Al Kraemer; Undergraduate Student
Greetings! My name is Al Kraemer. I’m 23 years young and I’m from Plain, WI. I graduated High School is 2005 and clawed my way into UWM shortly thereafter. I was raised around the quarries and sand pits of The Kraemer Company in Wisconsin and I started becoming interested in rocks as a youngster but I didn’t declare a major until two years after I started school and here I find myself a 6th year senior. I finally decided on declaring a BA in Geology but after accepting the fact that I might need math, chemistry and physics in my life, I decided to switch to a BS and I’m glad I did. At the moment I enjoy volcanology related topics of study and I try my best to be involved in the newly formed volcanology club. I’m also a closet mineralogy fan. I couldn’t be happier as a Geosciences major. If it wouldn’t be for this department, I wouldn’t have been able to visit Iceland and I wouldn’t know about many of the geological wonders that are all around us here in Wisconsin and the Midwest in general. I’m a party animal and I like to joke around but I can keep a straight head on my shoulders when it comes to school. You can sometimes find me in the Greene Gallery or running around the department doing random tasks as the Geosciences assistant events coordinator. I love rocks but come Sunday afternoon, I’m all about the Green and Gold.
- Hometown/High School?
Plain, WI/River Valley HS
- Year in School and expected graduation date?
Hoping by the end of Summer 11’
- What brought you to UWM?
he “big” city. I also wanted to stay in Wisconsin.
- What convinced you to major in Geosciences?
Mostly all the sweet rocks. But I also enjoy science in general. You get geology when you mix them together.
- What field of study would you like to go into and how would you describe it to a prospective student?
I really liked being on a volcano this summer and I would gladly go back onto one. Its like geology is happening right in front of you, or under you I suppose.
- What's been your best experience so far?
Summer, 2010 glacial and volcanic geology of Iceland lecture and two week field trip. Enough said.
- Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in field trips, field work, or travel as part of your education?
Field trips for every class. Field work for some of the field trips. I’ve traveled from Lake Michigan to as far as Iceland.
- Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in a student research project while at UWM?
One in structural but as of now that’s all.
- What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in geology?
Determination. Lets be honest… it gets pretty dry in geology sometimes. I’m sticking it out.
- How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
It’s a very strong department. There’s a lot of clubs to get involved in, the faculty is super friendly and helpful AND we get lots of field trips.
- Do you have any advice that you would give to a student who is new to the Geoscience major at UWM?
All you can do it stick it out. If you’re doing what you really enjoy then you won’t have a problem. I am terrible at math and chemistry and things of the like but because they are geology related I am pushing myself to overcome these obstacles to fully understand what I enjoy doing.
- What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
Coming where I come from I enjoy it most because I am just another random face on the sidewalk. It’s just so much bigger than my hometown and there’s so much to do everywhere you go on any day of the week.
- What are your plans after you graduate?
I would like to stay in Milwaukee and continue my education, hopefully through the UWM Geosciences department. I also wouldn’t mind going back to Iceland for a while….