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Jennifer
Describe the students at your school.

the best friends i'll ever have

Describe the students at your school.

the best friends i'll ever have

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

our campus is beautiful beyond belief, i love the union and especially sitting at the terrace outside. we have a great nightlife which everyone is jealous of and amazing school spirit. i love going to badger football games both home and away.

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

UW-Madison has a beautiful campus, unique atmosphere and a stong drive for academics, all good things but the small twon feel...

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

UW-Madison has a beautiful campus, unique atmosphere and a stong drive for academics, all good things but the small twon feel can be strange given its size and the school carries more prestige than it has earned.

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

The college system increasingly becomes more a business and less a school incrementally, year by year. Most studies claim that a four-year college degree is required for "success" in the modern, technofetishitic world we inhabit. This is not true; those surveys are largely taken by universities who need more enrollment to grow. Technology is serviced and maintained by technicians, not professors, and entrepenuers who invent and market new ideas or products usually do not have bachelor's degrees. If you truly aspire to a professional career like doctor, lawyer, or teacher then a four-year college is what you need. Be prepared to work to prove your dedication to that goal. Four-year colleges prove a person can work hard, learn in a short amount of time and apply that knowledge. However, if you can fulfill your passions and be happy without a professional career like those above, go to a two-year school or technical college. You can acheive economic and social success without a bachelor's degree. Our world needs intelligent, dedicated people at all levels and niches of society. College can take you there but you first must decide on your dreams.

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

The advanced genetics program going on right now at UW-Madison.

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

Madison is not just a college town. You are right in with the community of Madison so you get to interact with the people wh...

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

Madison is not just a college town. You are right in with the community of Madison so you get to interact with the people who live here and become a part of the city. There are tons of opportunities to do things in other aspects of Madison besides the University. Having the state capitol just a few blocks away makes you realize just how important of a city you are living in.

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

Finding the right college is all about finding somewhere you can see yourself living on your own in and being dependent. It is about walking around the campus for the first time and being able to imagine yourself doing this every day. It is about learning about the opportunities available at the univeristy and deciding whether or not you will be able to succeed in that environment. Many people say that when they arrived at the right college for them, they just knew right away. Discovering the right academic path for you is all about analyzing yourself. Ask yourself: Do I feel comfortable in this environment? Can I see myself succeeding here? Will I be able to take advantage of all the opportunities provided at this university? Choosing the right college is one of the hardest decisions a person can make in their lives, but it can be easy if you reflect back on yourself and imagine what your life will be like at that university. In the end, it's not about the college at all; it's about you and highlighting your abilities.

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

I brag about how pretty the campus truly is. Even in weather with a negative wind chill, I can still love being here and walking around campus.

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

Strive to give every enrolled student the best education, opportunities, friends, and 4 years of their lives.

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

Strive to give every enrolled student the best education, opportunities, friends, and 4 years of their lives.

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

Visit, visit, visit!! Go with what you feel is right... when you step onto that campus, you just know.

What's unique about your campus?

Although it is a very large university, it offers many majors and opportunities for all of its students. The professors are well trained in their field and, provide easy-to-follow lectures while still giving challenging exams and homework assignments through out the semester. The facilities offered are up to date, well kept, and in a decent quantity considering the amount of students. When it comes to sporting events, everyone unites as a school and team and yells, "On Wisconsin!". i feel we are all proud to be a part of our school, and the alumni feel the same way.

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Campus Itself: Very large, but not hard to get around. Frequent bus loops help for classes that are far away. Lots of green...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Campus Itself: Very large, but not hard to get around. Frequent bus loops help for classes that are far away. Lots of green space on Bascom Hill to bum around on in nice weather. Everything is reasonably well marked, so it's not hard to get around. Pedestrian traffic is very heavy, but is manageable after you get used to it. Campus Area: Lots of liquor stores and dive bars, and not much else. There are no 24-hour food places, dance clubs, hangout places, or anything of the like. State Street is nice, but it gets boring after a while. Redeeming quality - absolutely amazing ethnic food of almost every variety. City itself: boring. The campus pretty much is the city. There are no dance clubs or any other venues besides dive bars anywhere near campus (and not much of anything anywhere). Movie theaters/shopping/etc. are available only at the malls out toward the suburbs, which are all an hour bus ride away. If you don't have a car, it's difficult to get anywhere, but it's almost impossible to keep a car... Administration: Horrendous. The bureaucracy is endless and makes everything difficult. Much of the staff in the dean's office/advisers/etc. are underqualified and not very helpful or sympathetic. I had problems with a sexist adviser who told me to take the wrong classes. A friend of mine has left the dean's office crying twice. Any change you want to make academically requires tons of paperwork, and the computer system often has mistakes. The school's website is poorly designed and hard to use. Don't declare your major until you're absolutely sure... Student body: You can probably find a few of any kind of person you could dream up since the school is so big, but the vast majority of the student population is made up of drunks that don't care about school because they're not paying for it. Virtually no activism or organizing outside of polemic political and religious groups. Campus is not nearly as "liberal" as people seem to think. I have been openly criticized for not only my sexuality, but also my hair color. Yes, my hair color. Greek: I'm a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, a co-ed professional chemistry fraternity, and there are several sororities and fraternities active on campus, however, greek life is not really a huge part of UW culture. School Pride: Tons of it! Just watch a Badger football game and you get the picture immediately. Football Saturdays are practically a religious holiday, and most sports are widely followed and supported.

Describe the students at your school.

