Angie Holecko is a transfer student who has already seized UW-Madison’s opportunities in her short time here. Before she heads off to study abroad in Norway on a scholarship she earned at UW-Madison, Angie answered a few of our questions about her transfer transition and why she loves Wisconsin.
What drew you to UW-Madison?
I was drawn in by the strong academic programs here! We have a lot of unique things, like the African Studies Program and the School of Human Ecology, both of which interested me. We offer a lot of languages too, and we are ranked in most of the big fields – Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Business. The campus is also beautiful and has a reputation for being one of the best places to go to school. So I decided to go with it and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
How did you feel after your SOAR experience?
SOAR was a really great way to get acclimated to the university, and everyone was very helpful. I definitely felt like many of my questions were answered, but I also felt a great deal of excitement and nervousness! It made the fact that I was coming to Wisconsin feel real. It definitely pumped me up.
How did the Transfer Ambassadors help your transition to campus?
The Transfer Ambassador Program offer a great service to transfer students. They are happy to meet with you whenever you have any questions, are feeling overwhelmed, or if you just want someone to talk to! Usually, they’ll even buy you coffee or ice cream! They also hold helpful events, such as a study day in the library during finals week, which is very helpful because finding a table can be very difficult.
Now that you’re on campus, how have you gotten involved?
I’ve jumped in and gotten involved with several organizations! I have an internship working with the congressman for the Madison area, I’m part of College Democrats, I work at one of the libraries on campus and I found a babysitting job through the UW Student Job Center! I’ve also just received a scholarship through a wonderful organization called the Brittingham Viking Organization to travel abroad in Norway next summer.
What do you wish you had known your first semester here?
Interestingly enough, I found out about the scholarship through a poster on one of the campus message boards, so I would advise anyone coming to school here to definitely take the time to look at those, both in the academic buildings and in your Residence Hall if you choose to live in one! I wish I had known from the beginning that there are so many resources here, not just for first-year students but transfers as well. I have another friend who transferred to a different school this year, and they didn’t have anything like Transfer Ambassadors or the Transfer Transition Program we have here at UW-Madison. The resources are definitely there, and it can help the transition a lot if you take advantage of them! Read the emails, and try things that you haven’t before. You can make your UW experience fantastic. I am so much happier here than I ever was at my old school, and I am confident that transferring was the best decision of my life.