As part of his major, he took a counseling class “and absolutely loved doing it. I really want to be in a school setting and make a difference, so what better career than a counselor?
“I plan to use the skills I learned both in the classroom as well as my internships to make me a better school counselor,” said Roux, who is from Rice Lake. “I feel it really geared me to want to be in a school setting in the future.”
Roux believes he found his true calling working with youth.
"It is really easy to talk to someone your own age, but when you're talking to a child who ranges from eight to 12 years old, it is a big difference," Roux said. "You almost have to look from their point of view and explain what you're trying to convey to them in a way that gets them to understand.”
During his internships, 200 hours each spring, he enjoyed being a role model while developing educational and recreational activities for club members. The club meets at River Heights Elementary in Menomonie and is part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley.
“He is among the first to volunteer for the many opportunities to serve our community and campus. He understands the big picture of getting involved and helping others, all while carrying a good GPA,” said Clayt Birmingham, head football coach.
Roux, whose grade-point average is nearly 3.8, also has a chance to play professionally, drawing the attention of NFL scouts for the spring 2021 player draft.
Learning how to balance school and athletics was a challenge, Roux said, “but once I got the hang of it, it was easy. The coaches were very understanding and let me choose to pursue my academics first if there were any conflicts.”
Playing center, a position responsible not just for hiking the ball to the quarterback but calling out offensive signals at the line of scrimmage, was “stressful at times, but it helps you grow into a leadership role,” he said.
He has been working full time since summer, while finishing his degree, and plans to continue his job until next fall, when he begins the master’s program. He works in the warehouse at Serenity Health and Home Décor in Eau Claire.