at LCL. The university strives to recreate this sense of belonging through various student organizations, faith-based activities, and mentorship programs, ensuring that students feel connected and supported as they navigate the college landscape.

One of the key strengths of CUW lies in its ability to provide a nurturing atmosphere that upholds the values and principles of the LCMS. The university’s Lutheran identity fills various aspects of campus life, fostering a community where students can continue to grow spiritually and intellectually. The chapel services, religious studies programs, and campus ministries serve as pillars, ensuring that students have ample opportunities to deepen their faith while pursuing higher education.

CUW, similar to LCL, has a commitment to academic rigor that encourages success for its students. The university offers a diverse range of programs, providing students with the flexibility to explore various disciplines while rooted in a faith-based context. The faculty play a pivotal role in guiding students through their academic journey. This integration of academic excellence and spiritual growth sets CUW apart as an ideal choice for students seeking a holistic college experience.

How did Lake Country Lutheran HS prepare you for life after high school?

Lake Country Lutheran High School (LCLHS) has been instrumental in preparing me for college. The school’s commitment to academic excellence, character development, and a supportive community has equipped me with the skills and mindset necessary for success. The rigorous curriculum challenged me academically, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The emphasis on spiritual growth provided me with a strong moral foundation, while the focus on character development instilled qualities like integrity and responsibility. Engaging in leadership opportunities such as LIFT leader and extracurricular activities allowed me to develop essential skills like teamwork and communication. The supportive community at LCLHS created an environment where I felt known and valued, contributing to a positive transition to college at Concordia. The school’s emphasis on college and career readiness and involvement in extracurricular activities further enriched my overall educational experience. In summary, LCLHS has not only prepared me academically but has also nurtured my personal and spiritual growth, laying a solid foundation for success in high school and beyond.

What has been the impact of a Lutheran education in your life?

The impact of Lutheran education on my life has been transformative, beginning with my transfer to a Lutheran school in fourth grade. Since then, attending Lutheran schools has not only provided an environment of academic excellence but has also fostered spiritual growth and a strong sense of community. The decision to make this transition marked a pivotal moment, introducing me to an educational setting where Christian values were seamlessly integrated into the learning experience. This shift in perspective influenced not only my academic journey but also shaped my character and deepened my faith.

Have any teachers or professors impacted your life while at CUW and Lake Country Lutheran?

Gratitude fills my heart as I reflect on the faculty in these Lutheran schools, who have played a central role in my educational experience. Their commitment to academic excellence has been complemented by a genuine extension of God’s love through personalized guidance, encouragement, and support. The integration of faith into daily learning, coupled with a strong sense of community, has provided a nurturing environment that goes beyond traditional education. The faculty’s dedication to fostering an atmosphere of love and care has left an indelible mark on my life, making my educational journey within Lutheran schools truly enriching and spiritually fulfilling.

What is the most underrated element of CUW?

The dance team! 😊

What is your favorite spot on campus?

Evelyn’s place or the business building

What drew you to Concordia?

The Education department offers a dual certification without dual major program. This is very rare and saves education majors a lot of time in their studies by combining coursework that would otherwise crossover.

What has been your favorite class here at CUW and why?

My favorite class during my time at CUW was Teaching Students with significant disabilities. This class was taught by Dr. Hensel and was very interactive. This course was crucial in my preparation for becoming a special education teacher.

Want in?

Our comprehensive program, guided by experienced faculty, nurtures your passion and skills to support K-9 students, including those with disabilities. Starting in your freshman year, you’ll engage in education coursework and fieldwork, gaining content knowledge, instructional strategies, and management skills. Graduates with dual licensure in general and special education are highly sought after. Rooted in a liberal arts foundation with a Christian emphasis, our focus extends beyond academics to develop the mind, body, and spirit of teacher candidates. The program leads to a Wisconsin teaching license in Elementary/Middle Education (K-9th) and Cross Categorical Special Education (K-12), with options for a Lutheran Teaching Diploma (LTD) or a Christian Teaching Certificate (CTC). Enjoy small class sizes and diverse student teaching opportunities locally and beyond.