Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison


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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 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...

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 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 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'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 i...

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.

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 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.

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.

Amy
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are exceptionally diverse, motivated, and most are willing to do what it takes to succeed not only in college, ...

Describe the students at your school.

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.

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

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!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

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.

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

The school is quite large with a lot of diversity!

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

The school is quite large with a lot of diversity!

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

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!

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing is that there are so many people and everyone is friendly.

Kim
Describe the students at your school.

On the surface they are hard-working with laid-back personalities. Work hard, play hard. However, many of the students are ...

Describe the students at your school.

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.

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

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.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

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!

Meg
Describe the students at your school.

I would say my classmates work hard then play hard, and while some can be irresponsible about it, taking the "play hard" mott...

Describe the students at your school.

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.

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

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's the most frustrating thing about your school?

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.

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

UW-Madison's size lets me have much more control over social situations. By having so many people around, I'm never stuck wit...

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

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.

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

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.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

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.

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