Between receiving your housing assignment to packing up all your belongings for move-in day, it is natural to have plenty of questions. We took questions we’ve received on social media as well as some of our frequently asked questions and gave them to a panel of students to provide a unique perspective to on campus living and UWGB in general.
Meet The Panel
Hometown: Cashton, WI
Major: Theatre-Technical & Design
Hometown: Howards Grove, WI
Hometown: O’Fallon, IL
Major: Business Administration, Communication minor
Hometown: Little Suamico, WI
Hometown: Clintonville, WI
Major: Biology, Health Science emphasis
Hometown: Stevens Point WI
What should I bring to campus?
Cody VonRuden: Fans, a few. It gets hot the first few weeks in the dorms. Also storage units so you can store things.
Katelyn Krajewski: Twin Extra long bedding, storage containers to put things in, lots of fans (it tends to be hot in the residence halls for the first couple of weeks), bathroom supplies (rugs, shelving etc), plenty of command hooks and strips to hang stuff on the walls
Anna Katner: Bring whatever you may need to make you feel at home. Make a list of all of the things you use/need in this last month of summer. Don’t worry! There are stores in Green Bay, if you forget something, it will be all alright.
There’s a lot of stuff you need to bring to campus! Make sure you will have room for all of it in your car!
Connor Ford: When I moved in I brought all of my clothes except a few for at home, school supplies such as notebooks, pens and pencils, laptop, backpack etc., all of my bathroom stuff, and stuff to personalize my room such as posters and pictures. I would for sure bring a fan because the freshman dorms are hot and do not have air conditioning in each room. I would also bring one TV, microwave, and mini-fridge between you and your roommate. Also, some basic cooking utensils such as bowls and silverware in case you want a snack and don’t want to go to the union.
Brandon Hall: Microwave, TV, toaster, cups, silverware, stereo, things to do outside (sports balls, Frisbees, etc.), some type of video game consul, shelves to organize your stuff, household cleaners.
What are some packing tips for when I pack all my things to take to campus?
Kellyn Wieland: Personally, I put everything in my reusable shopping bags, so it was easier to carry things in. I was going to bring them anyway, so it was convenient.
Storage bins are great for move-in!
AK: Tubs and garbage bags will help your move-in process go smoothly! Before you leave home hang the clothes you plan to have in your closet, tie the hangers with rubber bands and place the clothing into a few big garbage bags. This will look something like a dress bag. You won’t have to hang your clothing when you get to your dorm and will not be short on hangers! With your tubs, just organize a different one for each area or category (i.e. bathroom, kitchen, desk, dresser).
CVR: Suitcases hold a lot of stuff if you pack right. A laundry basket can as well. Also bring some reusable grocery bags to pack things. Those will come in handy later when you need to go grocery shopping. You get a discount at Festival per bag you bring in. AND they accept pass points!
CF: 20 gallon storage bins work the best I think because if you go up stairs they are easy to carry.
KK: Make sure you coordinate with your roommate who is going to bring what that way you don’t have doubles of items. Only bring things that you are going to use for sure. Put smaller items that you’re going to use into your storage containers that way you’ll have less to carry.
What advice do you have regarding move-in day.
AK: Move-in day is full of emotions, more often good ones than bad. Take everything one step at a time. Throughout the day remind yourself of the exciting things surrounding you but don’t forget to take deep breathes and a few moments to relax. Lay in your new bed. Get a feel for your desk space. Keep water and snacks with you at all times, extra energy will help you through the day!
CF: There will be RAs to help you move most of your stuff so don’t be too nervous about getting everything into your room. Also, everything will probably end up getting moved around as you get used to living on campus, so don’t be too worried about where everything goes.
CVR: Be early. Let things happen. It’s a whole lot of craziness that day and everyone on campus already is going to help you out in whatever way they can. Don’t forget to breathe and hydrate!
KK: My biggest advice would be to be patient. There’s going to be lots of people going in and out while moving in which can sometimes create frustration. Also, enjoy the day and take time to take it all in. Move-in day is a big day for new freshmen. You only get to do it once!
BH: The earlier you and/or your family get to move-in day, the better. It gets pretty hectic once everyone is moving in all over campus and with all the traffic.
KW: Don’t arrive right away if you can help it. Typically, most people get there at the beginning of the time frame of move-in day, so if you wait a few hours after, it may be less crazy with everyone arriving all at one time.
What is it like living in a Residence Hall?
CF: I think that living in a freshman residence hall was like moving into a new house with a bunch of strangers at first, but if you actually go around and meet most of the people in your building it’s a great time.
Living on campus is a great way to make friends.
AK: Living in a Res Hall in Geebs is a mixture between living in a hotel and an apartment complex. The best part is that you are surrounded by people who are in the same situation as you! Everyone does their own thing but if you ever need anything people are everywhere just outside your door. The buildings are great, however, there isn’t much you can do about walking and getting out of bed noises. If you are a light sleeper bring some earplugs to help you get through the first few weeks.
KK: It’s like living in a small community. Many residents keep their doors open the first couple of weeks that way everybody gets to know each other. The RAs will put on different programs to help residents get to know each other.
CVR: It’s like an apartment, but smaller. Again a great way to get connected with the community of UWGB. It was one of my favorite styles of living!
How can my roommate and I get off to a good start?
Having a roommate is one of the best parts of living on campus!
KW: Definitely talk about your interests, when you study, when you sleep, and certainly make a cleaning schedule. Don’t assume you will figure it out as you go throughout the semester. The roommate agreement form you receive from your RA at the beginning of the year is a great resource for you to use to figure all that stuff out.
CVR: Set ground rules and make sure that you are able to communicate well with each other. Don’t be afraid to be good friends, but also don’t be afraid if you’re not best friends. Sometimes it works out great that you aren’t best friends but you happen to live together really well.
AK: Get off to a good start by being respectful! If you are respectful of your set of rules, each other’s space and belongings everything is sure to go well.
BH: Create casual conversation with your roommate to figure out the type of person they are. Make sure to give them their space and not invade all over the room you two live in.
KK: Get to know each other and set boundaries right away. If you have a concern, be sure to address the issue right away.
CF: Talk about what you have in common, find out everything about them, be friendly, go places together and split up responsibilities as soon as possible.
I’m having trouble getting in contact with my roommate, what should I do?
KK: Try as best as you can to get in contact with him/her. Try using social media to get into contact with your roommate. Leave Facebook messages for him/her introducing yourself that way the person knows who you are and why you are trying to get in contact with them. If there are any concerns be sure you address them either prior to the school year starting or right when the school year starts. Setting that strong foundation right away will help the rest of the school year go smoothly. Make sure when both of you set the boundaries you both agree with what they are.
I don’t have a car. How does this effect living on campus/in Green Bay?
KK: Not having a car on campus doesn’t affect campus living. Campus offers events that are low cost or free to students at night as well as during the weekends. UWGB also offers a variety of different services (ex. Health Service and Tutoring Services) as well. If you do need to go into town, Green Bay Public Transit offers free bus rides to all university students.
CF: Everything you could possibly need is within walking distance. If you need to go grocery shopping, find someone with a car and go as a big group.
Where do I do laundry on campus?
There is a laundry room located in each residence hall.
CVR: There is conveniently a laundry room located in your residence hall. It’s probably on the first floor. Head down there and take a look!
KW: Each residence hall and apartment has a laundry room within the building. It costs $1.25 to wash, and $1.00 to dry, so you want to make sure you have pass points loaded onto your student ID if you plan to do laundry on campus since dining points do not work for laundry.
AK: All residence halls and apartment buildings on campus have laundry machines. Be sure to bring your own detergent. Energy and money can be saved by air drying your clothes. Purchase a small drying rack if you plan to do that!
What is it like adjusting to campus life?
KK: Everything will feel overwhelming at first. It will take some time to adjust. For many freshman it’s their first time living away from home. Don’t be afraid to get involved on campus and get to know your resources on campus. Everybody is friendly on campus and they want you to succeed.
BH: Living on campus and being in college in general, you must learn how to manage your time. You must learn to live on your own without your parents holding your hand. Always stay on top of your classes, because if you fall behind academically it is very tough to achieve the grade you want.
AK: I’m not going to lie, adjusting to campus life was tough for me. I missed my mom’s wisdom and the comfort of my childhood home. Ignoring those thoughts, I started to make friends and find things around campus that I enjoy! These activities and friends helped to make Green Bay my new exciting home. I wouldn’t have wanted to get used to campus life anywhere else.
CF: It’s very different at first, not having parents around to check in with, but over time you’ll learn to become fairly independent. You’ll learn to make everything fit around your class schedule and when to do what. Just remember to budget your time well and don’t think that you have to everything by yourself, friends are good!
CVR: The first couple weeks can be scary. Just be open minded and don’t be afraid to try new things. You can meet some of the greatest people that way.
KW: I was nervous to live on my own and have to fend for myself for food, but it is a great stepping stone to moving out of the house. You gain a lot of independence living on campus, but you have roommates, so you are not totally on your own.
What are some ways I can get involved on campus?
CF: Either attend Orgsmorg and learn about different organizations on campus, or go on the UWGB website and research some. Join an organization, go to workout classes at the Kress, go to sporting events, join study groups, and go to events that the university puts on.
OrgSmorg is a great way to learn about on campus organizations!
KW: Go to the free events with some friends! There are always programs being advertised, from comedians, to bands, to magicians, and much more. Plus a lot of times, you can get free food, especially programs from housing.
BH: A lot of students I know participate in intramural sports which I’ve heard is a fun way to get involved on campus. Become a student manager for one of athletic teams on campus. That looks good on a job resume, and you meet more people on campus by interacting with the members of that team.
CVR: Join an org. Apply for an On-Campus job. Go to OrgSmorg and visit PRO!
AK: There are millions of ways to get involved on campus! The most important part in getting involved is making the effort to. So, get out of your dorm and start your search as soon as possible!
KK: Student organizations are a great way to get involved on campus. UWGB has a variety of different student organizations. You can learn about all of the different student organizations at Orgsmorg on September 16th.
What is your favorite part of living on campus?
CVR: The community feel that is created. It really feels like a place you can call home.
KW: I love how close you are to the academic buildings. I transferred from a 2 year college about 20 minutes from where I lived, and it is so nice not having to go outside and warming your car up and scraping all the ice off. Plus, it saves a lot of money on gas.
BH: My favorite part about living on campus is that I can walk to my classes as oppose to having to wake up earlier to drive. In addition, the access to the Kress Events Center is great since so many activities go on at that facility.
KK: My favorite part is only being a walk away from all the buildings on campus.
AK: The Kress! Nothing beats a good workout surrounded by a great facility and great people.
CF: My favorite part about living on campus is the campus itself. I love the outdoors so the outdoor walking trails, golf course, and the scenery are my favorite. There aren’t many campuses that have deer, turkeys, and geese everywhere.
The panel’s last advice for #uwgb2019
Cody: This is your time to discover who you are. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Do something risky, make a change. EXPLORE! Try something new every day. Ok, maybe every other day! JUST BE YOU!
Brandon: Don’t be afraid to go out and meet new people. You’ll learn that the friends you make in college will most likely last a lifetime as opposed to your high school friends.
- Take advantage of all of the different resources there are on campus-they are there for a reason.
- Don’t be afraid to interact with your professors-remember they’re people too and they want you to succeed.
We can’t wait to welcome you to campus on August 30th!
- Don’t be afraid to get involved. Getting involved is the best way to meet new people.
- Enjoy your time on campus because the next four years are going to fly by!
Connor: Don’t think that college is all about the schooling, make some time for yourself now and then to relax and have fun.
Anna: Get out, have fun, express yourself and take this opportunity to learn about you. Don’t forget to take one step at a time and keep a smile on your face!
Our panel is involved all over campus. If you are looking for more information regarding the following, please ask us or one of the panel members.
Cody: Student Ambassadors, Coffeehouse Barista, Alternate Theatre Org
Kellyn: I work in Residence Life as an Office Assistant, I am a member of SWEA (Student Wisconsin Educators of America), and I go to many of the programs on campus.
Brandon: Member of the Men’s Soccer Team
Katelyn:I’m Bulletin Editor of the UWGB Circle K organization on campus and I’m also a member of Student WEA (Wisconsin Education Association) student organization on campus.
Connor:Was on the cheer team for two years, pre-med club, attending a lot of sporting events, at the Kress almost daily
Anna: Member of the UWGB Cheerleading team, Kress Event Center Fitness Instructor