University of Wisconsin-Platteville Top Questions

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


Lucas, Be yourself. Make friends. Get involved. That stuff you already know. Here's what you don't know: College is hard. You WILL need to study. Talk to your friends and teachers. LEARN how to STUDY. Just because it came easy to you in high school, doesn't mean that it will again in college. Homework comes first. School comes first. Get to know your professors. They will help you a ton. Office hours are great! NEVER take a math class with McDonald! BIG MISTAKE. Now, if you happen to come across a girl that you recognize from a summer camp, do what she says. Join Swing Dance Club. I know you don't like dancing, but she's worth it. Don't worry, you'll learn quick and become quite good at it. You'll even sweep her off of her feet after a while. Take her to a show or two. Ask her out. It really couldn't hurt to try. And finally, have fun. Future Lucas over and out.


If I could go back, I would tell myself that it gets better. For the most part, people don't judge you as much, and believe it or not, it is possible to make new friends. There's also no reason to be scared about anything. Moving out of your mom's house is a big change, but it isn't as bad as you think. You really learn how to be independent and realize how great it is. Also, don't think you're going to find the love of your life your first year here. It happens to some people, but not everyone. I like being single now; it has helped me realize who I am and I'm slowly learning to love myself. Just focus on yourself; it's okay to do. People might think you're crazy, but who cares what they think. Just be yourself and be confindent about it.


Visit a lot of schools. Also make sure you know exactly what you want in a school, whether big, small, whatever. If you do not know what you want to study go to the closest junior college first. It might not be the best but you will save money so you can enjoy the four year school. Start saving now, college is expensive and you are going to want to do a lot. When you go to school, don't be afraid of trying to clubs and organizations. Take your on campus job seriously, you will leave a lot. Make connections with different professional staff on campus. It will come in handy when you are looking for internships and jobs when you graduate.


I would tell myself to not worry so much about where you see yourself being in a couple years after graduating college. College is about finding out your interests and then planning the steps you take in order to get your degree. Being a learning disability student, I would aso tell myself to make sure I get help from the professors I'm going to encounter because sometimes they can be a greater use to your studying than trying to figure it out yourself.


If I could go back and discuss college life with my high school senior self I would be sure to tell her not to be afraid. That friendships come and go, build up and wither away, family life changes, and your education gets more difficult, but that it all makes you stronger. That first awkward moment with you roommate is not so bad, leaving your parents is only hard if you make it to be, and if someone does not like you, you are doing something right, not wrong. You embarassed yourself? Laugh. Stressed? Work through it. You are stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. Take every opportunity you can because in a few years that speaker will not be free, that concert will not be available to you, that training program that could have helped you to develop your professional skills will have slipped through your fingers. Travel, get to know people who are different from you, learn to listen but also learn to speak wisely with a strong, enforced opinion. You will never again have the same opportunities, so take them. Love them. Embrace them. It all will change you, and definitely for the better.


I would tell myself to not spend a dime on non-essentials such as junk food and video games while in High School because I had enough video games to last me a life time and I could survive on the food my Mom bought. I would then tell myself to apply for more scholarships and explain how to use the meal plan and meal points in the most cost effective way possible as to not run out of meals half way through the semester like I did. I would also tell myself to study more in Psychology because I got a "C" and I could have done better. Furthermore I would tell myself to remember to stay focused on school, don't let the little things bring you down, and try to maintain some type of sleep schedule.


I would tell myself to become involved in anything that interests me, form study groups whenever possible, and try to avoid common distractions like computer games and movies and the like. This way, I could be more productive and enjoy my experience a lot more because by becoming involved on campus, the desire to play computer games and watch movies shrinks until it is no longer noticeable because there are so many other better ways to spend my time. I would also warn myself about the possibility of trying to take on too much at a time because it is not worth it to burn out. I would tell myself to prepare for things as far ahead of time as possible because other things always come up and try to distract from what should be done. One of these would be researching companies well before the career fair. I would also tell myself to be open to spending money on little things because there will be plenty of time in the near future to make it all back. Lastly, I would tell myself to work really hard on remembering other peoples' names after getting to know them.


