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Ryan
Describe the students at your school.

Wisconsin kids (sconnies) and east coast jews

Describe the students at your school.

Wisconsin kids (sconnies) and east coast jews

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

Go to a local bar college with your child for lunch, sit at the bar and just talk to the bartender and people around you. You will get the most honest opinion of the area, and certain tips about what to see to help you make up your mind.

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

Lack of career placement for east coast students

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

When searching for a college that is right for the prospective student, it is important to look at all the school has to offe...

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

When searching for a college that is right for the prospective student, it is important to look at all the school has to offer and also to look at the surrounding community. Looking up the statistics of schools can give insight to what the classes may be like and if the college is affordable for the degree that will be seeked. Not only are the classes important but the living area also since that will have a massive impact on the student's life and ability to learn/study. If the city is too big or small for the student, then he or she may feel out of place which would in effect be harmful to their studies. Also having access to stores and entertainment can provide the student with necessities and a way to relieve stress. A general rule to go by is that if the student will be happy in their environment then everything else should fall into place.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is strongly motivated, goal oriented and in search for a job after college should definitely research this university.

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

It is a wonderful campus environment that allows you to create your own niche based on your interests and goals.

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

It is a wonderful campus environment that allows you to create your own niche based on your interests and goals.

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

Finding the right college has many factors associated with it. I believe that the quality of education you receive at a college is based primarily on your own desire to learn and educate yourself. The college is only there to provide you with the tools for your future, it cannot force you to learn or to gain experience. I suggest looking for the college that will most closely match your own needs and desires as you perceive them. Do not expect college to fulfill desires for you that you are not willing to work for though.

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

More about what I wanted from my future. All of the choices were available to me and the only thing tht limited me was the fact that I was unsure at first of what i wanted to do in my life.

Kelly
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are enthusiastic about their learning experience at our university.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are enthusiastic about their learning experience at our university.

What's unique about your campus?

The atmosphere is lively and has the warm feel of a small town

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

Make sure you're ready to attend college and give it your all. It's a huge commitment and different from high school (i.e. amount of homework is quite a bit more, you're away from home). There is an emphasis on getting involved in student organizations and the importance of volunteering in the community. And the best thing you can do if you find yourself in a dilemma? Always communicate with your advisor and professors - they're there to help you achieve educational success.

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

No matter where you find yourself currently, or see yourself going in the future, any student has to be comfortable in the un...

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

No matter where you find yourself currently, or see yourself going in the future, any student has to be comfortable in the university environment that they choose to attend. Although it may seem irrational to disregard tuition costs, I would recommend using this criteria only as a last resort when evaluating a potential school choice. If you're able to find somewhere that fuels your passions in life, by all means seize that opportunity, no matter what obstacles you may see somewhere down ther road. Having this type of environment will only enhance a students ability to grow and develop into the profession that they wish to be, in whatever field they desire. Ultimately what it boils down to is finding a school that you know you can wake up every morning and be pumped to start your day whether it's raining, clear skies, or snowed a foot the night before. If you can find some place like this, I assure you you'll enjoy every bit of your college experience. I know I did. ON WISCONSIN!!!

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

I wouldn't say that there is a worst thing, unless you consider having too much fun a bad thing.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who likes to be active both academically and socially. This is DEFINITELY a school that lives by the motto WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER.

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

My school is competitive, but not without a sense of fun and experience because that is what you need to know who and what yo...

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

My school is competitive, but not without a sense of fun and experience because that is what you need to know who and what you want to become.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about UW-Madison, is the opportunities available during the undergraduate years, and onward to a career. On such a large campus, many options are available that can fit each student as close not only to their ideal career, but the sort of lifestyle they have always wanted.

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

The choice of finding THE college cannot be something found in a pamphlet or by the school's statistics. It all comes down to each individual student and the comfort level with which they find themselves on campus. I strongly encourage as many campus visits as possible. If you (the student) get out of the car, look around and feel right away that it is wrong for you, that is good enough. Finding the correct school takes time and consideration, certainly the most important decision thus far in the students life. Emphasis there was on student. The best a parent can do is be supportive, and be a good listener. Forcing a school on your son or daughter will not end well, and can only end in heartbreak. Believe and trust yourself, you are about to start the most amazing transition of your life.

Gillean
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

To limit this question to one idea or one concrete thing is far too difficult. When people think Madison, they think top res...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

To limit this question to one idea or one concrete thing is far too difficult. When people think Madison, they think top research. They think football and parties. They think liberal. They think internationally focused. They think demanding academics. These thoughts are what defines Madison, and yet are only a part of this school as well. It seems impossible for me to limit the thought to one idea.

