How UW-Madison “[Reinvents] the First-Year Experience”

The Center for the First-Year Experience and the University of Wisconsin-Madison strive to understand and improve the first-year experience for all new students. Earlier this year, Inside Higher Ed outlined five ways universities are “reinventing the first year experience.” While the University of Wisconsin-Madison continuously works to improve the first year for new students, we…

UW-Madison Transportation Guide

Moving to a city means many new changes: more people, less open space, and (of course) expensive parking rates. Some students have a hard time leaving their cars at home when they come to college. However, rather than paying for the sky-high prices of cramped parking stalls, take advantage of the cost-effective and accessible options…

“Why UW-Madison?”

Hey there, me again. I hope you all had an enjoyable July! As the start of the fall semester and my SOAR date approach, I’ve been reflecting a bit on why I chose to come to Madison. To me, the reasons are clear; but for many of my neighbors and friends, my choice is apparently…

“Avoiding Alienation After Orientation”

Orientation can be a bliss. Meeting all those shiny potato faces, exchanging awesome ideas on how to end the summer break, finding potential friends; the list goes on. At this moment, almost every freshmen is so eager to know more about UW-Madison, and the energy levels are so high. Positive vibes fill the campus as…

“Let’s Start Reaching!”

Hi all! I am Alexandria Millet (most people know me as Alex). It is very exciting to document my first year at Madison, and I am ready to jump in. UW-Madison is not too far from my home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I attended Brown Deer High School. For the past four years, I put…

Your College UN-Packing List

Trying to balance preparedness with practicality can make for a confusing packing experience before your first year at UW-Madison. It is difficult to know what you will really need until a situation calls for it; and after scouring the Internet for the “ultimate college packing list,” there will likely be no situation you are unprepared for….

“Solving for (Wh)y”

I can’t decide what’s more stressful: applying to college or actually getting there. I’m starting to think that studying for the ACT was better than arguing about the price of bath towels with my mom in the back of a Kohl’s department store. After years of reading Young Adult novels about the summer before the…

Redefining Disability: Who Does McBurney Serve?

#FutureBadgers arrive at UW-Madison with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and needs. While our campus offers a number of identity-based resources, the UW-Madison McBurney Disability Resource Center serves as the main hub for need-based services and accommodations. While some students come to college knowing that they need services (perhaps after receiving accommodations in high…

“I Can’t Wait to be a Badger! Can You?”

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you finally saw that threatening email? “Your admission decision is available at your UW student portal,” read part of the message. When I saw the email, all I could manage to say to the friend sitting next to me was “Allan I think…

On vs. Off-Campus Living For #UWTransfers

While most UW-Madison freshmen spend their first years living in the residence halls, #UWTransfers have a slightly less singular experience. Perhaps after living in a residence hall at their previous institution, they prefer finding off-campus housing; or maybe, they are drawn to the appeal of meeting fellow transfer-students by opting to live in Tripp’s Transfer…

“Senior Year: Nothing Like High School Musical 3”

Hello internet: especially you, Badgers and #FutureBadgers. Welcome! I’m excited to share my next six months with all of you. Let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Maura Scrabis, and I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (that’s right, hockey fans, the home of your back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions). I plan on majoring in…

5 Roommate Tips I Wish I Knew

Moving to college means more than packing your life into suitcases, saying ‘goodbye’ to your loved ones, and joining a live-in community of students. For many first-year students, this transition means sharing close quarters with an almost (if not complete) stranger. It can be difficult to know what to expect, but below are the five…