I generally feel very out of place here. I'm a female, pink-haired, bisexual, hard-partying, hard-studying, honors biochemistry student, so maybe I'm coming from a bit of an odd background... I'm not a big drinker, so there's not a lot to do on weekend nights. Contrary to popular belief, the campus is not very politically active, nor very liberal. A large portion of students are rich east coast "preps" that don't seem to interact much with the rest of the students. There is a large population of foreign students, but a distinct lack of other minorities. The LGBT community has been rather unaccessible from my point of view, but some people seem to be quite happy with it.

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

At the end of the day, the academics are great, but pretty much everything else has sucked completely for me, to put it simply. I feel that I may be more of an exception than a rule, but most of my friends agree with me on my complaints... Take what you will from my description - it's different for everybody.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes, in a way. The definition of party is strictly limited to jostling around in crowded dive bars waiting for overpriced drinks or wandering around house parties with one bathroom for fifty people. People do drink a lot, and the drunks all over town all the time are loud and obnoxious. Game day parties are raucous and largely annoying.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Big drinkers, lots of partying, etc.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Your social life will be great if you like drinking a lot. If you are very academic or otherwise not "normal" or "cool" you will likely have a hard time unless you can seek out people you can relate to. There is almost nothing to do on weekend nights but drinking in dive bars - there are a few more options on weeknights for alternative entertainment.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics are absolutely fantastic in almost every department, particularly in all the sciences. If you want to do science of ANY kind, this is the school for you, and the research options are unparalleled. I participated in university research in my first semester, which is unheard of in most schools. Outside of required classes, most lectures are reasonably small, if not very small, and most professors are actively involved with their students and very accessible. The TAs have been at least good in every class I've had, but they are usually great - they definitely go above and beyond to help you learn. However, it's not a very "academic" campus overall - the vast majority of students are too busy drinking to open a textbook. If you really want to do well, I recommend avoiding the dorms at all costs and living in the quietest place you can find (which is very difficult).

Erin
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Extremely competitive academics, football, drinking, being very politically active and involved in the community, research, a...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Extremely competitive academics, football, drinking, being very politically active and involved in the community, research, and extremely large school spirit

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

College is a time of self-discovery. Everyone comes here and has a completely different experience. It's all about what you make of it- whether you join a club, a sport, student body government, get a job, party, the classes you choose, the people you meet, whether you study hard, whether you don't- everything you do shapes the experience that you have here. And don't worry if you don't have a plan, no one really does. I've changed my major at least 5 times. But it does get tough, there will definitely be days when you wonder why you're here, when the stress throws you over the edge and all you want to do is quit. But you have to remember that you are not alone. It will all be worth it in the end. And only you can make the most of your college experience, even with the ups and downs, it will without a doubt be the best four (maybe five) years of your life.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The person must be strong academically because it is a very difficult school and very competitive. They must also be a liberal person who is both goal-oriented and driven. While the university does a lot to try and make the community smaller, students who go here must be willing to take these oppurtunities and join clubs, sports, or just get involved in some way. There is a lot of independence on a campus this large.

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

One of the down falls is that that campus is large. In winter when it gets very cold and snowy its not pleasant to walk to t...

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

One of the down falls is that that campus is large. In winter when it gets very cold and snowy its not pleasant to walk to the other side of campus.

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

I would tell students to go and tour the campus. Visit on a Friday and then maybe stick around for the weekend, just to get a feel for campus life. In addition, I would encourage the student to talk to currently enrolled students. To make the most of their college experience, they need to make sure to get involved. Campuses offer a variety of activities for students to get out and meet new people. I would advise to make the most of it.

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

I mostly brag and tell them how much fun I have all the time and that I love it here. Basically, it feels like am supposed to be here. The campus is so diverse you can fit right in.

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

Choosing the college to attend for the next several years of your life is a big decision and one that should not be taken lig...

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

Choosing the college to attend for the next several years of your life is a big decision and one that should not be taken lightly. It is best to start the decision process early. It is never too early to start surveying your options. To potential students, don't be afraid of asking for help. Your parents, your peers, your teachers all have opinions and it is not a bad idea to hear them all out; they may know things you can't find in pamphlets or on websites. To parents, essentially, it is your child's decision. Give them enough room to let them discover what they want to pursue and where they want to pursue it on their own with your comforting guiding hand not interfering too much. This time in a teen's life is the first spark of independence that will only ignite further upon admittance to a university. Fitting in will all come with time and isn't something to fret about. Everyone finds their way eventually and neither kids nor parents should be worried how long it takes for the student to find their niche in their college community.

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

I wish I had known more about the options for majors and how to go about finding advisors. The first time I sought out an academic advisor I ran into a lot of dead ends and felt really deserted. I just wish that advisors were more visible to new students.

What's unique about your campus?

I feel like our school provides an oppurtunity for students of all backgrounds and personality types to find a place to fit in. There are so many activities to get involved with that students with a variety of interests are accomodated. No matter your interests, race, gender, or creed, you will find people like you who share your same goals. It is nice to be able to socialize with people like you but also to experience the company of a diverse group of students.

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

Its a huge school, where its easy to get lost, but if you look really hard and in hidden places, you can find amazing people ...

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

Its a huge school, where its easy to get lost, but if you look really hard and in hidden places, you can find amazing people and amazing things to do.

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

Don't stress too much about finding the perfect fit and don't be heartbroken if you do not get into your first choice school. Things have a funny way of working out, even in ways that you don't expect it. Once you get to college, take advantage of all the resources given to you, from libraries to office hours with your TA or professors. Make sure to go to class. Its very basic, but its incredibly hard to catch back up once you've missed a few lectures. Try out a bunch of little things, and in that search, you should find something that you love. There are an excess of clubs and things to do. Meet people. And remember, if it really doesn't feel right, you can always transfer. Take everything a day at a time.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about school is the diversity of interests on campus and the amount of things to participate in.

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