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University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Kelsey
What's unique about your campus?

The variety of people and interests. There is something here for everyone.

What's unique about your campus?

The variety of people and interests. There is something here for everyone.

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

I don't consider anything very bad about it. If you don't like big schools, don't come here.

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

There is no wrong choice for where to go to school. Choosing where to attend is not permanent; students transfer colleges all the time, so don't put too much pressure on yourself in making this decision. Visit all campuses you are considering, because you need to choose the right atmosphere for yourself. If you love going to big sporting events, big schools are what you should consider. If you are more conservative and don't enjoy large crowds, a smaller, perhaps private school would be a better choice. Don't worry about choosing a school based on whether you party. There will be people who drink at every school, and there will be people who don't drink at every school. Don't let your friends from high school persuade your decision. If you go to the same school as them, chances are you will branch out and not see them very much anway. Consider what is most important to you and where you think you'll be happiest. No college choice is set in stone.

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

Think carefully about what is important to you and seek out ways to get involved with whatever it is you care about; I truely...

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

Think carefully about what is important to you and seek out ways to get involved with whatever it is you care about; I truely believe it will make your college experience exponentially more enjoyable. As far as finding the right college, size is a major factor when considering Madison; many students are intimidated by the large campus, but really the departments are generally pretty centralized and it is managable finding your way around. Most of all though, go with what feels right for you. You'll know when you've found the right campus.

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school tends to draw people from a broad range of talents and abilities. A person who is committed to excellence and holds great pride in the things they accomplish would be an excellant fit for UW-Madison. With such a wide variety of opportunities present on campus, just about anyone can find something they enjoy and can get involved with.

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

It is difficult to find your place in UW-Madison, it is very enthusiastic about sports and academics, and there are a lot of ...

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

It is difficult to find your place in UW-Madison, it is very enthusiastic about sports and academics, and there are a lot of research projects in which to become involved.

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

I suggest choosing a college that has the right programs for you. It is a good idea to have a backup plan in the event that your first choice of school or major do not work out. Take classes that satisfy prerequisites for multiple majors of interest. Take full advantage of financial aid. Do not be afraid to seek help with anything, because chances are that there is someone on campus who specializes in what you need help with. If you want to get involved, do it at the beginning of the year so you know what is going on. Keep partying to a minimum, and do not take more classes than you can handle. If you have a learning or psychological disability, seek accomodations before the semester starts. If you have an anxiety problem, for example, a little extra time on tests can make or break your grade. Don't be a toughie! Get help right away if you need it!

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

There are so many people, it is difficult to get into classes, and some classes are more difficult than the amount of credit received.

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

To large to ever understand the material on a deeper level.

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

To large to ever understand the material on a deeper level.

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

Decide what matters to you more the quaility of education or the location.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who loves big cities and doesn't mind being a number.

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

My parents went here and it is the best school in Wisconsin. Also, it has a good Creative Writing program, which is my major...

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

My parents went here and it is the best school in Wisconsin. Also, it has a good Creative Writing program, which is my major.

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

When choosing a school, it is important to consider what type of school would benefit you personally, rather than which your friends are going to or your parents went to. If you come from a small town and have trouble adjusting to change, it will be best to choose a smaller school because schools such as Madison with quite large campuses tend to be more difficult to make friends at since people live so far apart from each other and especially in the winter, the motivation to see each other is lacking. Also, if you do not learn well without a fair amount of one on one teacher attention, choose a smaller school, since lectures at schools like Madison tend to have lectures with 100-300 people at once. If you do not enjoy drinking, be sure to investigate what types of extra curricular activities the campus offers. Overall, college is not only about educating yourself, but about discovering your adult identity, so it is essential to choose a school that offers not only classes, but also extra-curricular activities that will suite you. A sense of belonging to the campus family leads to comfort and in turn, success.

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

It is difficult to get into the classes you need and you never know if your professors and TAs will be excellent or horrible teachers! Also, there are a lot of cliques on campus and it is very large making it hard to make friends.

Ashley
Describe the students at your school.

This is a big school, so there's a huge variation in the types of people you'll find in your classes. The more your class i...

Describe the students at your school.

This is a big school, so there's a huge variation in the types of people you'll find in your classes. The more your class is related to your major, though, the better the chance you'll have of finding people with similar interests.

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

College is a unique process for each person. Choosing the one that most fits you seems like a daunting task, but it's really just a matter of prioritizing and then testing the waters. Remember that no one university holds the power to transform you into the perfect applicant for your dream job, or give you classic memories. Look at your possible colleges. Weigh their benefits and disadvantages- programs, cost, location, campus climate- and then visit. Get a tour, talk to students and staff, and find the campus's pulse. This is the most important step. Attending the school that looks best on paper will do you no good if you're wishing you could drop out by winter break. Once you're on campus, your experiance can be summed up in these simple words: "You get out what you put in." College is a invigorating blend of learning and adventure that you may never come accross again in your life. But you can't wait around for college to happen TO you. Embrace the experiances your college offers. Don't forget though: "Moderation in all things." If you balance your studies and fun, college will be everything you hope.

