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Meet Your Recruiters

Have questions about life as a student at Madison College? Need more information about how to apply, what programs fit your interests, or paying for college?  Or maybe you just need some help finding your way around campus. Meet our recruiters, Torvic, Chelsey, Gabriela, Barbara, Mollie and Javier, who are here to answer your questions and help you through the admissions process.

Torvic Caradine

Head shot of Torvic, Madison College recruiter

Contact info: (608) 243-4268

E-mail: Caradine@madisoncollege.edu

Recruiter Coordinator

What advice would you give to incoming students?

The advice I would give incoming students is that college is completely different than high school. Students are going to be treated like adults and they will be responsible for their own decisions. That can be good and bad. It is a great time to learn who they are and begin their journey into adulthood.

What do you love about Madison College?

I love the fact that Madison College has so many support services to help students. Like free tutoring, and academic advising just to name two.  Madison College cares about their success. That is rare on some college campuses.

What was the greatest lesson you learned in college?

The greatest lesson I’ve learned in college is that there is a time for work and a time to play. You just need to determine which one is which. There were times I wanted to hang out with my friends, but I knew there was an assignment or test for which I needed to study. I had to decide which was more important: school work or hanging out with my friends.

What's my favorite college memory?

My favorite college memory is an all-campus water gun/balloon fight. During homecoming, students were invited to represent their dormitory and join in the event. Water balloons and water guns were provided or you could bring your own. It was an absolute blast!

 


 

Chelsey Bauer

Head shot of Chelsey, Madison College recruiter

Contact info: (608) 246-6022

E-mail: CBauer4@madisoncollege.edu

Recruiter Coordinator

What advice would you give to incoming students?

I would tell new students to get involved. Getting involved helps you make new friends, boost your resume and network, which will open doors in the future.  I was able to get involved with the Dane County Deputy Sheriff Association Explorer Post. It helped me connect with other people who had common interests, take part in competitions and do a wide variety of community service.  The post also allowed me to network with organizations on both state and national levels.

What do you love about Madison College?

I love the hands-on learning that Madison College has to offer. I also love the fact that Madison College instructors stand behind their students, providing them with countless opportunities to enhance their learning experience with things such as: workout sessions and interview preparation. Some instructors even hire their former students.

What was the greatest lesson you learned in college?

The greatest lesson that I learned in college is that you never know where life will take you and all things happen for a reason.  You just need to persevere through the tough times and never give up when trying to reach your goals. 

What's my favorite college memory?

My favorite college memory is doing police scenarios in Mr. Krueger’s report-writing class.  It was a fun hands-on learning experience to be able to do scenarios with my classmates. We created various situations for our classmates to perform and also had the opportunity to do them ourselves. We really applied what we learned in class.

 


 

Gabriela Arteaga

Head shot of Gabriela, Madison College recruiter

Contact info: (608) 243-4335

E-mail: GArteaga1@madisoncollege.edu

Recruiter Coordinator Bilingual (Spanish/English)

¿Qué consejo les darías a estudiantes nuevos?

Si te sientes abrumad@ o fuera de lugar, acuérdate que todos nos hemos sentido así y busca apoyo. El Centro para el Desarrollo de Estudiantes (Student Development Center) sería un bueno recurso. También sugiero involucrarte con un club para conocer a gente con intereses parecidos a los tuyos. Acuérdate que no estas sol@ y ¡estamos aquí para ayudar!

¿Qué te encanta de Madison College?

Yo valoro mucho lo que la administración está haciendo para recibir a estudiantes de diferentes circunstancias. Han hecho un gran esfuerzo para que estos estudiantes se sientan bienvenidos y apreciados. También aprecio a los instructores porque, por ejemplo, cuando yo tomé una clase aquí lo que me llamó la atención fue que mi profesor nos daba una mano con todo y estaba muy interesado en vernos tener éxito.

¿Cuál fue la cosa más importante que aprendiste en la universidad?

Aprendí, que aunque al principio una persona tal vez parezca muy diferente a uno, la primera impresión no es siempre correcta y hay que tener caridad con la gente. También se tiene que tener caridad con uno mismo y apoyarse unos a otros. He aprendido que es esencial esforzarse y trabajar lo mejor que uno pueda pero también hay que cuidarse así mismo. Ese equilibrio se tiene que practicar y todos no equivocamos a veces. ¡Todo va a estar bien! 

¿Cuál es tu memoria favorita de la universidad?

