Self-trained boxing champ's unusual Western story

Robert Wagner and coach
Graduating senior Robert Wagner credits Western for his success in and out of the classroom.

As a Politics and Pre-Law student, Wagner is a self-motivated and self-trained high achiever. However, he identifies his community as a key part of his success as a student and athlete.

“Being involved is very important at Western,” he reflected. “Here, the close-knit community creates a sense of accountability.”

In his time at Western, Robert became involved in the Men’s Club Rugby team and served with the Peer Academic Leader (PAL) program to become connected with other students. Leadership has been a big part of Wagner’s life as a student and community member.

One of his biggest passions is athletics. Wagner recently won the Heavy-Weight Champion title in the 2017 United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association National Championships. After this achievement, Wagner says he’s happier than ever that he chose to come to Western.

“The majority of people here are risk-takers in one way or another,” he said. “If I went to any other school, I don’t think I would have the same success I’ve had for the past four years.”

Wagner will be pursuing work in banking, financial planning, or law. He looks forward to continuing his success after graduation, but will look back to Western as a community that pushed him to excel.

Story by Anna Lhuillier.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 4:00pm