Graduate from college with less debt…do your homework!

Congrats! Those first steps of writing essays, paying application fees and sending transcripts are done. Phew! Now you can sit back, relax and wait for those acceptance packets to start rolling in, right?  Wait, don’t start relaxing yet! We know you are the type of incoming freshmen who wants to graduate with less debt—so listen up. Now is the perfect time to begin growing your understanding of the Financial Aid world.  We are here to guide you through the months between applying to college and receiving Federal Financial Aid to go to college.  So what can you do now to help better understand the “ticket price” of your future education?

Step 1) Do your research! –Know how much it currently costs a student to attend the Universities you’re interested in. Keep in mind amounts for the 2013-14 academic year have not been set. You should be concerned over the four direct costs to attending college. They are:

1.      Tuition and Fees

2.      Housing

3.      Food Plan (board)

4.      Books

See you’re already more financially aware. Baby steps!

Step 2) Now take those totals and use them to help you figure out how much you may need to pay out of pocket. Again, keeping in mind that the cost of attendance you researched is for this academic year and will likely increase. You can calculate an estimated Financial Aid Award using the FAFSA4Caster:

Remember this is not your official application for student aid. You can begin completing your FAFSA, or FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, beginning on January 1, 2013. This application will be your access to Federal and State aid including grants and student loans.

Step 3) Now that you’ve seen an estimated guess regarding the amount you may need to pay out of pocket, let’s talk SCHOLARSHIPS! Almost all scholarship applications are due six to nine months prior to the award year they are for.  Time is of the essence! Let’s get started:

  • Contact your prospective colleges to learn about the institutional scholarships available. Most will be determined by academic criteria (GPA & ACT score). Some may require a separate application form and others may use the admissions application.
  • Set up a meeting with your HS guidance counselor!  Many high schools have generous alumni who have set up scholarship funds.  These are worth your while because most likely only students from the school district are eligible!
  • Check with community businesses and organizations such as credit unions, local grocery stores, or others like your local Red Cross. 
  • Use search engines, like, provided by the U.S. Dept of Labor to search for available outside scholarships.

Back to School Time

Can you feel it? The excitement is building. In one week, the entire freshmen class will be coming to campus to move in to housing and attend FOCUS Orientation. This is my favorite time of year. People are checking out where their classrooms are, getting their books and materials for class, meeting new people and running into old friends. Everything is building to the first day of class.

The first day of class is full of possibilities…just like the students entering college for the first time. How much you put into a class, reading, homework, projects etc…is directly related to how much you get out of it. The experience is richer when you put more energy into it. The same is true of college.

Attending classes and getting good grades is only part of the experience, to fully experience college, you need to get involved, meet new people, and try things you’ve never tried. Internships, research opportunities, jobs; they don’t just fall in your lap, you need to seek them out. Develop relationships with your faculty and staff. You never know when you might need that connection.

Get involved in clubs and organizations that matter to you. Give your energy to making the world a better place in whatever way works for you! Make the most of your college experience. Trust me when I say, it goes quickly. Savor each moment and make it count.

An Opportunity for Human Dev or Psych Major/Minors

What is Psi Chi?

Psi Chi is an organization at UW Green Bay for Psychology and Human Development majors and minors. The mission of Psi Chi is to produce ethical, well-educated, and socially responsible members who are committed to enhancing the science of psychology in their professional and daily lives, for the benefit of society.

How do I join?

Each semester, Psi Chi invites members based on academic merit. To receive an invitation, you must be a Psychology or Human Development major or minor in the top 35% of your class, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Why should I join?

Psi Chi members receive many benefits, including access to scholarship and grants, and opportunities to attend conferences around the U.S. Additionally, Psi Chi serves as a training ground for leadership development, and offers members resources such as career and graduate school websites, and study assistance for the GRE. Psi Chi also bestows members with a sense of community, as well as national recognition for their hard work.

For more information about Psi Chi, contact Erin Ehlers, Vice President, at

My Last Blog?

The last day of classes is days away and my job for Admissions is coming to a close. This may be my last blog, at least for a while, but I will always answer any questions you have about our wonderful University. I won’t be updating this site during the summer, but anyone can send me a comment, question, or message to my email.

