Stubbed Toes and Introductions

You’re probably sitting at your desk with your legs crossed and your hand on your face wondering, “Who is this lady, and why does she think she knows more than me!?”

I’m here to tell you that I don’t know more than you, or at least I didn’t.

I started my college career as a lowly first-generation college student. Which means my mom and dad didn’t go to college, so they had no idea what this whole “college” thing was about. Don’t get me wrong, they did the best they could. Yet, my experience getting to and through college was a lot like when you wake up to get a glass of water in the middle of the night…but are a little too stubborn to turn the light on.

I don’t know more than anyone. I simply stubbed my toe on enough bedside tables obstacles to figure out what gets you to your goals and what gets you cursing. I’ve failed a class. I’ve hated my roommates. I’ve gained the freshman fifteen twice.

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Somehow I’ve also been on the Dean’s List, loved my roommates, and lost the freshman fifteen each time.

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I just LOVE my job.

My tour guide job at University Housing was one of the biggest things that helped me get on track. Because UW Madison is such a large university, my job requires me to interact with many different offices and departments. Suddenly I was aware of all the resources that can sometimes seems hidden as a new student. Most of them I ended up using myself to get help academically, mentally, and financially.

I also get to interact with all kinds of students everyday: high schoolers just checking things out, transfer students hopeful to get accepted, and students from other countries who have heard about us from far away. Chances are I’ve heard and tried to answer almost every question you -or even your mother- could think to ask. I’ll give you some examples.

  • “Is there anything for freshman to do in Madison besides drink?” Quick answer: duh.
  • “Does it snow all the time in the winter?”
  • “Can I hang a hammock in my dorm room?”
  • “Is it easy to make friends?”
  • “What major will guarantee me a job?”
  • “Do I really have to walk everywhere?”
  • “Why are people in Wisconsin so nice?”

Throughout the years, I’ve built up an arsenal of these responses, and I will be explaining many of them to you eventually.

And I LOVE Madison.

I was born and raised in Madison, dreaming of being a Badger. Now that I am in my last semester of my senior year I hope that sharing about the opportunities and adventures I have had here helps others have the chance to experience the same.

My blog posts will give you a heads up on what I wish I would’ve known before and during my first couple years at UW Madison as well as information about resources I have used/learned about from my job. Perhaps, “What to do when you get homesick,” “How to not rip your pants when climbing into your loft,” or “Which dorm is the best one?”

Stay tuned for those answers, and others ranging from transportation, picking a major, (maybe more importantly) picking a roommate, study spots, advising, everything University Housing (dorms), and making friends.


Please remember that the views expressed on UW Badger Hints are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Wisconsin–Madison or University Housing.

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