“Where We’re Going”

As I write this, there are about 27 hours left until the Early Action/ Early Decision Common Application deadline. I had a feeling the deadline was coming up because I’ve been oddly reflective for the past few days (maybe my Facebook Memories helped with that a little). My senior year of high school, from October…

“Was All This Worth it?”

That day, I was very scared. I remember having mock interviews with my best friend in high school and shaking as she asked me why I wanted to be a YouAtUW blogger. It was the hardest thing ever. All I knew was that I loved writing and sharing it for the greater good. At around…

“The Honeymoon Stage is Over”

It seems like my days of being a tourist in this country are numbered. I now have to make this country my home (at least for the next four years) and find ways I can embrace all the changes I am facing, and it is clear that the sooner I do that, the better my…

“Pursuing a Better Me”

On this campus, I have grown by having friends that don’t look like me, and on this campus, I have grown by having friends that do look like me. I am African American and from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which feels like a completely different world now compared to Madison. Milwaukee was racially diverse (something that we…

“Face Off”

A pack of players congregates at the opposite end of the ice, each trying furiously to dig the puck out of the corner. “Get it out of there!” says the guy behind me, as if the players can hear him from the student section. Although it’s useless, I echo his sentiment. Finally, a break ––…

“Time for You”

Between classes, studying, and work, the time seems to fly by during the week; and we get in a cycle of simply completing our ‘to do’ lists. I am as big of a fan of lists as the next person, but I also think it’s really important to learn the beauty in stepping away. There…

“Nothing like Chad’s Sixth Floor”

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Rosenberry house is the place for you! On this huge campus, we have our own small communities that make us feel like we belong. Smaller communities allow a deeper understanding of one another and also stronger connections between members of that community. It is not every day that someone…

“Time Flies”

Time flies indeed. It seems like it was yesterday when I was back in my country, writing my first blog and dreaming of how my experience at this school would unfold. I can still smell the aroma of the food my mom was cooking that day. I image many of you would agree that it…

Emi’s Transfer Story

Written by Brianne Huettner “Why would you transfer from Cornell University? That’s a great school,” This was often the response Emi faced when asked where she transferred from. But, don’t be mistaken, this was no mistake in Emi’s eyes; transferring from Cornell was a blessing. Being the hardworking and go-getter person Emi is, being accepted…

“Find What Works for You”

Hey everyone, Our first full month of college is over! Yay! College is a breeze (ha). Thanksgiving break, here we come! I know my last post wasn’t the happiest; and to make up for that, I’d like to focus on my first few college lessons. If you’re anything like me, you entered school not knowing…

“Be Unapologetically Unshaken”

Many know that college is a place to grow and evolve into the person you were destined to be. That idea is beautiful and lovely, but what about the person you have become over the past 18 years? That person has values and beliefs that are not worth giving up just because a new chapter…

“Maybe It’s Just Me”

Last night, a bunch of people came bustling by my door, and one of the girls loudly proclaimed “We should have just asked that girl for directions!” I agree –– Liz Waters is so confusing that I have yet to see any of the buildings connected to mine. The overly nice Midwesterner in me wanted…