Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Caesar
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There's so many opportunities out there, so many groups, clubs, events. The worst part is knowing what you should do. If you ...

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There's so many opportunities out there, so many groups, clubs, events. The worst part is knowing what you should do. If you don't go to the first couple meetings of a group, it's hard to really "become part" of it. They will welcome you with open arms, no doubt, but it's a little weird, I think. So just go into everything at the very beginning, and choose what you want to commit to.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice for choosing a college and the college experience is to know what you're looking for, and know what you're getting yourself into before you go in. Visit the campuses, make sure it's a place that the student would enjoy living. Talk to the students, see how they are enjoying life on campus. A student should never go to a school where the classes are too easy for them. This often results in negligence, boredom, and getting into more trouble than they should. Make sure that the class difficulty isn't too hard for the student, but don't go to an easy school just for an easy degree. It's not worth it. Know what kind of activities the student wants to get involved in. Do they offer such them at the school? Not everyone is in clubs, so maybe it's an irrelevant question, but this is definitely something to bring up when on a campus tour, or talking to current students. Ask them how involved students are on campus, and if it blends with your students' interests. Know what you want, and what you're getting yourself into. Then you're fine.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you're unmotivated, you definitely should not come to this school. Sure, everyone procrastinates, but if you don't have a desire to do well in a class, then you will probably fail. Yes, they say it's a big party school, but nobody really parties when they know that they have things they need to get done. Academics always come first, so make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into.

Thomas
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Its important to look at all the aspects of a college before making your final choice.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Its important to look at all the aspects of a college before making your final choice.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How stirct the school was on drinking violations.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about this school is the local police and how they deal with drinking violations.

Emily
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important advice I would give to parents and students would be to keep an open mind in all areas of college life. Do...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important advice I would give to parents and students would be to keep an open mind in all areas of college life. Don't base your college decision on a specific field of study that you think you might be interested in, but rather find a well-rounded school that can expose you to a variety of subjects. Taking classes on topics you have never learned about can reveal hidden passion for subjects you never knew you had and help you feel more confident about where you want to go in life. You should also be open-minded about social groups and activities. In my personal experience, I learned so much about myself and how I want to live my life by surrounding myself with people who challenged my morals, values, and opinions. I grew as a person because of this and I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to spend time with people who come from backgrounds so different than me. Lastly, it is important to remember that while change is good, don't forget where you came from! Keep in close contact with your family and friends.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Some who is willing to work hard but also likes to try new activities and meet new people should attend this school.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I mostly brag about how interesting and specific my classes are and the religious organization that I belong to.

Bridget
Describe the students at your school.

Fun loving, hard working, hard partying, social, smart friends for life who are going to go onto great things.

Describe the students at your school.

Fun loving, hard working, hard partying, social, smart friends for life who are going to go onto great things.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students and parents should think about the types of other students they (or their child) will meet during their time on campus. Academics should be a predominant deciding factor, but so should be the culture and social life of the school. Most students' experiences won't be defined by the types of classes they take, but who they befriend and become roomates with, what types of groups they get involved with and what types of real world social situations they face. Look at what types of internship, work study and volunteering opportunities are available, because, again, the experiences outside of the classroom are going to have the biggest impacts on their academic, personal and professional futures.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is confident, midwestern in ethos, very smart but not pushy about it, someone who doesn't dislike alcohol, interested in the world around them, able to be responsible and operate independently from others (students, parents, teachers, friends) but who is engaging and social and openminded and progressive., someone who can multi-task and balance school, work, and a busy social life.

Jason
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Madison gives the large city feeling of a school while still keeping small social communities and focusing on individual lear...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Madison gives the large city feeling of a school while still keeping small social communities and focusing on individual learning habits.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Making a college decision can be very tough for many different reasons. Personally, I took a risk choosing Madison because of my financial situation. It turned out that money, while not physically in front of you, is always there for education. If you really want to attend a school that is out of your price range, don't throw your dream away. Instead, start looking for scholarships that can aid you in your college experience. Never choose a school based solely on finances. Also, Take tours of all the colleges you are interested in, and even some of the colleges you aren't. Taking tours of both types will help you to decide what aspects you like about each campus and what you don't find appealing about a school. Keeping a log of your thoughts about different colleges while you tour will prove useful when thinking back on which school would fit you best. After you have toured what you feel is enough schools, sit down for a couple days and really think about it, don't expect the answer to be right in front of you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is willing to dedicate their time during the week to schoolwork and is willing to party on the weekends. The person should also not be shy because it is a large campus and meeting people is hard if you dont have take the initiative. they should also be laid back and ready to go with the flow.

Megan
Describe the students at your school.

They're hard working, motivated and fairly competitive people who know how to dedicate themselves to their work but also know...

Describe the students at your school.

They're hard working, motivated and fairly competitive people who know how to dedicate themselves to their work but also know how to have fun.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think it's best known for it's top-notch research facilities, along with it's "work hard/play hard" philosophy among the student body.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Listen to your intuition! There are many things that make a particular college or university the best fit for you, so be sure to consider the programs available, proximity to friends and family, along with the atmosphere exuded when making a decision. And remember, it's possible that not everything will be "perfect", but your insticts will usually lead you in the right direction. And when you've chosen the college of your choice, be sure to be open and try new things - get involved, join a club you've never thought of joining before! Explore all the campus has to offer. Best of luck!

Amanda
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The campus and the city surrounding campus.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The campus and the city surrounding campus.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell students to focus on their schoolwork, but not to worry too much about their grades. Sure, grades are good indicators of how well you understand the material (as most are based off of exam performance) but a lot of classes measure you against your peers and sometimes it's extremely difficult to get the grade you wanted. Also, I would suggest they get involved because joining groups and/or other social groups allows for the opportunity to meet new people who you will likely remain friends with for the rest of your life. I'd also have to tell them to just enjoy the experience too. College has changed me a lot as a person, but I wouldn't trade the experience (failures included!) for anything.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

That UW-Madison is an excellent school for not only academic but social and spiritual growth. Also that Madison is a great city to live in.

Samantha
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

One of the most important aspects about picking the right school is to absolutely visit the campus. Attend a class, stay with...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

One of the most important aspects about picking the right school is to absolutely visit the campus. Attend a class, stay with a friend on campus, interview a current student, anything that you can do to find out how you would fit into the university. The school you pick is going to be your home for the next 4 years; you have to make sure you're comfortable there. Once you find your perfect school, make a point to join one cause that you believe in. College is the one place where you have to learn to leave your shell behind and be willing to put yourself out there. College is all above finding yourself and affirming your beliefs. It's the most important time of your life. Make the most of it.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Some professors tend to forget that we're not taking only their class and they give us quite a large workload. Sometimes it's hard to put in 100% effort into everything they give us. There are only so many hours in the day.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

One who wants to breeze through their education. If you want to graduate from here, you REALLY have to earn it.

Kayla
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Partying and stellar academics!

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Partying and stellar academics!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think the importance to finding the right college is finding what fits your personality, your work ethic, and your extracurricular interests. If you find a college that includes activities you are interested in, an atmosphere you are comfortable with, and a workload you can handle and succeed with, I think your chances of having a good college experience are high. If I have learned one thing here, it is that college is what you make it. If you work hard and play hard, and accept the fact that this experience is going to be completely different than anything you've ever experienced, you are likely to have an amazing time. If you slack off and keep a closed mind to new things, college will be a little more difficult.

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