University of Wisconsin '16
Majoring in International Studies
Member since 2/1/2013
Wisconsin is not known as the classiest place around, but madison students try their hardest to avoid wearing sweats. Do they succeed? Depends on the person. Nobody judges you, though. We're a pretty chill group of 30,000 people. Guys and girls on campus are like guys and girls anywhere-there are cute ones and ugly ones, big ones and skinny ones, white, black, indian, asian, you name it. I like it that way. Its nice being on a campus that is more focused on school, football, and avoiding the snow than on what you're wearing or who you're dating. Its college, not middle school.
UW Madison has great academics. They have fantastic advisors who are super helpful-take advantage of them. Things like workload and curriculum are hard to rate, because it totally depends on the class, the professor, and you! In general though, if you go to class, pay attention, and do the work, you will by no means feel crazy stressed out all the time. Sometimes classes are hard, sometimes they are easy, it all depends on how you deal with it.
I'm not a member of a greek society, and by no means do I think that greek life is bad. The only reason I'm giving it a C is because I don't know how else to say that greek life doesn't sway one way or another. There are a lot of great frats and sororities that I know people love being a part of! But it is just as easy to have fun on campus without being in one. It really makes no difference, its just personal preference. If you say, oh im in a sorority/fraternity, people will not judge you in the slightest, and theres a relatively good chance they might be in one too
They have fantastic classes here! The professors are for the most part really good, but every once in a while you'll come across a bad one. The registration process is difficult to understand at first, but once you get used to it its easy
The University just updated all of the housing to free wireless. So wherever you go, if it's a university building or close by, you'll have great access to wireless internet. They have a lot of computer labs, and printing is pretty cheap. I'd still recommend bringing a printer to school, just because its convenient, but you probably spend the same amount on printing at home as you would at any printing station on campus, so really its individual preference.
The restaurants (mostly on state street, but there are other great options elsewhere) are fantastic here. They're good food, for a pretty good price, have good hours, and friendly, fellow college student staff. Its a great place to look for a job, or grab a bite to eat in between classes. They have ok student discounts, but you really just have to budget on your own.
My only complaints with the nightlife here are that there isn't as much for underagers as there is for 21+ students. Also, transportation is somewhat difficult at night, especially when it's cold out and you don't want to walk! Other than that, there is a pretty great variety of stuff to do here at night and on weekends. And despite what you may think, not everyone drinks here either. There's plenty to do if you choose not to drink.
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