|It took her 10 years, but Candace
Teschner has graduated with a biology
degree from the UW College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences
Graduation at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Struggle to Success
on her death bed,” Teschner said. “‘No matter if you’re sad and blue, there’s always someone who has it worse than you. No matter what you
do, keep pushing on through.’ Just remember that no matter how hard you think it is, there is always someone who has it harder than you. You
can get through it. Keep your head up no matter what. There is always a way. For any the women out there who are going through abuse, there
is always help. Don’t ever feel alone. We’ve all been through it. And don’t listen to the people who say that it is all your fault because it’s not
your fault. Don’t let them get into your head with that. We understand that it is something that you can’t really control, but there is a way out. You
do not have to stay in a situation like that. There are always support networks for you and you can get out.”
While Teschner wants to study up for the GRE and then go to graduate school, she wull have to work in the meantime, hopefully in the area
where she earned her degree, wildlife ecology.
“Hopefully, I can get a job with my tribe, Lac du Flambeau, as a wildlife technician or a biologist of some sort,” Teschner said. “Otherwise, I
have a cousin who works for the Illinois DNR. He said that his boss is looking for some people. He slid my resume across his boss’ desk.
Hopefully good things come out of that. I turned my resume in to a couple of people. They are saying, ‘Wow, you are graduating? You have all of
this experience.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been through a lot. I’ve worked a lot of random jobs, from retail to insurance to banking and
customer sales representative. I’ve done a lot. I’ve been here and been there. I did bartending and retail sales in clothes. I’ve worked
And Tescner does have a dream job in mind.
“This is seriously dreaming because it doesn’t really exist,” Teschner said. “It would be amazing to be a wildlife technician out in the field who
gets paid a lot. They work with endangered species. Actually one of my dream jobs that I was actually joking about is if I would have my own
TV show travelling around the world teaching people about animals with my charismatic personality and quirks and tell jokes and have super
animal nerdiness. That would be an amazing dream job, having my own reality, wildlife talk show.”
While it may sound farfetched, with the resilience and determination Teschner has shown in the last 10 years, it wouldn’t be surprising to turn
the TV on someday in the future and there will be Teschner surrounded by animals in the remotest part of the Amazon. Stay tuned to find out.
Part 2 of 2
By Jonathan Gramling
For most of us, life can be pretty routine in a way as we go from one stage to another in our lives.
Candice Teschner has had to fight her way through what seems to be challenge after challenge in
order to reach her goal, to obtain a degree from UW-Madison, something she wanted to do to
honor her mother who died when Teschner was in her teens.
It may have taken her 10 years, but Teschner finally achieved her goal when she graduated from
the UW-Madison College of Agriculture & Life Sciences with a degree in wildlife ecology. This
PEOPLE Scholar finally made it with a little help from her friends.
“No one really believed I could do it or had it in me to complete or finish until this last semester,
no one except for I would say Dean Tom Brown and Rachelle Eilers,” Teschner said. “They are
my dynamic duo, cheering me on. I took Hazel Symonette’s class this semester. She was there
since the first abusive relationship. She told me, ‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have
what it takes to go to grad school.’ They connected me with a lot of good people to talk with.”
Teschner made it through to graduation because of her positive attitude and belief in hard work.
“This quote is from a Shaggy song my brother used to play when my mother was in the hospital