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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 ...
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.
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.
The best thing about school is the diversity of interests on campus and the amount of things to participate in.
My classmates are exceptionally diverse, motivated, and most are willing to do what it takes to succeed not only in college, ...
My classmates are exceptionally diverse, motivated, and most are willing to do what it takes to succeed not only in college, but in life in general.
Apply to many schools even if you have your heart set on one. Try and go on a college visit to every school you are considering and make sure you take a tour led by a student or faculty. Talk to students from different colleges and ask questions. If you have a certain major in mind look into the different academic departments of the school to see if they offer classes that fit your needs. Once you get into the school of you choice, make sure you talk to your advisor to pick a class load that is managable for you. Get involved RIGHT AWAY! Have an open mind and give every new person you meet a chance, no matter what demographic they come from. Keep up with reading. Study, Study, Study. And remember to have fun and make the most of your college experience because it will be gone before you know it!
If your into very small class sizes and lots of one on one attention from Professors then you definatly wont suceed here unless you can adjust to different teaching environments. If you dont have a good work ethic and a strong focus it will also be very difficult to succeed. Also someone who is very shy and doesnt allow themselves to open up and make friends can often feel very lost in a school this large. It is very important to broaden your social horizens when attending a large university such as UW Madison.
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Make sure that you get out there and meet new people. College is going to be what you make it. Study hard but have fun while you're doing it. Work Hard but play hard too. Have fun.
The school is quite large with a lot of diversity!
The school is quite large with a lot of diversity!
Going and visiting the colleges and sitting in classes is a great way to get a feel for the classes. Make sure you are on top of what you want to do and be your own advocate!
The best thing is that there are so many people and everyone is friendly.
On the surface they are hard-working with laid-back personalities. Work hard, play hard. However, many of the students are ...
On the surface they are hard-working with laid-back personalities. Work hard, play hard. However, many of the students are afflicted with what I call "sophisticated-hippie syndrome" . They like to use big words to preach about open-mindedness and the right to make your own choices, but if your choices are different from theirs you aren't allowed to make them. For example, if you choose not to binge drink and have casual sex every weekend you are quickly labeled as a stiff who never wants to have fun. Never mind having different political views or faith.
Breath, don't rush into your decisions. Look at a few schools; find out what they have to offer, find out what they lack. Don't be afraid to look outside your comfort zone, don't be in to big a hurry to get away. If you don't know what you want to do, don't panic. If you do know what you want to do, keep an open mind. Find a balance between work and play, you need both. Take one class every semester that you look foreward to, regardless of whether or not it counts towards your major. Don't do anything you'd be ashamed to tell your children you did in your wild youth. Listen to what your parents have to say, even if you don't think you'll take their advice. Don't forget old friends, don't be afraid to make new ones. Live in the dorms your freshman year and leave your door open, it's the best way to meet a variety of people. Be nice to freshmen when you are a senior, you were one once. Help when you can, get help when you need it. Pray every day.
For me, it has been being pegged by the administration by my race. I was automatically enrolled in a program that expected you to fail and had mandetory meetings for freshmen and their advisors. My freshman year my advisor did not even bother looking at my transcript before telling me I should sign up for trigonometry (I had already completed AP Calc in high school). My sophmore year I recieved a new advisor, who put a hold on my records (preventing me from signing-up for classes) because I had failed to meet her for my FRESHMEN meetings! It sucks!
I would say my classmates work hard then play hard, and while some can be irresponsible about it, taking the "play hard" mott...
I would say my classmates work hard then play hard, and while some can be irresponsible about it, taking the "play hard" motto too far, for the most part it makes for a challenging academic life and a fun and relaxing social atmosphere.
My advice when choosing a college would be to consider more than simply the academics. How close is it to home? Are you going to want to go to a college where all of your classes are filled with hundreds of people? How do you feel about teaching assistants? Though, I have to say, I think the most important advice I can give would be to say it's okay to be completely freaked out - that's normal! It may seem like every other freshman has everything all figured out, but they don't. And really, we're in college - we're ALL confused and stressed and a little bit lost, but that's the beauty of college! You can explore and have fun while surrouned by people who are all trying to figure out what they want out of life just like you are. So freak out! Be confused! Explore different subjects and classes! Just don't forget to enjoy the ride, because it will be over before you know it.