If I could go back to being a high school senior and was to give advice to myself then about college life and transitioning, the advice I would be to take it more serious. What I mean by this is to look at all the colleges I had in mind thoroughly and also my major. The major chosen was engineering; not sure what kind of engineering but now I seem to be doubting if this is the right path for me. I mean engineering was on my top list, just not sure what number on the top list. I have taken engineering classes before in high school and I enjoyed it. Another advice I would have given myself would be that transistioning can be hard and that it will get better. I am saying this because when I left, i cied for two weeks. I missed home that much. Along with that, I wuld also say that to bring things you only need. I actually brought my whole bedroom with me and my room at campus now is packed and I don't even put them into use. One last advice: college is only fun if you make it fun.


Wow do I think about this every single day. I would do so many things different, starting with applying myself and have a decorated academic record, no blow off classes. I wouldn't have worried so much about "the now" and instead done everything humanly possible to better prepare for the future. I wish I took in the fact that college is the time in my life where I can become anything I want and build a career from it, before I actually came to college. A small tip I would tell myself would be that I better getting used to ramen as an everyday dinner, and be prepared to lose a LOT of sleep. I now realize college itself IS a full time job. Managing your time is as important as breathing to stay alive. I would tell my self to PRIORITIZE and equally important, be flexible. College isn't like high school at all, it's time to grow up. It's my life, what I do with it is up to me.


Now that I have experienced being away from home, from the commodity of having my own bedroom; the best advice I would give myself would be to prepare psychologically because it takes a lot of self courage to leave 1,000 miles from home. I would tell myself to save lots of money in order to have some money for any extra expenses during college. Most importantly, I would tell myself to not be afraid and go with all the confidence in the world!


Taylor, I know high school sucks and all you want to do is graduate and never see this place again but try to focus and do the best you can. The higher the GPA you get the more scholarships you will be eligiable for! Not to mention it will help you get the academic scholariship from GRCC that you really needed. Also, try to pay attention in Mrs. Loves class. It will help you out when you end up having her as a professor in the fall. Last but not least, don't fight mom about using the city bus, you will meet some kids on it that will become some of your best friends. Finish strong but have a great time!! Sincerly, me!


Taking time off before you enter college because your not sure of the path that you would like to go down isn't a bad thing. I learned many life lessons that can't be taught in school by taking time off. But if you are going to take time off, make sure that what you are doing is teaching you something. Even moving out on your own, paying bills on time and working at a job teaches you so many things that your peers might not learn for another few years. Even when your not enrolled in school, you can still learn about things that interest you through books or people around you, and once you have found something you are passionate about; run with it. While looking into schools and ways to go about funding your education, learn as much as possible about your subject and get as much experience in that field as you can. It is important to continuously set smaller markers within your goals so they don't overwhelm you and whats more important is that you make sure you reach those smaller markers. Make sure your work is something you love; follow your dreams.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior, there are a few things I would recommend. First and foremost, don't stress out so much over the little things because everything will work out in the end, so just relax. I know you are shy and self-conscious, but be confident, love yourself as you are, and believe in your abilities. You are capable of anything if you put your mind to it and have the support of family and friends, so there is nothing to be nervous or anxious about. Sure, it might be scary, but get involved and don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and meet people because you never what it will lead to. You will regret it if you don't! Finally, have fun and enjoy your first year of college at Platteville!


If I could go back in time, talk to myself as a high school senior, I would grab myself by the shoulders and say "Go straight to college, don't take a year off and delay. Go to UNR, get out of Indiana, don't be afraid to ask for help getting there, while you're there, or after. I know you're prideful and think you can do it all yourself but its ok to ask for help. Spend as much time as you can with Cheyenne because he's not going make it to 19, and for the love of all that is holy don't date Casey, he only messes things up, and when you are in love you act like a complete idiot."


