Callie: “Be Awkward, Together”

Did someone say 14-mile backpacking trip? The second I heard about the opportunity to take a trip to Lake of the Clouds with Outdoor UW I was ready, if not itching, to go (not just because of all the mosquito bites I knew I would get). I brought along my love for the outdoors, my…

Finding a Favorite Study Spot for #YouAtUW

Let’s face it, between trips to The Terrace, strolls down State Street, and student organization meetings, you’ll have to carve out some time for the academic portion of your first-year experience. We take academics very seriously at UW-Madison and encourage you to find the study habits (and study location) that best suites you! Because some #FutureBadgers prefer…

Madison: “Anticipation, Anxiety, & Varsity Blues”

My two days at #UWSOAR created a mixture of feelings for me, as I would be beginning the next chapter of my life: college. SOAR brought me the excitement for new opportunities that college would provide, and I was even more excited for my classes. I love school and even enjoy doing homework; the organization…

Introducing: The #YouAtUW App for #WiWelcome!

Looking forward to all of the fun, exciting events awaiting incoming students during #WiWelcome? Don’t miss out! Download the revamped #YouAtUW app now to find event descriptions & maps, engage through social media, and get a full experience of your first weeks on campus. Wisconsin Welcome gives new students opportunities to meet their peers, see their campus,…

Eva: “French or Russian: I Think I’m Getting a Concussion”

Hey Badgers! Did you enjoy orientation? Is reality sinking in yet? SOAR was our first real glimpse into our college lives. Did your table give cheers to our first visit to Madison on official business like mine did? This is the first time we came, as students, to our new home. No longer wide-eyed, prospective…

What We’d Do Differently- Freshmen Year Stories from CFYE Staff

There is a definite misconception when arriving at college that older students were always masters at university life. However, every college student starts as a freshman and has to make a few mistakes before learning to navigate their new life. From missed classes, to awful roommates, it has taken a lot of experience to get to where those…

Ryan: “Learning the Ins and Outs at #UWSOAR”

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Madison: “Supporting Each Other as Badgers”

My name is Madison Kurth, but most people call me Madie. I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will be attending UW-Madison this fall with my twin brother, Andrew. I plan to double-major in biochemistry and microbiology, then attend medical school afterwards. My interests include learning about human physiology and how different diseases affect the body. Along…

Eva: “Things to Do When You’re Homesick”

Hello #FutureBadgers, my name is Eva Cox. I’m from St. Paul, Minnesota, so I’m well prepared for the cold winters Madison will deliver. I plan to study mechanical engineering while exploring other subjects I might want to minor/double major in. I like Zumba, creating Spotify playlists, and using coupons (still looking for one for my…

Barbara: “My Heart- Already a Red W”

Hello, #futurebadgers! My name is Barbara Pereta. I am from Brazil, and my intended major is Chemical Engineering. I believe that everyone desires to enjoy the best time at the best university. Thus, there must be no time and no space for sadness. That is what makes me want to write to you monthly, to…

Ryan: “Putting Things into Perspective”

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Callie: “It’s Time”

Hey y’all! My name is Callie Elonen. I am from Knoxville, Tennessee and am probably the least “country” girl you will ever meet. (I thought I would attempt to be stereotypical and throw “hey y’all” in as some of the first words in my blog. What’s a better first impression?) No, seriously, I think my…