Introducing: The #YouAtUW 2016 Contest!

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Welcome, incoming freshmen and transfer students, to the first ever #YouAtUW blogging contest hosted by the UW-Madison Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE)!

If you are a first-year UW-Madison student with a knack for photography, videography, or writing, simply create a short video or written piece (accompanied by a photo) that tells us what you’re looking forward to in your first year at UW-Madison!

Four diverse representatives will be selected to have monthly content published on throughout the Fall 2016 semester. After completing the semester, students will then receive $250 for their work.

The #YouAtUW contest will motivate involvement on campus, encourage first-years to get out of their comfort zone, and create connections between students and with CFYE.

Contest entries are due by midnight on May 23, 2016 to this link. For any questions or concerns, email Darby Hoffman at Thank you & good luck!


  • Only freshmen and first-year transfer students are eligible to enter.
  • No inappropriate content permitted (drinking, drug use, insulting the University or its affiliates, etc.).
  • Work must be original and not previously published, plagiarism will not be tolerated.
  • Video submissions must be no longer than two minutes.
  • Text & photo submissions must be one photo, accompanied by no more than a 500 word document.

Involvement Expectations:

  • Winners will be notified and given their first prompt on June 1.
  • Five posts (one each month, due June through December) must be submitted by their deadlines in order for students to receive their $250 stipend.
  • Posts must respond to assigned prompts distributed by CFYE.
  • These posts should create enthusiasm around first-year life and develop a community surrounding like-experiences as a first-year student.

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