“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 so much of myself into that school, and it will always be a part of me. Having the opportunity to make the same and greater connections at the university is a great blessing. I plan to major in journalism, because I believe in the truth and its power. At my core, I am a person that values both faith and justice. My days consist of writing, reading, and growing in my Christian beliefs. My other hobbies include skiing and watching killer basketball games. Another thing about me is that I love to hear and be a part of good stories. That is what brought me here— the power of a good story. I want to share memorable moments, as we all take on UW- Madison.

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The opportunity to attend UW is an opportunity to reach even greater heights than in high school.

Although my high school was small, it triumphed in its diversity. My high school years were all that I expected and more. I made amazing memories with teachers and friends, so leaving it all behind was a bittersweet moment. It felt like a film reel going through my mind, as I walked through those halls the last time. Every memory: the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly culminated into a movie in my head. My soundtrack of choice for this movie would be “Graduation” by Vitamin C. If you were not sad about leaving high school, that song will definitely put you in such a mood.

Additionally, on top of all the sadness of leaving high school, there is the fear of leaving home and my family for the first time. I have already made arrangements to visit home in the fall; because after 18 years in a place, I find it hard to believe I will not miss it. I will try my best to stay on campus, but I am not about to completely cut ties with a place that made me who I am today. I believe that to encompass all that the future holds, we must remember where we came from. High school was a big chapter in our lives, and it deserves proper reverence.

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Keep trying your best to be happy in carefree in this process. Every moment in this transition should exude joy.

While we experience every emotion imaginable, I am glad that I am a believer in Scripture. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) I have hope that attending UW-Madison will be a chance to grow in greater magnitudes than we did in the past four years. As high school ended, there was a sense of one door closing and another opening. The opening up of this new door is exciting because of all of its unknowns.The future is promising, as we embark on this college adventure. It can be overwhelming at times to be thrown into a big pond as little fish, but it is really just a opportunity to grow.  The anxieties of a new beginning subside, once I realize all that I ever dream of is in arm’s reach; so let’s start reaching!

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