“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…

UW-Madison Transportation Guide

Moving to a city means many new changes: more people, less open space, and (of course) expensive parking rates. Some students have a hard time leaving their cars at home when they come to college. However, rather than paying for the sky-high prices of cramped parking stalls, take advantage of the cost-effective and accessible options…

“Why UW-Madison?”

Hey there, me again. I hope you all had an enjoyable July! As the start of the fall semester and my SOAR date approach, I’ve been reflecting a bit on why I chose to come to Madison. To me, the reasons are clear; but for many of my neighbors and friends, my choice is apparently…

“Avoiding Alienation After Orientation”

Orientation can be a bliss. Meeting all those shiny potato faces, exchanging awesome ideas on how to end the summer break, finding potential friends; the list goes on. At this moment, almost every freshmen is so eager to know more about UW-Madison, and the energy levels are so high. Positive vibes fill the campus as…

“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…

Your College UN-Packing List

Trying to balance preparedness with practicality can make for a confusing packing experience before your first year at UW-Madison. It is difficult to know what you will really need until a situation calls for it; and after scouring the Internet for the “ultimate college packing list,” there will likely be no situation you are unprepared for….

“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…