You can email me at

This summer I will be moving back to Appleton where I will be interning at 95.9 KISS FM and working part-time at a grocery store. I would rather be out on the golf course everyday, but I have to make some money for the fall semester. I’m not too much looking forward to the grocery store, but my internship should be a lot of fun and give me a lot of experience for my future.

Besides work, I will still have some fun, go golfing, and see some movies cause after all it is summer vacation. You got to have some fun!

I’m also looking forward to my family vacation in early August. It’s a while out still, but it doesn’t hurt to have something to look forward to while you are checking out groceries. I go up to the Minocqua area in Northern Wisconsin with my whole family and stay in my uncle’s cabin by the lake for a week. We go golfing, water skiing, and all the other camp-like activities you can think of…it’s a blast!

This may be your last summer before you come to UWGB. So in that case, maybe I will see you around campus next semester, but for now, have a great summer break! Remember to have some fun and shoot me an email whenever you want. Thanks for reading my blogs all year long, I had fun!

End of the Year is Very Near

When I say end of the year, I mean end of the semester. I just put year cause it rhymes with near…catchy huh?

The end of the school year means different things to everybody. Those who are graduating might think…wow…what now…the real world? And others might think…thank goodness summer is here finally!

Personally I have mixed feelings for the end of school and the start of summer vacation. On one hand, it will be nice to have a break from school. No homework, presentations, projects, or deadlines. I will also be interning at 95.9 KISS FM which will be a blast. But, on the other hand I will miss living on my own and being with all my friends. I also have to work a full time job in the summer, which I’m sure most of you know it’s not a cup of tea either. Especially when the job is not so glamorous.

I can’t help but remember back to Middle School, where summer vacation really lived up to its title. With no job, every day of summer was another day off to relax…at least it was for me. But those days are far-gone and today I’m lucky to have one full day off with nothing at all to do but kick back and relax. But that’s how it works out and everyone knows that as you get older, the workload doesn’t get any lighter.

I should be plenty busy over the summer, but I WILL still find time to have fun. After all what’s summer if you don’t have a little fun? I will try to get out on the golf course at least once a week, hopefully go to a few cinematic adventures, and of course there is my trip up north planned for early August. A full week with no stress and work…that’s sounds good right about now. In all reality, towards the end of June, I’ll be begging to come back to school. I always want what I don’t have it seems! When it’s summer I want to be at school and when I’m at school I can’t wait till summer. Funny how that work out I guess.

But enough about me…I would like to learn about your summer plans before your first semester here at UWGB! Please send messages or post comments on any big plans you have for the summer sun. Thanks for reading this post and now I have to go finish off my semester on a good note. It’s study time!

Shorewood Golf Course

It’s Open! Winter is finally gone (or so it seems) and the Shorewood Golf Course is now open for business. I may have mentioned this UWGB perk in a previous blog entry, but this one will be solely dedicated to the links.

For those who don’t know, Shorewood Golf Course is a 9-hole course located within the bounds of the UWGB campus. Shorewood is only a short walk away from many parts on campus with the longest walk only being about 15 minutes. In fact, some of the resident halls have views over looking the golf course. Most campuses don’t have such a luxury, but UWGB does. If you are an avid golfer or just occasionally like playing for fun there is nothing more convenient than playing a round of nine holes at Shorewood Golf Course. Students are busy people and we don’t have a lot of time on our hands to waste, so convenience is huge. UWGB also has a full disc golf course near Shorewood that is for Student use…that is when the weather is nice!

Money is also a factor for college students; most of us don’t have a whole lot of it. And the money we do have goes to food and stuff just to keep us alive. Some golf courses you can end up paying $20 or more for a round of nine holes, but not at the Shorewood Golf Course. Being a student here makes you eligible for a student discount. That means if you wanted to go play a round right now, it would only cost you 8 bucks. That’s less than a dollar per hole. I think it’s quite a deal…a deal that I took advantage of myself on Friday afternoon. I love golf and I try to get over to the course whenever I get the opportunity to.

