Fighting The Freshman 15

When I talked to people about college they all warned me about “the freshman 15” a scary term referring to how easy it is for freshman to gain weight now that they are making their own nutrition choices. I didn’t believe them, but just in case, I packed my fat-jeans in my college stuff and came prepared.

My first semester I had no idea how anyone could gain weight. I realized how much food costs, and was still trying to figure out the hours of the commons and how/when I could find time to eat. I was taking long walks around the arboretum, running around outside, and spending a lot of time exploring the campus.  I had lost far more than the freshman 15 I was supposedly going to gain.

THEN the holidays came. And Valentine’s Day chocolate. And GIRL SCOUT COOKIES. And all the food I had brought back after winter break.  I had figured out how to budget and eat well on campus- and now know more people who plan off-campus dinner trips.  It’s a little too chilly to walk, nobody plays outside late at night when it’s this cold, and I’ve pretty much found my way around.

It was time to walk into the big scary gym. I’m sure by now most of you have heard about, seen, or have been in the amazing Kress Center we have on campus. Only scary to me because it was filled with new shiny machines I had no idea how to use or what they were supposed to do- I had never been to a gym.

When I went to work out for the first time, I was scared and went with someone else who had never been to the gym. We had fun exploring and trying to figure things out. There was also a very helpful staff that were willing to answer questions and my friend finally found the excuse to talk to that cute athletic guy she had been staring at in lecture.

Once I felt more confident in the actual process of going to the gym and using machines I knew wouldn’t kill me, I decided it was time to take some classes. The Kress Center offers tons of free-to-students fitness classes all week long. A group of trained, energetic instructors can help you do everything from yoga, to Zumba (one of my now favorites),  to step aerobics, to cardio kickboxing , and sculpt the perfect “summer beach body abs” as one of my instructors puts it- as well as so many others!

Two weeks ago, I finally felt like the gym queen. Of course, I wasn’t amazing at anything- but I finally had the confidence to go by myself with my radio, follow my little simplistic routine, and then go to the fun free classes. When a friend of mine joined me for the “Ab Attack” class, it was my first experience using an exercise ball (one of those big inflatable balls you have to balance on).  I was stretching my abs and following directions while trying to balance. My friend and I could not stop laughing at the fact that the supposedly pretty simple exercise was so difficult for both of us. Here’s a tip: Don’t laugh, and stretch your abs a certain way…you pull a muscle…a very painful…probably pretty important muscle.

So, although sometimes in pain, I can confidently tell you that I’m eating Thin Mints right now and am not at all worried about the Freshman 15, due to the fabulous Kress Center- again- FREE to all students to fight their weight-gain worries…just try not to laugh during ab class.

What a bummer…

Wednesday marked an historic date in the world of professional golf…Tiger Woods return after 8 months. In case you’re in the dark and know nothing about golf, Tiger Woods underwent surgery last year on his left knee after he won the U.S. Open that keep him off the course until now. For me, this is a big deal because golf is one of my passions and I think that Tiger is the single greatest athlete in any sport playing today.

Thursday marked a depressing date in the week of Mike Schilleman. Tiger Woods failed to make it past the second round of the accenture match play tournament and was defeated 4 & 2 by Tim Clark. I had high hopes for the world’s #1, but I may have set standards that were even too high for Tiger Woods. What I, and most of world, forgets is that Tiger is human too and you can’t except him to win his first tournament start back after not playing for a good chunk of a year. But that’s saying a lot for Tiger Woods though, he’s that good that people think he’s going to win every time he steps foot on the first tee.

So why am I telling this all to you? Well because golf is my favorite sport and it’s partially the reason I came to UWGB in the first place. UWGB has its very own 9-hole golf course called The Shorewood Golf Course that’s very convenient for students. It’s winter right now and there is a few feet of snow covering the entire campus, but when the springtime roles around, it’s quite fun to walk over and play 9 holes after class.

