These are my favorite days of the year! All the freshman and their parents are coming to campus over the next weeks to sign up for classes and learn about all the resources available to them when they start school in the fall.
The neat part about what we call FOCUS: R&R (which means First year Opportunties and Connections for UW-Green Bay Students: Registration and Resources) is that the students get separated from the parents and they get to know other new students to UWGB. The Parents all stay together and get to learn how to be a great UWGB parents.
The energy is high around campus and people are having fun getting to know their new home away from home. When students leave R&R they have a class schedule, student ID and the confidence to know they are going to have a great time learning and growing personally for the next few years.
As an Admissions Adviser, R&R is one of the best days of the whole year because we see all the people we’ve talked to, toured, read about, and admitted. I’m including some pictures from the last few days…enjoy!
Yesterday, I registered for my fall 2010 classes. This is a particularly stressful time for any student you ask, so I’ve decided to keep a journal of my activities so you get a true sense of what registration day is really like.
April 19th, 2010: 7:15: Wake up (15 minutes late), and hop into the shower. Get ready for the day. 8:15: Turn on my computer and check SIS (Student Information System) to see if any of my prospective classes had filled. 8:30: Seeing that my classes were still open, I relaxed and watch an episode of the Fresh Prince while enjoying a nice breakfast of peanut butter toast. 9:00: Left for class…after checking on my wish list one more time. 9:30: Chemistry lecture- Used the school’s free wireless internet to check my wish list on my Ipod. I don’t really remember what we learned in class. 10:25: Chemistry is over- Checked SIS once again before my Jazz History lecture. 11:30: Sprint back to my apartment after lecture is over. After checking SIS again and saw that my classes were still open, I took a nap! 12:30: Woke up feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed, only to find that my physics lab had been wait listed. I quickly switched to a different section on my wish list. I also found an alternate class to take, just in case! 1:30: After lunch, I checked on my classes one last time before leaving for chemistry lab. 2:15: Chemistry lab starts (2:15-5:05). There’s only one computer to use. I’m worried. 3:00: REGISTRATION is finally here. I abandon the toxic chemicals I had been working with (Not a joke, they were really toxic!) and run to the computer before anyone else can. 3:01: Registered for fall 2010 classes, and can finally relax!
There you have it. I know in text, it may not seem very stressful, but I assure you my heart was beating double time the entire day. Yes, I may have obsessively checked my wish list, and yes, I may have been overreacting…but in the end, it all worked out and I got the classes I needed.
Picking the right school is difficult and different for everyone. Several factors go into finding the right school, and when it comes down to it, it’s all about personal preference. But to help you evaluate your values and preferences, I thought I’d share my UWGB story with you all.
When initially looking at schools, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay wasn’t even on my radar. My plan was to stay close to home and apply to all Universities within an hour’s distance from my hometown. It wasn’t until I was assigned a project in one of my communications classes that required us to research UW-Schools that I learned that Green Bay wasn’t just the home of the Packers! The more I researched the school, the more it piqued my interests, and I finally convinced my parents to take the 3 hour trip with me to tour the campus.
After the tour my mindset had totally changed. I was in love with this campus, and everything about it seemed to fit with my personality. UWGB was smaller than a lot of the other schools I was looking at during that time, which I liked. I’m from a small town, and only went to high school with 200 other kids, so being thrown into a massive pool of thousands of students was a little overwhelming for me. The location really appealed to me as well. Despite the fact that campus was three hours away from home, the fact that UWGB is separated from the city with acres of beautiful country land was more than a perk in my book!
It was hard to find something that I didn’t really like about UWGB, making my decision all the more fun! In the end I knew that this was the right school for me, and I haven’t once regretted my decision to attend the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay!
But don’t just take one person’s opinion. Find out why other students chose UWGB!
We all hear about it, but I didn’t experience it until this semester, and boy did it hit me like a ton of bricks! Sophomore slump is in full force for me and I know it can be extremely difficult to overcome if you don’t have the proper tools to avoid it. It’s all the same, whether it be my sophomore slump or your high school ‘senioritis’ (which can also be a nasty bug to catch!), all the motivation to do well in school is totally lost. Students say they often feel depressed or confused, with no motivation or desire to go to class or do homework. Sound familiar? If so, you’ve caught the bug! Here are some homemade remedies just for you…
Research areas of interest to you, including your majors, minors, and even extracurricular. Find something you’ll love, and go with it!
Set goals for yourself either during your sophomore year of college, or for your high school graduation. Make sure your goals are attainable, and are specific to your own needs.
It’s something simple that can make a lot of difference. By eating healthy and staying active, you’ll feel more energized and motivated to do other things (Like homework, perhaps?)