Besides the golf, Shorewood is known around campus as a great place to eat. The Shorewood Restaurant inside of the clubhouse welcomes golfers and non-golfers to stop on by and enjoy a quality lunch. The Restaurant turns on their grills to the public Monday April 20th for the first time of the year. They have everything from burgers and fries to sandwiches, soup, and pizza. There entire menu can be found on their website. So when the food at the Union doesn’t crave what you are looking for on any particular day, then consider taking a nice walk outside to the Shorewood Golf Course to grab some lunch.

So, after reading this blog I hope you can tell that UWGB has a nice little bonus waiting for you when you arrive. A full 9-hole golf course complete with pro shop, restaurant, and leagues awaits a new class of freshmen each year, a new group of students who get to enjoy one of the many perks of UWGB. If you are interested in learning more about what the Shorewood Golf Course has to offer, go check out their main website.

Too bad it’s raining out right now as I write this, but if it wasn’t I might just be at Shorewood instead of working! J Please comment, I look forward to your feedback and questions.

Student Employment

You are probably asking yourself if you should be getting a job while you are attending UWGB as a freshman. And the answer that I would give you is…you sure can if you want. Personally, I didn’t have a job during my freshman year because I wanted to focus on my grades and ease into the “new” college life. In other words, I didn’t want to take on too much too fast. I then worked during winter and summer break to make some extra cash for the following semester. If you do decide to get a job, I would recommend a job here on campus. There are many different opportunities and the convenience is unbeatable. Especially if you don’t have a vehicle, you can walk to work just like you walk to class. In fact, as I write this right blog right now, I am at “work” for the Office of Admissions.

It would take a whole paragraph to list out all of the job possibilities on campus, but if you are interested in student employment you can leave a comment below asking for more information. I may be able to point you in the right direction. Also, you can probably find a lot about UWGB job possibilities and opportunities on the campus website. Just do some digging and that may pay off too. The earlier you look into it, the better chance you may have of locking something down for the upcoming semester.

Working on campus does have some perks. Like I said before, they are convenient and student employers are also very flexible with students schedules. They all know we are full time students and they will work with you to find times that work out for everyone.
Another perk that not many people know about is Student Employee Appreciation Week, which just so happens to be this upcoming week…April 13th-17th. Green Bay Student Employment is hosting the fourth annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) competition. Outstanding student workers have the chance to be nominated by their supervisors and receive various awards and recognitions for their hard work. The week also offers a number of events in celebration of student employees. The events include:

– Open Rock Climbing at the Kress Events Center

– Free Ice Cream, Cookies, and Popcorn at various times during the week

– Free Games in the Phoenix Club on Tuesday

– And More!

These events are for student employees only to reward them for all their hard work. So, when you are thinking about getting a job to get some extra cash or help pay for school… then you may want to take a look at what UWGB has to offer. Let me know if you have any questions about job possibilities and I would be happy to write back with some advice.

UWGB Madness

For some sports fans the month of March can’t come fast enough. March means March Madness and the College Basketball Tournament of course. I haven’t followed much of the action this year because I didn’t fill out any fantasy brackets, but it was nice to see the UWGB woman’s team make the tourney and it was fun to watch Terry Evens from the UWGB men’s team in the dunk contest. But for those who don’t follow College B-Ball at all, it’s okay cause this blog isn’t about sports anyways.

My roommate on the other hand is obsessed with College Basketball and filling out those brackets. I call him the Bracket Master. In the spirit of the month, he came up with an idea to incorporate his love of College Basketball with his other love…movies. He told the 3 of us that we should all pool our DVDs together to make a 64 movie super bracket to see what our favorite movie is between the four of us. At first we thought he was a little loopy and probably bored off his mind, but after he constructed the bracket itself…we all got into the same spirit. From here, each of us put in our 16 favorite DVDs and then randomly placed them with different rankings and match-ups.

The bracket was made up of 4 sheets of paper and was tacked to the wall. But I thought it would be nice for you guys to see what the outcome was, so I copied it onto my computer. The format of the bracket is the same as any bracket but without the lines. I hope you all can follow it easily.

