Activities/Orgs: Admissions Intern, Campus Ambassadors, Blugold Beginnings mentor, Future Student Affairs Professionals, and Residence and Housing Life. I also just got back from studying abroad in Perth, Australia for the Spring 2010 semester!
Where will you live in the fall? Resident Assistant (RA) in Towers South
Any comment on the residence halls experience: The Residence Hall experience has definitely been one of my undergraduate highlights! Living on-campus gives you the opportunity to meet new people from all around the world, find your new best friends, demonstrate your student leadership skills, and most of all, enjoy your college experience!
Best place to study: The 24 hour lab in the Old Library is my academic sanctuary! The cubicles and silence help me get all of my work done. Sometimes I feel I should just get my mail forwarded there, and invest in a comfy cot or air mattress for quick naps :)
Best place to eat in Eau Claire: My personal favorite is Texas Roadhouse. However, I also enjoy the lunch specials at Shanghai Bistro (including orange/ sesame chicken and cheap sushi rolls), chimichangas at El Patio right on Water Street, and newly added, the Asia Palace lunch buffet!
Favorite activity/place off-campus: I love studying at Racy D’Lene’s Coffeee Lounge, as well as grabbing breakfast at The Nucleus Café. Not only are they both conveniently located on Water Street, but they’re even connected!
Favorite activity/place on-campus: Floating down the Chippewa River with friends on a hot summer days. It seriously doesn’t get better than that!
Best class so far (why): I decided to take American Sign Language (I, II, & III) to fulfill my foreign language requirement, and it was probably one of the best decisions I ever made! Not only do I use it with my friends who also took the course, but I’ve also used it to communicate with the deaf community both at work and within the community. It’s such an extraordinary language, and I use it a whole lot more than my German from high school, haha...
Best advice for getting the most out of college: First, the academic transition from high school to college is definitely difficult, so don’t take your academics for granted! Study hard, but don’t forget to get involved and have fun as well – it’s all about balance! Next, college is all about stepping out of your comfort zone, and doing things that you normally wouldn’t. So, just be yourself! Do what you enjoy doing, and disregard what you’re not comfortable doing. We pride ourselves on our unique, friendly campus, so in the end, show UWEC what you personally have to offer!
Best Blugold tradition/event: I would definitely say Homecoming. Nothing but a week of school spirit, campus-wide activities, and fun! Get involved, like for most holidays, it only comes once a year!
Best thing about being a student at UWEC: From the time I took my very own campus tour, I immediately felt like I was part of the UWEC family. I honestly couldn’t pick one best thing about our campus, because I pretty much love everything about it. From the friendly, dedicated people to the amazing opportunities presented to students (study abroad, student-faculty collaborative research, etc.), I’m convinced that there’s something for everyone here at UWEC!