Starting college is a big step in one’s life. It can be stressful, exciting, overwhelming, scary, and just about every emotion in between. Besides leaving home, friends, and family, I know one of my biggest concerns was signing up for classes. Not only was I concerned about the transition from high school to college class, but I didn’t know what school and major within UW-Madison was right for me, how many classes to take, and I didn’t know which classes would be best to take during this transition period. Nonetheless, I was questioning everything. In the midst of the chaos of signing up for classes going into freshman year, a friend told me to enroll in Consumer Science 173: Consuming Happiness. At the time I did not know anything about this class, or how an entire semester could be filled with learning about happiness, but I decided to take her advice and sign up it anyway. But, wow, let me say, it was one of the best decisions I made. The class taught by Dr. Whelan truly opened my eyes to what living a purposeful and happy life looks like. Throughout the semester students are asked to look deeper into their own selves, acknowledge what makes them happy in life, how to reach happiness, and how to overcome stress and anxiety you may feel in your day to day life. With 100+ other students I was able to find joy in entering a lecture hall. This 3-credit class taught this Fall on Mondays and Wednesdays by Dr. Whelan and it is worth taking. To find out more information click here!