***Sorry it’s not so easy to see right now, but I will work on getting it better***

***Visit Facebook for a little clearer image***

So how did we determine the winner of each match-up with 4 people? Well, we didn’t simply have the higher seed win…Ex) The 1 seed did not automatically beat the 16 seed; it was up to a vote. It’s hard to vote on something with 4 people because there is always a chance it will be a tie, but we used a gold coin when this occurred…leaving the entire decision up to chance. As you can see, the movie Departed ended up winning the entire bracket, making it our favorite movie between the four of us and the winner of UWGB Madness. It’s funny because that movie is not any of our single favorite movies, but when we all voted together…that’s how it worked out. I would have loved to see it lose to Back to the Future, but my roommates had the vote and majority ruled.

I hope you enjoyed my story of something fun my roommates and I did in the spirit of March Madness. The fact is, there are many more stories where that came from. When you’re in college and get to live on campus, there are many opportunities to have very spontaneous, random moments and that usually proves for an entertaining night. To conclude, I would like to hear your comments on this bracket. Do most of our votes compare to those that you would have made? Or what movie would you of had winning the whole sha-bang? Thanks!

Spring Break 09

Spring Break came earlier than usual for UWGB students, the second week of March to be exact and I couldn’t have been happier. I myself took full advantage of the week off by taking a road trip to a warmer frontier. I left Wisconsin and my cares behind and took off in a minivan filled with my two roommates Aaron and Dan, alongside a bunch of snacks for an epic trip. Our destination…Florida USA. To be more specific, my friend Aaron’s Aunt and Uncle’s home in Windermere Florida. This wasn’t our first road trip down to the Orlando area, but rather our second trip in a row…a kind of tradition that never fails to entertain and excite. These are our stories! Doon Doon J

Day 1 (Sunday)

Arrival date. After an 11-hour drive from Nashville we arrived at our destination at 5 PM with the sun shinning and temperature a nice 80 degrees. We loaded all of our baggage from our car to the house, exchanged hellos with Aaron’s relatives, and got ready to leave right away to see an Orlando Magic basketball game at Amway Arena. This was my first time to see a professional basketball game, so I was really excited for the game. We arrived at the arena just in time for valet parking and then we took our seats for what was a very exciting match-up. The Magic took on the Utah Jazz that Sunday night and eventually beat them with the help of Dwight Howard. We left the arena pretty late at night and drove it back to our “home” where I played some cribbage with Aaron’s uncle Ross and then called it a night. I won of course!

Day 2 (Monday)

Today was beach day. We put suntan lotion on and left early for Daytona Beach Florida. It was about an hour drive from Orlando and we arrived at the beach sometime just before 11 in the morning. We parked the car (not on the beach) and walked the beach up and down a few times. It’s a huge beach and I think we walked a few miles when it was all said and down. At least the sights and sounds made the walk worth our while. It was the perfect temperature out and the sand was warm on the feet. We ended up eating a very late lunch at 3 PM because we couldn’t find a restaurant to save ourselves, but we did eventually found a nice burger and seafood hut right on the ocean. We sat outside and had to fight away squirrels that would steal French fries off your plate if you weren’t paying attention. Afterwards we checked out a sweet lighthouse across the street and returned to the beach to enjoy the sunset and some ice cream.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

Golf day number 1! My roommates and myself are all big golf fans, both playing it and watching it on television. I am actually watching golf while I am writing this blog right now. We got up early again and drove down the road, only a few miles away from where we stayed, to play 18 holes of golf. The weather was again perfect and we had ourselves a beautiful day of golf. As some of you may not no how long it takes to play 18 holes, we finished our play in just over 4 hours and that was with golf carts. It is along day of fun, but when the round is over it is sure nice to get something to eat and relax for a bit. And that is just what we did; we went back to our home for the week and kicked back for an hour. In the afternoon, we got a chance to go down to the lake and ride sea-doos for a few hours, which was freaking awesome. It was my first time on one of those and it was great cruising around an empty lake at 60 mph!

