Freshmen: Adulting is Hard, so Take Note

This is it. What you have been waiting for. You are finally on your own, without your parents nagging you to clean your room or be home by 10 pm. But wait, now you are really on your own. Mom isn’t there to cook you dinner and Dad can’t help you fix that one thing that is broken. Fret not, for us freshmen-past are here to give you some tips to help survive and thrive your freshman year at UW Madison.

Bascom Hall on the UW Madison campus in Madison, WI
  1. Keep an extra ream of paper in your dorm or some extra sheets when you go to print. Nothing is worse than getting there after someone used the last of it but you NEED to print something for class tomorrow at 8 am.
  2. Don’t be afraid of the healthier options at the dining hall. Trust me, it seems like a dream to be able to eat pizza and spaghetti for every meal, but once you start feeling sluggish and gross, you will have wished you ate that salad.
  3. While studying and academics are extremely important and the main reason you are here, don’t always miss out of going out with friends. You can study tomorrow, but you can’t get that Saturday game day back.
  4. Farmer’s market. Best place to be on a Sunday morning in the summer and fall. Even if you have no interest in picking up some fresh fruit and veggies, they have amazing food trucks and other nicknacks to pick up.
  5. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call your Mom if you are feeling lonely or need some help with something. Text your siblings to catch up. College is lonely sometimes, but that doesn’t mean you need to go through it alone.

Hopefully these few hacks and tricks help you through your freshman year. On Wisconsin!

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