If I had to go back in time and talk to myself I would slap myself in the face! I realize now in college that I am capable of so much more than I have pushed myself to accomplish in the past. I do not like to live with regret but there are some things that I wish I would have worked harder on, especially school. I always seemed to take the easy road and play the system if I could. So I would tell myself that I am better than what I have been doing and that I need to shape up. I would tell myself to work hard, and try to get as many scholarships as I could because someday you do not want to be struggling financially while in college. When you financially struggle in college it makes life so much less enjoyable because your friends will go and do the things you wish you could but you cannot afford it. Work hard, get scholarships and the fun and relaxation will come later!!!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior I would recommend taking different classes and participating in more school activities. I would tell myself to step out of my comfort zone more than I did. By doing these things I think it would have prepared me better for college. It would have been easier to meet new people and made me a more well rounded person in the future.


When I graduated highschool I joined the U.S. Navy, I was in D.E.P training as early as a highschool Junior. I was medically discharged due to a back curavature about two months into training, but I met alot of great people and got an experience that has helped me in the real world. If I could go back to highschool I may have skipped this experience only because it offset my ability to recieve scholarships and through off my then life plan. I really wish I could have stayed in the military, but I would definitly recommend my past self to always focus on the future no matter what the outcome. After my discharge I went to community college, which I always recommend to graduating seniors, and now I am in my senior year of college. I would tell my past self the things I learned from basic, how financial aid is not available to me because of my parents income, and how important, regardless of price that an education is. I feel the past me was smart, I wish I knew the military was going to discharge me, but I never regret any of it.


I've learned that everything isn't just handed to you. You have to earn your success and knowledge. Whatever I have learned or will learn will help me toward my future. I also learned that friends are some of the most important things to have, friends help you through anything and these experiences really let you know which friends are true friends that will last a lifetime. Always get involved, the more you're involved, the more you learn about your campus, the more people you meet, and this teaches you valuable networking skills for the future. I still have a few years to go but I have gained a lifetime's worth of valuable knowledge and experience.


I have met so many different people and learned so much. It made me love science more than I thought I could, and now I want to learn as much as I can about almost every area of science. The people are amazing too. It's different than high school where everyone pretty much grows up in the same place. It's fun to meet people from different states and countries.


The most valuable atribute that i recieved from attending the University of Wisconsin-Plattevelle was exposure to a diversified population. Prior to attending college, I interacted solely with white people. By meeting, interacting and wioorking with others from various background it gave me a good understanding of the bias and steroetypical thinking that exist in this world. By being able to accept and work with other cultures it has opened up my eyes to the injustice that exists within America, and the advatages that are afforded to the white american. I've learned that minorities ARE treated different and have to fight harder to get the jobs that are out there. I've also learned that minorities tend to have the least amount of accessablity to the counseling services they may need. All of these valuable insights have lead me to pursue a master in community counseling so that I can work with those that are underpriviledged due to the race culture or socioecomonic status.


I have so far gotten a great education from the University of Wisconsin system. Every second was challenging but I have learned a lot. I have grown as an individual and realized that I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I also have learned to manage my time around school and work. I realize that school come first above anything. In the past I used to let things deter me from the bigger picture. Now I know that this is the only thing that can change my future. I have learned so much about different cultures, science, history, religion and life.


I would say the most valuable thing I have learned up to this point in college is the simple fact that things won't get done unless you do them. My parents aren't encouraging me to get my work done, and its easy for things to pile up. Procrastinating into the late hours isn't healthy either. Little sleep makes it easy to get sick, and there are plenty of people around campus to get sick from. So I make it my goal to get homework and other projects done as quickly as possible.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that I had worked very hard and that it would pay off that first year of school. I would also tell myself to find a few more extra curricular activities to become involved in, because they help when it comes to qualifying for scholarships. In addition, I would tell myself that you are going to make friends easily and that keeping in touch with the friends who go to different schools will be easy. Also, I would say, "The teachers at your school are preparing you for a new part of your life, listen to them! They know what they are talking about!"


I would tell myself that college would help me build character, responsibility, independence, and experience. College is a new doorway to life that can help you achieve your dreamed career and, at the same time, can experience different point-of-views in life. I can travel to a different country or stay on campus and learn about the many cultures there are. Through the learning of different cultures and ideas, you can build a better character of understanding of certain fields and the world like why and how history and the fine arts play a role in society. You also will learn how to balance your school work, working hours, and social time. There are also many opportunities to explore like other extracurricular activities, which will help sharpen your social skills and knowledge. You will meet so many different kinds of people that might broaden your understanding towards certain people and cultures. College will be the best time of your life. There is no question about that.