If you are at all interested in golf, like myself, then you will be excited to hear that The Shorewood Golf Course offers student discounts on golf, both on the links and in the pro shop. And if you could care less about golf, there is a small restaurant inside that serves killer food at a cheaper price for students of UWGB. The food really is great and on a nice day, it’s only a short walk away from any of your classes for a lunch break.

So, maybe Tiger will win some majors yet this year, but this Sunday will have to bring another golfer to the winner’s podium. And as far as golfing myself goes, I will be down in Florida in two weeks for Spring Break! I will be back very soon with another post, but until then have a great night and let me know if you have any questions or comments?!

Family Weekend!

Saturday February 21st and Sunday the 22nd brought parents to UWGB for the annual Family Weekend.
Family Weekend is truly a great chance for parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters to come down and spend some quality, fun time with their college student. Especially if they live far away from Green Bay and don’t get much of a chance to visit.

UWGB is a great campus for family to come and visit. Besides being a beautiful campus, it yields many great opportunities to have fun. Family Weekend includes a nice agenda filled with activities on campus as well as off. It gives students a great chance to show off their school and Green Bay to their families.

On campus events included “Mini Sessions” which gave families the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics, such as: stress, spiders, Wisconsin weather, study abroad opportunities, and more. Also families got a chance to cheer on the Women’s Basketball team at the Kress Events Center when they played Loyola on Saturday night. The campus also opened its doors for a great opportunity to watch a cheap movie for a great price in the Christe Theatre, as well as many chances to eat both in the Cloud Commons and the Ecumenical Center.

As far as off campus events go, families got a chance to take a tour of Lambeau Field and the Packer Hall of Fame, which are both 15 minutes from the University. And a little further in De Pere, everyone drove to Comedy City, which is an improv theatre that grantees to put a smile on your face. It’s similar to the popular show on television, “Who’s Line is it Anyways”, and includes a lot of audience participation.

The Family Weekend also let families explore the entire campus, which includes the new Phoenix Bookstore and the Phoenix Club. The special weekend is not all free, though there are some that are. But for the range of events, the prices are not too shabby! So when you are a freshman here at UWGB, you can look forward to “Family Weekend”. You can show your family around town, introduce them to your friends, and have a great time. And who knows, they might not have many opportunities to visit. It’s a long ways away, but time flies…so mark your calendar!

When Katie Met Katie

Over the course of my last semester in high school, I started using more technology in my search for the perfect college.

This year, way more than last, most colleges and universities are using more technology to reach students and discuss what’s important about their institution and why it might be perfect for each prospective student. (Just for example, check GB out using e-mail, AIM, Twitter, Flickr, Delicious, Youtube, Myspace, and Facebook- as well as, of course, this blog).

There is a plethora of information at your finger tips.

More importantly, however, if you look hard enough – you can start to get to the heart of the matter and find specific people. Whether they are current students or future classmates, once you’ve decided, or even while still on the fence, go exploring!

When I came to my first official GB event only days after I had graduated high school there was a girl in my group who stood out to me. She had the same name, similar interests, and then ironically- the same exact major and minor I was planning on taking.

I went home and did my research. From our group activities I knew her name and where she was from.  When I finally found her on Facebook, we started casually chatting. As the days went by the comments got longer and longer and we got to know a lot about each other. The first day on campus she sent me a text message saying “Where should we meet?”

I was excited to have someone I knew right off the bat, and giggled at the fact that technology had already played such a huge part of our friendship. I was nervous that it wouldn’t be the same- or she would somehow be completely different—neither was the case.

Katie and I have been called “inseparable” by some of our professors, and have attended more events together than I can count. Even though we’ve both obviously met more people (many of who I recognized from various “Going to GB” Facebook groups)- we still remain close.

Technology also becomes a large part of your college career- many professors have facebooks and I even have a class this semester that has a facebook information page!

So I encourage you to go on Facebook and join GB groups that interest you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of other students! Become friends with Phlash and get information about the latest sports events. Become a “fan” of UWGB and get more information. Hey, there’s even UWGB flair if you’d like to start showing your Phoenix pride! I’m not really familiar with some of the other programs- but start finding some cool stuff to do on those as well!