What I find frustrating is the overwhelming feeling that your best may not be good enough. There is continuous pressure to maintain a good grade point average, but one "B" can make it drop alarmingly close to a 3.0. In addition, students feel the need to be involved in as many things as possible, volunteer, get a prestigious internship, and all the while stay afloat in schoool work. It's enough to stress out even the most multi-tasking gifted of students.
UW-Madison's size lets me have much more control over social situations. By having so many people around, I'm never stuck wit...
UW-Madison's size lets me have much more control over social situations. By having so many people around, I'm never stuck with one group of friends, but I can make campus as small as I want it. Another thing its size does is give students an incredible range of available courses. There is something like 4000 available undergrad courses, so I'm never really confined to my discipline.
Don't worry about it. Work as hard as you can (or need to) so you can get into the school of your choice, but there's no need to stress . All that really matters in the end is getting an education in a good learning environment -- the specifics of different schools can seem pretty desperate, but you only need to go by general categories. To be honest, there's not much difference between Michigan and Wisconsin: they're both huge public schools in the midwest. Just like there's really not much to seperate Harvard and Yale or Kenyon and Emory. So long as you can achieve a general fit (small, urban, whatever) and attend the appropriate program it really doesn't matter where you go. Education is a consumer brand, but to focus on the brand name is to miss the product itself.
Students who need to be in an environment that watches out for them -- Madison can be very 'sink or swim'. There's plenty of help available for whatever you need, but you have to ask for it. People who really want small lecture sizes should avoid, many underclassmen courses are huge with a minimum of 17 students per discussion group. Lastly anyone who can't deal with long, cold, snowy winters shouldn't even think about it.
They are very heavy drinkers, but also very academically focused to the point where they will give up everything else in thei...
They are very heavy drinkers, but also very academically focused to the point where they will give up everything else in their lives to just focus on school to be able to do well.
Find what you want to do in life before making your choice on the college you want to attend. You wouldn't want to go to a college that doesn't offer what you want out of life.
Madison is a school where i know that i can come out of there with an amazing education and be able to get any job i would want. It's an amazing school.
I would advide students seeking a college experience not to limit themselves to the comfort of going somewhere near to home a...
I would advide students seeking a college experience not to limit themselves to the comfort of going somewhere near to home and or friends. I decided to go out of state for school because of what the school and city had to offer me and my own interests. In doing so I have been stretched in ways I had not foreseen and have become a better and stronger person in the process. My best advice would be to follow your dreams. What makes you excited about life? Follow that passsion and find the best road/school/city that will enable you to spread your wings and really learn and develop your particular skill or passion. The rest will unfold naturally, just be brave enough to take the first step! Lastly, don't let money issues get in the way of going where you want to go for school. Paying out of state tuition hasn't been easy, but I know the things I have learned along the way have been worth every penny. So follow your heart and do what you love, because if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life!
Someone who is interested in growing and stretching their ideals and outlook on the global community. someone who is driven and not afraid of diversity and loves culture. music artsy people for sure.
anyone could attend this school and find a place to fit in. it is so large, diverse and accepting of all types of people.
My school is fun, contains very school-spirited students, who are involved and have a passion to suceed in whatever field tha...
My school is fun, contains very school-spirited students, who are involved and have a passion to suceed in whatever field that they choose.
College visits are helpful but not always necessary if you do enough research. Size and type of school environment matters a lot when it comes to your success. Students need to know what they are looking for when it comes to the type of school they are looking for before they start the application process. Choosing a school is very much like making a new friend. There are places that you can see yourself doing better than others simply because you match up better with your personality. Some schools are more quiet and simple while others are bold and boisterous. It just depends on what fits you best.
The interesting cultural classes that I'm enrolled in, example African Storyteller. The social events hosted at school buildings that feature sororities or fraternaties of minority groups that involve dancing. They tend to be fun and bring minority students together. I came from a majority white community so it was a new and exhilirating experience to attend UW-Madison and have a multi-cultural campus to be involved in, even though they are still the minority at Wisconsin. I enjoy being a part of the different social groups and attending the events. It is very educating.
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