If I could go back in time and find myself as a senior in High School, I would talk to myself about how financially stable I should be before I went to college. As of now, I am living in the red with little income and it is not because of the Economy. As of now, I am beginning to take steps to becoming financially stable like getting jobs during school. Even so, if I had really buckled down and worked hard to bring in more money in the past, I would not be worrying how to payoff for school without relying on loans and luck.


College is a place where students grow academically and mentally. In order to be successful in college, a student must know how to balance their school and social lives. While meeting new friends can be very exciting, forgetting about your studies can inable a student to succeed in the class room. At the same time, students need to give themselves time to develop in many other ways that do not involve their academics. During college, students quickly learn how to be independent and take care of themselves. The first, few semesters at college are always the hardest, simply because everyone does not know how to adapt to their new life. As a result, I believe that learning how to adjust to college life and managing my time was the greatest lesson I could have learned as a college student.


The first piece of advice I would have to myself would be to push myself through as many of the AP level classes to earn college credit. I explained before that this would have saved me a lot of time and effort by not having to take as many generals at college. In a bigger picture, it also would have saved me a lot of money by doing this. Even though I saved a descent amount of money while I was in highschool; my father being on unemployment made it hard to pay for my first semester. Not having any medical Insurance has forced me to buy it through the college, which will be an extra amount onto my tuition. All these factors have added to my tuition and made it very difficult to pay for. I now regret not having a job during the school year of my junior and senior year of highschool. I had only worked during the summer, because I played sports during the school year. In conclusion, I would have told myself to save more money during my senior year. This way I could have been prepared for my fathers current unemployment status.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell my self to apply for alot more scholarships. Paying for college is a hard thing; being a full time student and working part time in order to attend. Also, I would tell myself that in my frist year to study, study, study, things dont get easier when you go off to college. High school was a fun time and college will be too, don't be scared, it will be fun! Make the best out of everything you do and do you best , that is all that is ever asked of you! When you get to college do not be afarid to talk to people, make new friends! Things will be hard and tough but you can get throgh it, have faith in your self. In addition, I would tell mysefl to be more involved, there are lots of things to do on campus, you just have to find them!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior Knowing what I know now about college and it's importance in life I would beat it into my head that education is important and necessary not only to make money and have a comfortable life, but to meet people from all walks of life and to "learn" about the real world a bit more easily than joining the Marines like I did at the age of 18. I would tell myself to pat attention and study hard in highschool. I would also tell myself that the harder you work now the easier it will be for you later, in the real world. education is vital if you ever want to "move up" the chain in any buisness. I would end by telling myself that in the real world ,professional sucess is about not only who you know but what you know and where you learned it. Most buisness value education. the more you have the better off you will be.


To pay better attention. Stay focused on my studies. Education first.


When I was a high school senior I had no idea what was ahead of me. If I were able to go back and tell myself advice I would have a book on what excatly I should have done and what I did right. I would tell myself to make sure I'm happy with my decison. Make sure that I look into other colleges and not just make a decison based on sports and whether or not I could play at a certain school. I would tell myself to really start the school year off right. Don't slack in the beginning and make sure that you stay on top of your school work because it college is very different from high school. I would also tell myself to spend more time with my family during the summer before college. It's really hard to make a transition when you regret how much time you spent with them and when you wished you had spent more time. Those are the tidbits of advice I would give myself if I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior.


I would tell myself to stay in college and not let other things get in the way. It is so much harder when you return later in life. It is better to go to college or stay in college when you are younger. The longer you wait the harder it is. Education is very important and should not be put aside.


