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| If you plan on attending UW madison, which I highly recommend, possibly the most important factor when it comes to how much you enjoy the university is where you live freshman year. If you drink, take a dorm in the southeast/city portion. Witte and Sellery are where the most drinking goes on. If you don't drink, grab a room in the lake shore dorms. The faculty is great, and the course work is challenging. Sometimes too hard. My friend transferred from UW L and was getting a 3.8, and now he's struggling to keep a 3.0. The work is worth it. Walk out of here with a degree and you will be climbing your way up the corporate ladder in no time. I highly recommend it. Oh and the sports teams rock. |
|Apr 18 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| Madison seems to be a real love it or hate it school, so if you're considering Madison, having the right information is really helpful.|
First, academics. People might be tired of hearing this, but it's 100% true: this is not like high school. Unless you're in tiny classes-- and the majority of introduction level classes have around two to three hundred kids in them-- professors won't know your name. That means have the option to skip lecture, to not do assignments, to not go to discussion and you won't have some adult obnoxiously harping on you. However, that is the quickest way to fail out. At the same time, if you're worried about the rigor, know this: if you go to classes, take notes, study, and start preparing for big assignments and exams a week before, you'll be fine. Madison isn't about how smart you are, but the amount of work that you put into it. That being said, try to avoid English 100, or the Comm Arts 100. Those are the two, that I've heard of, that have a ridiculous amount of busy work that are only annoying. I took CA 100 and was amazed at all the worthless, common sense stuff that was in the textbook. Worst of all, with only 13 kids in a lecture that's taught by the TA, you have to go to every lecture.
Now, for the social aspect. I remember being freaked out about the big campus, the drinking culture, and about which dorm I should be in. First, while the campus seems ridiculously huge at first, it narrows itself down very easily. One day of keeping your nose glued to a map, and you can get the just of the city. Your dorm becomes its own community, as every one of them holds activities for freshmen so they can meet others. You have classes that you may or may not make friends in-- that's up to you. Still feel too big? Then take it in sections: make sure your classes are clumped together in one section of the city. Next semester, keep them clustered, but see if you can pick a different part of town. Get involved, whether its intramural sports or clubs, and you'll be meeting new people to hang out with everywhere. Second, the drinking. I believe the shakedown is about 70% of the University has admitted to drinking-- which means that about 12,000 kids don't drink at all. Whether you're into heavy partying, casual drinking, or staying in and watching movies, remember that there are thousands of kids who feel the same way. You'll find a group that fits you. And finally, the dorms. I lived in Bradley, on Lakeshore, will be living in Smith in Southeast, and have friends in just about every dorm. Here's what I can say about them: no matter which dorm you pick, you will find friends. You will find people who want to do things, who want to explore the city just like you do. The generalization is that Southeast is the party section, where there's always a drunk person, while Lakeshore is for the quiet, socially awkward kids who do not drink. There will always be a party in Witte or Sellery, and it's always loud until at least one, from what I've heard. Lakeshore has just as many people who drinks, but they keep it more manageable-- not so much in the dorm, and not to the extent that Southeast does. All in all, it's really up to you: if you want to meet a ton of people, but never be able to study in your dorm, do Southeast. If you want to have a quieter dorm with a scenic view, though you have to walk a bit for the parties, do Lakeshore. You cannot go wrong picking a dorm.If you come in with the mindset that you want to take the city by storm, you will have no problem getting the grades, meeting people, and connecting with your TAs and professors. I hope you will at least consider Madison!
|Jan 11 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Listen. Every big university you go to is going to have major pros and cons. Look at any other big ten school. You have your snotty kids, generally from the STATE THE SCHOOL IS IN. Obviously you have more Wisconsin kids here than anywhere else. There are also a bunch of out-of-staters, myself included. Yeah, I have doubts about it from time to time. It's not one of the best, obviously, but it's pretty damn good. Honestly, you get what you expected. The biggest lecture I'm in right now has less than 200 kids. I'm in a fifth semester language class with only 9 other students. It depends. Every single one of my professors is very friendly and helpful. Yeah, the kids here are a bit bland.. and they all look the same.. But that's because I'm from Chicago. There are a bunch of Chicago kids here, and frankly, it's not that difficult to befriend Wisconsin kids. They're not all boring. Their music school isn't as big of a deal as I would like it to be, which is why I am looking into different schools, but I'd still stay here. The campus is gorgeous,there are plenty of things to do, etc., etc. Again, a university is what you expect and want it to be, especially a big ten school. So what do you expect? |
|Dec 16 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |