Why are you a UWGB student? Let’s talk…
May 17, 2010
Just like college students, universities think about their identities. What makes UW-Green Bay, well, UW-Green Bay? Why should prospective students choose UWGB over other institutions? Is UW-Green Bay a good fit for anyone and everyone? If not, who benefits most from coming here? What do you tell your friends and family about the UW-Green Bay experience?
When I talk to students about this campus, I hear a wide variety of descriptors. Most everyone knows about the three T’s: tunnels, trees, and toilets. To be sure, there’s nothing better than the tunnels in the dead of winter. Private bathrooms, too, are great (although you never really get to know a person until you spit toothpaste in the sink next to him/her. Trust me. I’ve been there.) And, this campus is certainly a rare beauty; not every university has deer in residence.
What else? Here are a few things I think are just great:
1) Student organizations. We now have about 120 recognized groups on campus, up more than 30 percent in five years. Most UWGB students are members of at least one organization. There’s something for just about everyone. And if you don’t find something you like, it’s easy to start your own group.
2) First-Year Seminars. For fall 2010, these amazing courses include “Science in Film,” “The Leadership Question,” “The Culture of Food,” and “Gods, Ghosts, and Goblins.” First-Seminars provide an opportunity for new students to learn from some of the most dynamic faculty on campus. And, in addition to learning about food or ghosts, students are introduced to study and test-taking skills, time management, and more. It’s a fabulous way to get started at UWGB!
3) Size. UW-Green Bay isn’t too big, and it isn’t too small. It’s relatively easy to get connected here, whether it’s by working with faculty on research, walking to class with your neighbors from the residence halls, making pillows or getting massages at UWGB Nites, joining an intramural team, or sitting down to talk with someone in the commons or coffeehouse.
How about you? How would you describe UW-Green Bay’s identity? Why should students consider coming here?
Tunnels, trees, and toilets, sure. And then there’s the Winter Garden lounge, bags of popcorn in the Garden Cafe, OrgSmorg, cheap movies, the climbing wall, the Shorewood Golf Course, the comfy couches in the AIC/Student Life, games in the Club, a disc golf course, Communiversity Park, Max U. Day, and…