Me acuerdo que por problemas personales no me iba bien en mis clases. No quería pedirle ayuda a nadie porque creía que la gente pensaría menos de mí, pero termine confiando en mi consejera. Ella me ayudo a hablar con mis profesores y todos trabajaron conmigo para apoyarme en lo que podían. Entendí al fin que ellos estaban fomentando mi porvenir y mi éxito en la universidad.

 


 

Barbara Martin

Head shot of Barb, Madison College recruiter

Contact info: (608) 745-3131

E-mail: BJMartin3@madisoncollege.edu

Recruiter Coordinator

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Explore options, decide and then believe you can succeed and you WILL!!

What do you love about Madison College?

I love the fact that there are so many genuinely caring people who are available to assist students to have a positive college experience.

What was the greatest lesson you learned in college?

The greatest lesson I learned in college was to NOT give up – keep trying, ask for help if you need it and keep going. I started my higher education experience as the oldest of six children in a family where no one had ever gone to college. There were many things to learn about what it means to go to college. Fortunately, there have been some terrific people in my life that have encouraged me and believed it to be important that I continue to grow through higher education.

Over the course of my life I have pursued an education at many different stages.  I started out by taking a couple classes after graduating from high school. Then I got married and became a mom. When my children were in middle school, I decided to go back to school. 

It took many years of taking classes part time while juggling working, children and going to school to accomplish an associate degree in business mid-management.  Now in the next phase of my life, I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration while again taking classes part time while working full time. It is never too late to continue to learn and grow. The hard work and commitment is definitely worth the effort as there are many benefits higher education.

What's my favorite college memory?

My favorite college memory is of one day realizing that I had become so much more confident due to my experiences while in college. Knowledge provides a greater awareness and understanding of the people and world around us. And it is in this expanded understanding that I now move forward with greater ease and confidence to deal with whatever life brings my way.


 


 

Mollie Stolbov

 Mollie Stolbov

Contact info: (608) 243-4335

E-mail:  MStolbov@madisoncollege.edu

East Region Recruiter Coordinator

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Advocate for yourself! If you need help, have a questions, need tutoring, or accommodation services you need to go ask for these. Colleges want to help you be successful, but with so many students in school you need reach out of the help you need.

What do you love about Madison College?

I love how students can study any subject they want. With over 150 programs and transfer options, students can really save money and get into the career they want by coming to Madison College. Saving money and getting started in the smaller environment can only set up students for success! There are lots of ways to get involved and meet new people to help with success too.

What was the greatest lesson you learned in college?

I learned to take chances and get involved in clubs or activities you might not ordinarily do. I joined MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) because a friend recommended it. I learned so much of activism and in my senior year because the Chairperson for the group! You can always learn something new and have new experiences to shape you future. 

What's my favorite college memory?

One of the best experiences of my life as studying abroad in Paris. I spent a semester doing an internship with a magazine in Paris and basically lived on my own in an apartment and it was amazing. I learned so much about the French culture, being independent, and becoming more fluent in another language. It was such a great experience and I hope everyone has the opportunity to spend time abroad and be immersed in another culture.

 


 

Javier Neira

Head shot of Torvic, Madison College recruiter

Contact info: (608) 243-4256

E-mail: jneira@madisoncollege.edu

Interim Manager

What advice would you give to incoming students?

You need to enjoy the experience. Madison College will give you the opportunity to interact with students from many diverse backgrounds that are going to make your college experience much better. This is your opportunity to learn about your community, advance in your academics, and bring to your future professional life a variety of skills which employers are going to love.

What do you love about Madison College?

I believe the best part of Madison College is that it is a community college. This means that we are here for the community to provide high quality education and support bases for every student’s success. Madison College is truly a college dedicated to our students’ success (therefore, our communities’), which means better opportunities in their professional lives.

What was the greatest lesson you learned in college?

Life is what you make of it! Put all your passion and effort in what you are doing, and when you encounter opportunities which are going to make you a better person, take them. Experiencing volunteer opportunities or internships while going to college will help you find your true passion. Better yet, you’ll gain contacts in your professional field. This will lead to job opportunities and a better understanding of the environment you plan to work in. 

What's my favorite college memory?

Friends! They are there for companionship; when thing go terribly wrong they will be there, when things go well, they will be there as well. My college friends were essential to my success; we studied together, we celebrated, and we gave support to each other when we needed it the most.