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…

“Madison Through my Lens”

I arrived in Madison around 10:30 a.m. on a Monday and headed toward the university. I wanted to reach Bascom Hill first and take a picture with the statue of Abraham Lincoln. That moment is when I would be convinced that I have, indeed, reached Madison (mission accomplished). I find Madison to be a very…

“For You: My ‘Not Everyone’ Crew”

Good morning/afternoon! (Please enjoy my classic orientation picture. Thanks again, Mom.) This post has undoubtedly been the trickiest to write thus far. I’m fully aware that this is only my third blog post ever, but listen, the past two have been a breeze. It’s only tricky in that I didn’t know exactly what to cover. My…

College is (not) that easy: Lessons from a six-year-old

College life is not that easy. (lessons from an almost 6-year-old Erin) As I got into the car, eyes very watery; a headache getting worse; shaking a little and trying to hide it; many thoughts whirling in my head; all I was asking myself were “what ifs.” What if I was not ready for college?…

“A Space to Call ‘Home’ On Campus”

Move in day is quickly approaching, and there is a lot to think about. The transition from home to college will definitely be tough, but something that may help is having a space to call home on campus. That place for many of us will probably be our dorm room, so how do we make…

“College Library & the Room of Requirements”

The best part of SOAR was not the carrot cake or talking about how a picture of a forest made me feel with a Future Badger from Maryland, (You’ll understand when you get there). It was not even getting my Wiscard and breathing a sigh of relief when the picture wasn’t the worst one I’ve…

The First-Week Experience

#FutureBadgers start their first-year experience long before coming to campus. From the arrival of acceptance letters to a jam-packed #UWSOAR session and time spent packing their bags, the first year of college overlaps with the last of high school for UW-Madison students. However, the first week on-campus remains a huge milestone in for new Badgers:…

“The Badger’s Prep”

Abraham Lincoln once said, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend seven hours sharpening my axe”. You don’t have to be an expert on trees and axes to get this quote. It simply emphasizes the importance of preparation in undertaking every act; and in this case, I am going…

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…