Going to college is scary and exciting all in one, and probably the biggest life change you have ever encountered. Although the weeks and maybe even the whole summer leading up to college will leave you with an uneasy stomach as you battle with the fear of the unknown, there are ways to ease this feeling.
What do I mean by stay busy? I don’t mean take 18 credits your first semester so that you can find yourself sitting at College Library 24/7; I mean, stay busy through meeting friends the first few weeks and taking on some of the great opportunities that UW-Madison has to offer.
Ways to Get Busy & Emerge Yourself:
- Get Involved: Not only will this help you find your niche interest, so that you do not rush into a major, but it will also allow you to meet new people. There are many ways to get involved. Get involved by joining clubs, starting research on campus, or getting an on campus job. This could also include getting the UW Guide App to help you navigate events at the beginning of the school year.
- Walk the Halls: The first week after you move-in to your dorm, take advantage of being surrounded by so many other people that are in the same position that you are. Don’t be afraid to walk door-to-door with your roommate in order to get to know and introduce yourself to others in the dorm.
- Food on the Terrace: Nothing beats a late summer night on the Terrace: ask someone you just met (or a group of people) to come to the terrace for dinner and ice cream.