I would tell myself to be open to opportunities and change. Upon graduating, I thought I had everything planned out. I was going to this university, taking these classes and had the next three and a half years worth of classes figured out. It never occurred to me how somethings can seem so perfect and once in the situation, you realize how its not as perfect or figured out as you once thought. I would tell myself that it is not possible to plan every detail for the next how many years because things are going to be thrown at you that throw it all off track. And the worst that happens once that occurs, is stressing about it and trying to get it back on the right road. I wish I had known that it is okay to not have to know exactly who you are because that is part of the college experience. College is trying new things to see what fits with you and what does not. College is meeting friends and keeping in touch with the ones from home. College is making connections and experiences that are keeping your life on the right tracks.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior, I would tell myself to work more on making friends. During school, I always stayed with the same group of people and never tried to meet anyone new. Now everyone I know is going to different colleges and I don't know anyone else at Platteville. Since I am not used to meeting new people I don't have many friends at college. If I had better social skills I could end up enjoying college even more than I do now.


When I was a senior, I didn't want to go away to school. I was worried about leaving behind my friends who weren't going away and I wanted to start a band and get an apartment with my best friend. If I could talk to my eighteen year old self, I would say "Megan, I know you don't think you're a good student. But college is a new playing field with different rules. No one cares what you wear or who you're friends with." I would tell myself that what you put into classes is what you get out. I graduated high school with a C average. But I was so excited about picking my classes that I ended up graduating college with almost a 4.0. I never had a problem with partying in college. I've always made my own fun; I don't get drawn into trends like partying too much. But I would tell myself that bright people lose control and mess up because of alcohol. Going to college empowered me to feel like I can change the world, and today as I teacher, that's what I'm doing.


I would encourage myself to stay strong in knowin who I am. In college people are always trying to get you to try things that may go against morals and gut instinct. I would also say to study, study, study. Even when I feel I know everthing, you can never study to much. lastly, time management is very important. Not managing time properly can lead to many disasters in college.


It is very important to have excellent time management skills so that you allot enough time to your studies as well as your extracurricular activities. It is not like high school where you have teachers constantly reminding you what is due and when - it will all be your responsibility. And, it is very easy to get distracted with everything that is going on at a college campus to think you will "do it later" because later will never come soon enough. A lot of classes are only graded on a few assigments/tests, so if you screw up on one or two, you can ruin your grade for the whole semester. You will also need to get involved in some of the clubs and sports on campus, otherwise you will quickly become bored with college (especially when you have to live on campus). You will have a lot more "free" time in college than you did in high school, so you need something to keep busy. And, most importantly, make sure you have a big TV screen so you can watch all of the sports on cable. :)


Knowing what I know now about college, I would tell myself a few things. To start off, I would tell myself to take higher level classes in high school because they come in handy later when it comes to credits; every extra credit will help. Also by taking the exta higher level classes in high school, will make things much easier for you going into college especially your freshmen year. With so many new things being introduced into your life, it would help you in the long run, and make you overall a lot more confident going into college instead of being overly intimidated. The next thing I would have told myself would be to put more time into my acedemics. I know I didn't put nearly as much time into my studies as I needed to because I was one of those kids who just wanted to get high school over with. I knew that was not a good choice by all means. By being more into my studies in high school could have helped me establish better study habits as well as more of a drive to learn. Putting more time in would help out a lot.


Learn to not overentend yourself and know your limits. College isn't the same as high school and you can't do everything. School requires more time in college and you need to adjust for that. Extracurriculars are still important, but school comes first.


As a high school senior, take advantage of the days allowed for college visits. Getting a personal feel for a college campus and its atmosphere will greatly influence your decision. Also, listen to the advice your high school teachers give you. They've been through the process and are really trying to help prepare you. As a senior, it's easy to become consumed with the idea of being on top of the world. But remember, you are simply completing one minor step in your staircase of life. Don't procrastinate filling out the million scholarship applications, even if you only receive one acceptance letter, it's 100 percent worth the extra effort to fill out as many as possible. Finally, set goals for YOURSELF. Take the time to sit down and figure out some personal goals. Write down all that interests you and what you could see yourself doing and then write out plans that will get you to that goal. This will help with advising appointments and getting yourself balanced and on track. Granted, things will not always go according to plan, but with the right preparations, you'll easily have a backup that works just as well!