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

After having graduated with an undergraduate degree, I feel that I have a very well-rounded idea of the most important things...

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

After having graduated with an undergraduate degree, I feel that I have a very well-rounded idea of the most important things one must look for when choosing a college. There are many important issues that students face that must not be overlooked. Here are my words of advice for students looking to make the most out of their college experience. 1. Is the college you're choosing going to be financially within your reach? Be sure that you're choosing a college because of its merit, not because it is private or "everyone is going there." Student loan debt becomes very real post-graduation, and jobs may be hard to come by. 2. What are your main interests? Choose a school that accommodates the values you most appreciate. While college is about growth, it also is about learning who you really are. If you love people and sports, a large State school is a great fit. If you love small classes and tight-knit communitites, look at smaller schools. 3. Go to class!!! You're paying a lot of money for a degree that will hopefully make you more. Don't waste your time and money in the process.

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

I feel that the worst thing about UW was the student governement. While not an important issue to many people, I was consistently unimpressed with their lack of actions and results on issues that students were very passionate about. Had there been no student government, I feel that most things would have been the same. I expect a student governement to make positive changes for those enrolled, not be happy simply having a role.

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

College at the University of Wisconsin was a great chance to not only get a great, reasonably affordable education, but it also has an enormous amount of opportunities to network and meet new friends while taking part in a number of opportunities and social events. I can say with near 100% certainty that when you dream of a college experience, it is very much like what happens at UW. Great academics, plenty of organizations, fantastic athletics, in a great college atmosphere. On Wisconsin!

Megsan
Describe the students at your school.

Overall, my classmates are very focused on their work when they need to be, and very curious and passionate whether or not th...

Describe the students at your school.

Overall, my classmates are very focused on their work when they need to be, and very curious and passionate whether or not they have massive work loads.

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

Basically, it's difficult. You can never know for sure whether you're making the right decision until you take that first step. But because of that, and in light of my experiences at UW-Madison, you cannot to be scared of making mistakes. As time goes on you realize that everyone makes the same embarrasing mistakes as you will, or perhaps already have, so there is nothing to be afraid of in the first place. Many incoming students expend alot of energy stressing about grades, but it is not the letter that defines you, it's how much you've learned while here - and social experiences are part of that learning experience. The more you relax the more you realize that having fun with your friends, both in and out of class, is where the true learning takes place. No matter where you go or what you do, you will always find shoulders to lean on, some even for life, so don't be afraid of taking that leap of faith, don't put too much emphasis on money, and most importantly, follow your heart - do that and you've already accomplished more than the average college junior.

What's unique about your campus?

The lakeshore dorms are handsdown the best part of campus. The attitude is very laid back, and helps alot to relieve the stress of finals and college life in general. Everyone who lives there is very close and non-judgmental, yet smart enough to hold enthralling philosophical conversations and be very passionate about campus sports.

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

I wish I had more time to look over all of the classes they have to offer. There are so many classes to choose from, and it'...

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

I wish I had more time to look over all of the classes they have to offer. There are so many classes to choose from, and it's hard to decide what you want to take from such a huge list. I also wish I knew about all of the events right away. There is so much going on in this city, it's hard to do everything you want to do and attend school.

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

College is a very important time in anyone's life. Both parents and students need to be involved in this educational experience and it must not be taken too lightly. It is an extremely fun time for students, but it is important to stay focused on schoolwork. In order to maintain on track, students and parents need to work on choosing a major that works for the student so that he or she can graduate on time. It is important for students to get involved in social events in order to make friends on campus. Parents need to be supportive especially when times are tough for the student. College can be the best time of your life if you do well and get involved.

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

What I brag about most about his school is the acedemics and the social atmosphere. There is a lot to do around the campus, and there are so many things to get involved with. It is a really great school, and I've had the best time of my life attending this school. I know that I'm getting a good education here, and I don't have any doubt that I will get a great career from attending University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Frances
What's unique about your campus?

It's large enough that there are tons of opportunities both academically and culturally, but small enough that it's easy to f...

What's unique about your campus?

It's large enough that there are tons of opportunities both academically and culturally, but small enough that it's easy to find the right place for you to feel at home.

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

In searching for the right school, make sure to visit many. It's impossible to tell how well you like a school based on the promotional materials they send you. Once you're at school, be as involved as possible. By making new friends, trying new things and expanding your mind, you'll learn more about yourself and life than you will about your major! Don't forget to study though.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Since it's in a downtown area, there are few grocery stores/department stores/movie theaters on campus.

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