Day 4 (Wednesday)

A day at Disney World. Wednesday was my favorite day of my spring break and it was the day that we went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We left extra early that morning and arrived with the huge crowd (Disney World is always so busy) at around 9 AM. This was my first time at this park, so I was amazed at how authentic the park looked. There were animals, trees, and plant life everywhere just like you were walking through a jungle. Our first ride was called Dinosaur, which was a tipsy turvy ride through a time when dinosaurs ruled the planet. We also stood in line for over an hour to ride the safari, but it was well worth the wait. It was over a 5-minute ride and we got to see animals such as giraffes, rhinos, and lions. Afterwards we stood in line again for over an hour, but this time it was to ride the brand new rollercoaster, Expedition Everest. The roller coaster was amazing, there was even a time when it went backwards threw the mountain. On our way out we stopped at the Rainforest Café to eat dinner. The restaurant was just as authentic as the park itself, fully decked out with animals and the whole jungle atmosphere. The food was great and it was a great way to cap off another great day in Florida.

We were there one more day on Thursday and we pretty much did exactly what we did on Tuesday. We golfed again in the morning, this time at a different course, and then we relaxed and went sea-dooing in the afternoon. We then spent our last night in Florida making homemade delicious pizzas and playing poker. It was a very relaxing and fun night before we had to get up super early at 6 AM in the next morning for our departure. The trip home is never as much fun as the trip down, but we ended up watching the movie Knowing in theatres in Indiana on our stop on Friday night. All and all it was a fantastic trip and I wouldn’t trade anything or do anything different. I suggest to anyone to go on a big road trip when you have the opportunity to do so, and spring break is a great chance for that. You will meet new people and experience things that you never thought you would before. Let me know if you have any questions about my trip or about UWGB. I will be doing my next blog about things going on around UWGB so watch out for that,…Thanks!

A little bit of everything

This weekend was a lot of fun! Friday afternoon I took a road trip down to Madison with 9 of my friends for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Awards. The WBA Awards give acknowledgement to University excellence in television and radio. Since I am the Station Manager for Phlash TV, UWGB’s very own student-run television station, I was very excited to see if we won any awards. And Awards we won! Phlash TV took home five awards, including 2nd place in one of the most prestigious categories, Newscast. UWGB’s radio station, WGBX, also attended the awards and received three awards for various categories. The event also has many student seminars that we got the chance to attend and learn from. It was a lot of good information pertaining to television and radio for our career and future as broadcasters. We got to stay in the Madison Marriot Hotel free of charge and we ate dinner at a restaurant called Cheeseburger Paradise. And yes, they did play the Cheeseburger in Paradise song by Jimmy Buffet while we were eating!

It was a great weekend, but sadly it went by so quick and now it’s Monday, the worst day of the week. This week is even extra rough because it’s Midterm Week! It’s a very important week for grades and I will probably find myself studying every night for hours. I don’t think my exams will be extremely hard, but that’s if I study up and prepare myself. If I went into an exam blind, I don’t think I would do so hot and I’d be kicking myself afterwards. And next week if Spring Break! I don’t want to be down in Florida thinking about how I wish I had studied more. I want to be down in Florida knowing that I aced my exams and the rest of the semester will be easy sailing. That brings me to my next little bit of everything, my spring break plans.

Spring Break starts this Saturday for UWGB, but Friday for me since I don’t have classes that day. Gotta love those three-day weekends! I plan to go on a road trip down to Florida with my roommates, Aaron and Dan, on route to sunny Florida. It will be nice to have a change from this cold snowy climate down to some sunshine and heat. We will be leaving this Saturday morning and driving down to Nashville where we plan to stay overnight. I have never stayed in Nashville, so I m looking forwards to all the sights and sounds. We then are leaving super early on Sunday morning to go straight to Orlando Florida to see an Orlando Magic basketball game. I have never been to one before so this should be a great treat. We have days planned with golf, Disney World, and Daytona Beach which is really making me wish it was the weekend right now. But in all honesty the time will go fast enough, so I have to enjoy I as it comes and have something in the near future to look forward to!

Wish me luck on my Midterm exams, I hope I don’t need them too much, but it can’t hurt. I m going to go study now, but if you have any questions about this blog or anything about UWGB please let me know! ☺