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

Choosing the right college is one of the biggest decisions you may have had to make so far. Other people may influence the decision, but ultimately, it is your decision, that will impact you in the most direct way. Having recently graduated, I look back on four amazing years of my life. I formed friends I will never forget, passions I never knew existed within me, and the person I am and want to become. In order to fully benefit from your college experience, I would first recommend visiting the college. University of Wisconsin-Madison was my last choice until I went on a college visit and fell in love with the campus, the people, and the opportunities available. Can you see yourself as one of the tour guides, or a student in one of the lectures, or a person studying in the libraries? Invest as much time as possible finding out what kind of options the shcool can provide because if you change your major path, or career aspirations, you will want the tools to form a new path. And finally . . . when picking the college for you, find one aspect of that school that excites you beyond any other.

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

Unfortunately, our school has been in the limelight quite a bit for alcohol related incidents. I feel this negative attention puts people's focus on the party reputation our school has earned rather than all of its various positive attributes such as its rigorous academic curriculum, unlimited club opportunities, and global outlook.

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

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an academically challenging school that requires students to stay on top of their work...

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

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an academically challenging school that requires students to stay on top of their work at all times, but at the same time the school offers many different sports, activities, groups, and clubs to get involved with, and along with the attractive and entertaining city of Madison, it is a great place to live, work, and study.

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

While it's important to find a school that has the major you would like to study, know that this very well could change by the time you are ready to graduate. So choose a school that is in a city or town that you really love (size, location, surroundings, weather), make sure they offer a wide variety of classes if you are unsure of your area of study, and look at the activities and events that the school offers. Study hard, do your homework (on time!), meet with the professors when they give you office hours, go to the writing center to get help on papers, take advantage of the public transportation, but also HAVE FUN! Go to sporting events, enjoy the union, go out to eat, explore the city (farmers market, ethnic restaurants, lakes, parks), don't go home every weekend, join new clubs to meet people, volunteer around the community, become involved! College is a great time to meet some of your best friends, gain a well-rounded education, learn to live on your own, and discover who you are as a person.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

While the professors are very knowledgable and there are a wide variety of classes offered, it is difficult to feel engaged in a class of 300 students. It is also hard to receive individual attention from counselors, professors, and other staff when the student body is so large. In order to get extra help, you really have to search for assistance and be flexible.

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

The advice I would give to prospective students going to college is to really take the time to know the university you are co...

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

The advice I would give to prospective students going to college is to really take the time to know the university you are considering. Not only are academics important, but the social life and comfort level the university provides for that student are key to choosing the right college. Once you have chosen that university that is a perfect fit, make sure that the student gets involved with many different things, whether it's a religious organization, club, or sport. It is important to stay involved, because that is a great way to meet many new people and get the most out of life! Because the student is someone who cares about their grades, make sure that they take time to put a lot of energy into studying as well. It is important to balance a life dedicated both to working hard at school and taking time to relax and enjoy the college experience!

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

The fun that we have! We work hard and play hard, accelerating in mostly everything to do! Madison is a great place for everyone--you fit in here no matter who you are! Everyone at this University loves to have a good time!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Classes are very competitive and the courses are pretty tough.

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

Although my school is considered to be one of the top party schools in the country, it is also very academically focused and ...

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

Although my school is considered to be one of the top party schools in the country, it is also very academically focused and is ranked as the top 12 school in the world for academics.

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

One big factor in deciding what college I would be attending was the distance from home. A big suggestion that I would make to anyone is do evaluate yourself and really think about how you will be able to cope with being away from home. For someone like me, considering that I would be going through a complete culture shock, it was important that I had easy access to my home and my family. Another of my suggestions to the students is to find a healthy balance between focusing on school work and your social life. Some students become competely consumed in the social part of college and it takes a major toll on the academic aspect. On the other hand, some students overwhelm themselves with school work, and the social life becomes in existant. Believe it or not, this can also have a very negative affect on your academics. It's never a good thing to overexert yourself. Last, but definitely not least, college is about broadening your horizons an exploring things in life that you may not have been exposed to before. Keep and open mind, be versatile, and always keep your future plans/goals in mind.

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

I wish I had been accurately warned on how little diversity there is on this campus, because had I been warned, I may have been a bit more prepared for the racial situations that my friends and I have experienced.

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