Frost Fest!

For me, Friday the 13th was the busiest day of 2009 so far! Last Friday capped off a full weeklong event called Frost Fest at UWGB with a event called UWGB Nites.

The event started on 9 PM and included a magician named Derek Hughes, a game show called Phlash Card, crafts, carnival and video games, a midnight breakfast, an acoustic musician named John Kollmann, and the movie Twillight.

Phlash TV, a student organization that I’m very much involved in, presented the game show, Phlash Card! And part of my duty to make sure the game show went smoothly in every way. Putting all the hard work beside, the night was a blast and we had the whole commons at the edge of their seats. The event started at Midnight, but for me it started at 11 AM.

I got to campus in the morning and didn’t step outside again until 2 in the morning. It was a long day that started in my office editing videos for the event. After editing videos, I started to setup for the show at around 6 PM. Everyone on staff put in a helping hand and we just got everything together in time for a rehearsal. The rehearsal went alright, but we really nailed the real deal at Midnight.

Phlash card is a game show created by the student org, Phlash TV, which combines the game of poker, jeopardy, and the use of physical challenges. The full show was 45 minutes and consisted of 3 physical challenges: ice cream eating contest, scavenger hunt, and a dance off. The two teams that participated in the game show were the student newspaper, The Forth Estate, and the student radio station, WGBX. Each team was great and the crowd really got into it. Many prizes were given away, such as t-shirts, concert tickets, Tundra Lodge Water Park tickets, Gamblers tickets, and much more! After the show and clean up, I didn’t leave the Union until almost 2 AM, but it was totally worth it.

This is just one example of an exciting Friday you would find here on campus. Next month will bring another fun filled UWGB Nites along with new activities. There is always something going on around school, there really is no excuse to say there is no and go home for the weekend. Stuff like UWGB Nites is a great opportunity to meet new people and form friendships while being entertained all night long. Let me know if you have any questions about anything UWGB…Thanks ☺


Are college professors mean? Are they harder on you than in high school? Some of you many assume that as the years go on, they just get tougher. But the truth is, the professors don’t get tougher, it’s the material that does. It’s just natural that the classes are going to get tougher. We are growing as students and college is meant to challenge us and prepare us for the future. Not that the material is too difficult, because it is very manageable if you attend class and put a reasonable effort towards your work.  The professors want you to succeed more than anyone. They may seem tough, but it is just them challenging you.

They often remind students in the beginning of the semester that this is a college class and a lot is to be expected of you. I don’t mean to write this to scare anyone, but it’s good to have an idea of what to expect. I personally find some classes easier than classes that I took in high school, while other tend to be more challenging. Many professors give you options to get a hold of them or meet with them to get one-on-one help and support for class. They want to make sure you have all the knowledge and opportunity to succeed!

They also can be very fun. You get tons of work done every time you meet for class, but most of the professors I had in the past like to mix in some fun exercises and activities. For example, I’m taking a course this semester called “Theories of Communication” where we discuss theories. Our professor could bore us with lectures from a textbook, but he presents the material to us in more creative/ exciting ways. Last Wednesday to show us that every theory is different; he had us draw a map from the University to Lambeau Field. We drew them on the board and discussed how each map was different than the next and the pros and cons of each. It was a fun way to learn the concepts for the class!

So basically, don’t worry about the toughness of the professors or the classes for that matter. You know that the classes are going to be challenging, because it’s college. And the professors are here for you and they are here to make sure that you succeed as students and as young adults. If you fail, they fail. And in saying that, you have to do your part as well. If you try your hardest, attend class every week, and abide by the rules of the University, then you will have no problem what so ever. The professors can be fun and school can be fun. You just have to have a good mind set going in! Let me know if you have any more questions, I will answer them as soon as I can! Thanks

First Week of Classes!