I would tell myself to not come to UW-Platteville. That's why, at semester, I'm transferring to UW-Eau Claire. Platteville just wasn't a good fit for me. It's far from friends, the professors aren't very good, and there's a lot of weird people here. I also didn't expect that every party that's thrown gets busted. It really kills the college atmosphere. I also would say how Platteville is going to screw up in giving credits, lose scholarship thank you's, and no longer have the weightrooms in the dorms, which was huge for me. It's stupid, really, because all the equipment is still in there in the basement. We just can't use it. I also didn't expect so many foreign teachers. I'm not being racist, but one of my professors doesn't understand English well enough to understand what I'm asking. I probably would be going to Madison if I had known all of this. I also would say to look at Eau Claire, because I never heard about the dual degree program before this fall.


there so much that i learned in the last 2 years since high school. i remeber my parents always telling me to try as hard as i can and learn as much as i can because it will colleg easier, now i couldnt agree more with them. if i had to go back i would try 10 time harder in high school and defintly have taken some college credit classes so i could get done with college quicker. money was tight in high school because i was only making minumium wage, but i wish i would have saved some more of it then i did., because then i wouldnt be in such a money tight situation.


To go and spend a day at the college, sit in a class to see if college is really for you. Also to job shadow that way you know certain if the career you're looking into appeals to you after you've spent a day observing it. Lastly to find a college that you can finacially pay off in a fair amount of time and one that is noted worthy of the career you plan on going to.


Go for your goals and don?t hold back. You only get one shot, so give it your all to make it your best and never look back. Think about your choices and make smart decisions, but remember that sometimes instinct is your best decision maker. Use your head, and protect it from the world while making it a better place. Have fun and live life to the fullest. Wake up every morning knowing that yesterday was as good as it could be, today will be its best, and tomorrow even better. Smile to make other do the same. Change the world with small random acts of kindness. You can?t make everyone happy, but it?s nice to try. Live life to the fullest.


Students need to evaulate their academic goals and objectives seriously, and find a school that embodies both their major and these objectives. After this list has been compiled, visits and tours of each of the colleges is necessary. After tours, the students and parents need to discuss the pros and cons of each school, include how the student felt on campus, academic objectives, price, caliber of education received, and anything else that is considered imperetive. Once this list has been compiled, the student should take it, and look it over, eliminate those that are definitely out, and apply to the rest. Upon finding out which institutions have accepted the student, then the student must critically decide which university is best suited to his/her needs and desires.


For parents, I would say allow your children to express themselves. Of course they are going to want to stray from the pack, and to me that is a great thing. You have to guide without being super overbearing. My parents never put me into a box. I was always allowed to choose where I wanted to attend college with their support, and that meant and still means the world to me. For students. don't just apply to the schools you think you can get into. Take a risk, apply to every school you ever wanted to attend. Write essays, be excited and let the universities know how much the want YOU! You have to work hard, but have fun. College really is the best time of your life if you always put your best foot forward. You can party, as long as you work harder. It sounds lame, but you have the rest of your life to screw around if you need to, you don't have the rest of your life to get a great education.


It honestly all depends on what you want to do with your life and who you are. If you crave the prestigious college and want to pay for it then go for it do what makes you happy. If you want a good education believe it or not, a state schools offes it even if you have never heard of that school. I go to a school that few outside of the state of Wisconsin have heard of but I recently was offered an intership with John Deere and they interviewed as many if not more students form Wisconsin Platteville where I go then Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas A&M all top of the line engineering schools. A quality eduacation awaits anybody at almost any school it is just a matter of you applying yourself. You can go to college and party yes but you can also go to college and open yourself up for endless possibilties such as grad school, internships, study abroads, etc. by sacrafising some fun and working hard. Don't be afraid to change majors, join groups, talk to profs college is a opportunity that will be over almost as soon as it started.


When choosing a college, bigger or more well known is not always better. I go to a normal college and I love it and wouldn't change it if I could. The professors are more likely to know me and want to help me here than they would if this was a larger school with lots of students in every class. When you get to the school, make the most of it. Don't worry about what other people think of you. This is your chance to be yourself and find people who are similar to the type of person you want to be instead of people who act the way you might have previously felt like you had to be. This is your chance, make the most of it!


Look for what you want. Your parents may have a word but you are the one getting an education.


Find the college that focuses getting its students involved. Students need a release from the stress the incure from academics and getting involved is a easy and safe way of releasing that stress