“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…

“With Achievement, Comes Fear”

Dear Lovely Readers, I hope that this post finds you well and ready to know more about me as a writer. I have nothing much to mention about myself because I am still under the process of self-discovery. Well, to start with, I am a very proud extrovert; I hardly run out of words to…

Meet Your 2017 Transfer Ambassadors!

Sydney Rosengarten, Transfer Transitions Intern “Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This campus has such a huge breadth of resources available to you, don’t be afraid to take advantage of this at every turn.” Major: Nursing Hometown: Milwaukee, WI Previous Institution: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Fun Fact: My favorite place to eat in Madison is Miko…

Transfer Student Myths: Debunked

When envisioning #FutureBadgers, the image is likely a recent high-school graduate just beginning their transition to college life. Although incoming freshman do make up a large portion of UW-Madison’s incoming students; another very different group adds to this population: #UWTransfers. According to CFYE’s Assistant Director of Transfer Initiatives Tracy Mores, nearly 40% of undergraduate students transfer schools on…

A New Location for #UWSOAR!

Text is courtesy of the UW-Madison Library News and Events website. Thousands of new students make their way to the University of Wisconsin–Madison each summer, preparing for their first semester on campus. What better way to introduce them to the wealth of campus resources than to welcome them to one of the very buildings they will…

“Involvement is Inevitable”

Academics should be your top priority when you arrive at UW-Madison. However, they should not be the only priority. “Being involved is a natural byproduct of being a student on campus. It’s hard to just do academics and do nothing else,” says Mark Kueppers, associate director at UW-Madison’s Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI). Involvement on the…

Get on the List: Exclusive Opportunities for First-Year Students

Entering UW-Madison as a first-year student can make you feel limited in your opportunities. It seems that every class has a prerequisite and every job and internship asks for prior experience. However, being a first-year student also allows you some exclusive perks. Take, for example, the many courses provided specifically for first-year students by the university. These courses not…