I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things and it only took one short week. It was sort of hard to shake off the rustiness of winter break, but you’d be surprised how fast you can pick up your old routine. Everything is a little new though. Everyone has new classes with new people and your routine has to change a bit. For example, I almost was late to my first class on Monday. As you can see below my first class of the semester was Comm. 445 which is an upper level course called, Human Communication Theory. This particular class is in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall where most Communication classes are held and where I’ve had countless courses in the past. So, I thought I would be able to find this room because of my experiences with Mary Ann Cofrin Hall in the last five semesters here at UWGB, but I could not find room 234 for the life of me. I walked around in circles with only a few minutes left before 12:45. I was worried I would be late, but I ended up finding the room with seconds to spare. This just goes to show that no matter how old you are, it always pays to locate your classrooms well before your first class starts.

My school schedule is not too loaded as you can see below. I have four classes, two in which meet only once a week, and an internship. And after you account for work hours, meetings, and schoolwork, there’s not too much time left for leisure. The real nice part about my schedule is that I don’t have to get up before the crack of noon on any weekday! And I have Fridays off!

Now that the week is over and I can look back on my week, I can reflect upon my first impressions. My night courses seem to be pretty fun actually. They are three-hour classes, but tend to take less than that. Tuesday night I have Radio and the group project requires us to create our own radio station and “compete” against already existing stations in the area. It sounds like a lot of fun! My other night class is on Thursday, which is Communication Law. I don’t know much about Law, but I’m interested in learning more!

Overall I had a pretty fun week. It’s always nice seeing new faces and getting to know new professors. The first week is always syllabus week, so I got plenty of the rules and schedule overviews. Now comes the weekend and my 21st birthday! I was born on January 31st on the Super Bowl, so I will most likely be posting another blog about my B-day in a few days. Let me know if you have any questions about classes or about UWGB in general? Thanks and stay safe!

My Schedule!

Meet The Professor

One of the reasons I love attending UWGB was solidified yesterday in the first day of classes. Although I sat through classes that I can see the potential of being extremely challenging for me, I found that the professors impressed and inspired me.

One in particular, a professor for my new science class, spent ten minutes before a relatively large lecture class, shaking hands of students, asking where everyone was from, and asking a question about it that showed he was actually paying attention to your answer.

He told a few jokes to wake everyone up, and started class promptly with the typical first-day-syllabus review. In his syllabus, as in most, he explains his office hours (which are certain times set aside to visit each professor with questions or problems but all of the professors I’ve run into have also had by-appointment times if their office hours don’t work with yours). In the paragraph about coming to his office he mentions a plethora of snacks and soda if you want to come in and have a casual chat.

Later that day, to my surprise, after finding a seat in the Cloud Commons with some friends, this particular professor came up to our table, remembered both my name, and the name of my friend who had been sitting next to me in his class, and his student from last semester who was sitting at our table, asking about our break and if we had already had other classes.

This is not my first cool-and-caring professor encounter. In fact, I’ve had them with almost all of my professors thus far. Last semester a professor I had even called me to his desk after class. I had been tired and did not raise my hand for any questions in the 80 minute discussion. I was aware of this uncharacteristic behavior, and was concerned that he was going to yell at me for not participating. Instead, he wanted to make sure that everything was going ok and asked if there was anything he could help me with.

(These are just two examples, and I hate leaving every other cool professor out, but that might get boring for you. )

In talking to my high school friends at their respective universities about this first day adventure-and all my experiences here at GB- most of them couldn’t believe such professors existed, let alone that I had one on my first day of classes and have encountered so many in just the first few months here.

I guess that’s just something to consider or look forward to at UWGB…it’s not just the classes; it’s what the professors make of them. And a lot of professors aren’t just stopping at hoping you (an actual person and not just your student ID number) pass their class; they are going to do everything in their power to help you- and most importantly- make it fun along the way.

My First Gamblers Game Ever!

Everyone knows that Green Bay is known for Lambeau Field and the Packers, but what you might not know is there are other sporting events to go to that are just as much fun.

Saturday I attended my very first Green Bay Gamblers game at the Resch Center, which is right across the street from the home of the green and gold. The Gamblers are a hockey team and they are doing quite well this year. I went with a huge group of people from UWGB for a part of Phlash TV’s winter training. It didn’t matter how freezing out it was, we had a great night anyways. Here is my story!