Talking to academic advising, professors, or your high school guidance counselor is always a great way to clear the air and have your questions answered. Don’t be shy; no question is a stupid question!
Don’t Go Overboard!
Science majors are especially susceptible to this. Manage your schedule and make sure that it’s balanced between classes you will enjoy, and classes that are required for your major. If you overload yourself with hard classes, you are more likely to become disconnected and eventually even depressed.
I hope these tips will cure your slumps and help you stay motivated throughout the year. If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask.
Spring break is over, and its time to start getting back into the swing of things for the rest of the semester. But before I do, I wanted to share my spring break experience with you all. This year, I decided to forgo the beaches and have a relaxing spring break at home. It was nice to catch up on sleep, vege out on the couch, and not have to work about Chemistry homework for an entire week! I also spent a lot of quality time with my family and friends from home and even perfected my golf swing for when Shorewood opens. The only down side to my break was the timing. The majority of my friends from home still had class, or had already been on spring break, so it was difficult to find time to hang out. My friends who are still in High School also had classes during the week, so the only time I could see them were on the weekends. But never fear! We’ll all get a chance to hang out when we go home this weekend for Easter!
All-in-all, I’m glad to be back at UWGB so I can hit the books hard and get ready to end my sophomore year of college strong. Besides, now that spring break is over, there’s only 8 MORE WEEKS UNTIL SUMMER!!!
Housing sign up wasn’t too long ago, and for me the key to a happy year on campus is finding great roommates to spend your time with! Here are some traits of the roommate best avoided.
1. The Borrower: We all know who these people are. Whether it be your clothes or your notes, a roommate who borrows everything is never appreciated.
2. The Slob: Having a messy roommate is never fun to live with. Clean up, do your dishes, and shower on a regular basis.
3. The Bad Communicator: Communication is key among roommates. If you have a problem with someone you’re living with, how are you supposed fix it with out talking to them?
4. The Hover Craft: Having a roommate who continues to invade your personal space can become annoying and exhausting. Back off once in awhile.
5. The Know-It-All: It’s impossible to be right 100% of the time. Having roommates is about making compromises and coming to an agreement on the issues you’re having.
If you get stuck with a roommate who possesses one or more of these qualities, you might want to…
1. Leave Your Problems At the Door: Gossiping and bring more people into an argument or issue is never good. Instead, sit down and talk it out just between the two of you, or talk to your RA for some advice.
2. Come to an Agreement: Work your issues out, and do your best to start over!
3. Keep Trying: Don’t give up just because you and your roommate had one argument. Do your best to solve it, and don’t hold a grudge!
The UW-Green Bay cheer squad will be conducting tryouts for the 2010-11 season in April. We are looking for talented young men and women who love exciting Packer games at Lambeau Field and exciting Phoenix basketball games. If you are interested, please contact Coach Ann Rodrian at firstname.lastname@example.org for the exact dates and necessary forms. Guys, no previous cheer experience is necessary.
Admitted students day was this past Friday, March 5th!
Students who have already been admitted for the fall ’10 semester had the opportunity to revisit and rediscover all of the wonderful and exciting things that UWGB has to offer them. Students participated in fun activities like basketball at the Kress, unlimited games at the Phoenix Club, and pictures in the University Bookstore display window while modeling their FREE t-shirt!
This past weekend, I’ve had a life changing experience! I was able to attend one of the most influential and inspirational leadership conferences in my entire life, called Leadership From the Heart. This leadership conference was brought to UWGB by Student Life, and was free to all students willing to apply. At first, I was a little skeptical about committing my entire weekend to one conference, but after the first couple of hours all of my inhibitions were gone! This conference changed my entire outlook on life, teaching me to step outside of my own comfort zone to achieve success. By the end of this conference, I truly believe that I have changed for the better and have become more confident in myself and my work. I encourage everyone (if you have the opportunity) to attend this leadership conference, or one like it to better yourselves as a person and as a leader. You won’t regret it!
Heres the link for the Life Skills Center, check it out!
Spring semester is underway here in Green Bay, and I’m really looking forward to new classes, new friends, and (let’s face it) a new season without any snow. With spring coming up fast, most of you high school seniors (along with the expert guidance from your parents and friends) have already made or are making your final decisions as to which University you should attend. For myself, a variety of different factors were important in making my decision for college, but after I visited the campus I was 100% sure I wanted to come to UW-Green Bay.
For those of you who are already admitted, it’s still not too late to come for a visit. Another admitted student day is coming up on March 5th and there is still time to sign up! Students will gain information on financial aid, get valuable classroom experience, and even get a special campus tour (different from one you have had previously!)