“Pursuing a Better Me”

On this campus, I have grown by having friends that don’t look like me, and on this campus, I have grown by having friends that do look like me. I am African American and from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which feels like a completely different world now compared to Madison. Milwaukee was racially diverse (something that we…

“Face Off”

A pack of players congregates at the opposite end of the ice, each trying furiously to dig the puck out of the corner. “Get it out of there!” says the guy behind me, as if the players can hear him from the student section. Although it’s useless, I echo his sentiment. Finally, a break ––…

“Time for You”

Between classes, studying, and work, the time seems to fly by during the week; and we get in a cycle of simply completing our ‘to do’ lists. I am as big of a fan of lists as the next person, but I also think it’s really important to learn the beauty in stepping away. There…

“Nothing like Chad’s Sixth Floor”

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Rosenberry house is the place for you! On this huge campus, we have our own small communities that make us feel like we belong. Smaller communities allow a deeper understanding of one another and also stronger connections between members of that community. It is not every day that someone…

“Time Flies”

Time flies indeed. It seems like it was yesterday when I was back in my country, writing my first blog and dreaming of how my experience at this school would unfold. I can still smell the aroma of the food my mom was cooking that day. I image many of you would agree that it…

“Find What Works for You”

Hey everyone, Our first full month of college is over! Yay! College is a breeze (ha). Thanksgiving break, here we come! I know my last post wasn’t the happiest; and to make up for that, I’d like to focus on my first few college lessons. If you’re anything like me, you entered school not knowing…

“Be Unapologetically Unshaken”

Many know that college is a place to grow and evolve into the person you were destined to be. That idea is beautiful and lovely, but what about the person you have become over the past 18 years? That person has values and beliefs that are not worth giving up just because a new chapter…

“Maybe It’s Just Me”

Last night, a bunch of people came bustling by my door, and one of the girls loudly proclaimed “We should have just asked that girl for directions!” I agree –– Liz Waters is so confusing that I have yet to see any of the buildings connected to mine. The overly nice Midwesterner in me wanted…

“Madison Through my Lens”

I arrived in Madison around 10:30 a.m. on a Monday and headed toward the university. I wanted to reach Bascom Hill first and take a picture with the statue of Abraham Lincoln. That moment is when I would be convinced that I have, indeed, reached Madison (mission accomplished). I find Madison to be a very…

“For You: My ‘Not Everyone’ Crew”

Good morning/afternoon! (Please enjoy my classic orientation picture. Thanks again, Mom.) This post has undoubtedly been the trickiest to write thus far. I’m fully aware that this is only my third blog post ever, but listen, the past two have been a breeze. It’s only tricky in that I didn’t know exactly what to cover. My…

College is (not) that easy: Lessons from a six-year-old

College life is not that easy. (lessons from an almost 6-year-old Erin) As I got into the car, eyes very watery; a headache getting worse; shaking a little and trying to hide it; many thoughts whirling in my head; all I was asking myself were “what ifs.” What if I was not ready for college?…

“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…