We left at around 6:30 PM and it took forever to get a parking spot. The streets were packed with cars trying to get to the game. While in the jam, we got a phone call from our friend in another car that told us to meet us at this one restaurant because she had a free parking pass for us to use. As we heard the news we just passed the place that she was talking about and we couldn’t turn around because of the traffic. Matt in the back seat then jumped out of the car, ran back to the restaurant, and got the parking pass from the other car. Then the line started to move, it started to move faster than ever before. As we crawled along, we watched Matt running behind us trying to keep up. It was hilarious! After he got back in, we parked the car in Lambeau field and walked towards the Resch Center.

The place was packed! It was family night at the Resch Center, so there was dollar hot dogs and soda. We got to our seats just as the starting line-ups were being announced for what was going to be one heck of a game. I put down 4 or 5 hot dogs that night and was stuffed, but that wasn’t all I ate. During the game, the announcer told the crowd that everyone in the stadium would win free Buffalo Wild Wings if the Gamblers score a goal in the next minute. We counted down and on the last possible second they score and the place goes nuts! We all won free wings and we were pretty pumped. Then the announcer told us that it’s for tonight’s use only. We debated whether or not it was worth leaving the game early for only six wings, but the Gamblers were winning 7-0 in a blowout, so we left with six minutes remaining.

We bared the cold one more time for the long walk back to the cars and headed down the street to Buffalo Wild Wings. We left early, so I thought the place wasn’t going to be too busy…but was I wrong! The place was packed!!! People were lined up all the way out the door and beyond. Some people may have left because of the wait, but we waited 45 minutes for a table to get our free wings. It was worth it because the wings were great; I just wish I could have gotten more than 6 for free. We all left the place more than full, but it was a great way to cap off an already great night.

I had to get up early the next day and was so tired Sunday evening, but it was all worth it. I recommend a Gamblers game to anyone. It is just as fun as a Packer game experience, but much cheaper and tickets are more available. Also recommend highly is Buffalo Wild Wings or B-Duds as we like to call it. Most people know that, but you may come from a part of Wisconsin that isn’t as privileged as Green Bay. If so, then treat yourselves to these fun activities and post any comments with questions for me! Thanks and I have to go because school started today and I gotta hit the books ☺

“I Wish I Was Home…I Wish I Was Back There”

(Since I’m a big musical theater nerd in my spare time…I decided that I could sum up my life and the title for this blog in that quote from the musical THE WIZ.)

At the end of finals week I was more than happy to leave GB. Not the fabulous school, not my friends, but a nice break from academia was welcomed. Even though I would miss some amenities of Green Bay like cable and high-speed internet (which explains the lack of posting, and I apologize)- nothing beats home-cooked meals and old friends.

The holidays were a wonderful opportunity to tell my entire family of all my college adventures in (pretty much) one shot. It was nice to make big meals, not be up writing papers, and to have the keys to my little almost-broken-down car in my hands again!

But after the first week of being in my home- I realized I had a completely new one. Once the novelty of seeing everyone began to wear away, I longed for my other home.

If you would have asked me in September, and admittedly well in to October, I would have never called Green Bay home. It is not where my family is…. Not where my cats sleep at night…. Not where I have my car, or my favorite art hanging in my very own room.

By November and the end of the semester (when I finally figured everything out) I made a home. I didn’t realize it until I wanted to run to my friend- who is now inconveniently hours from my home- instead of 2 minutes…. Or until I got so sincerely bored without talking to the fabulous people I work with or see on a daily basis on campus…. Or even- until the night I went “hmm…what to do?”

But here it is…slapping me in the face. I miss home.

I now define home a little differently. Home is not necessarily where my car, my cat, or my room is. Home is where love is. Where laughter is. Where you know somebody is there for you, whether it be a friend, an adult, or a helpful stranger.

Although nothing can replace being home, here, in Milwaukee…I cannot wait to get back to my other home at UWGB.