This picture was taken behind Edgewood College campus on the pier. I often go here because it is the perfect place to sit down and relax. Being in madison, it can be easy to get caught up in all the hussle and bussle of a big city, but this picture describes Edgewood because it is peaceful. At Edgewood we have the luxury of being in a big city but able to get away from it all by walking 15 minutes away from the capital to the campus.
The quaint village of Sussex, WI has a population of 10,000 people. Shopping in town
means going to one major street – Main Street. Traveling through town most often means that you will be stopped by one of the many trains running on the north/south track or the east/west track often making residents late for work or school. Students in town don’t ever miss the Friday night football games at the local stadium. The students and parents “hang” after concerts, sports, and local events at Culvers – one of only two fast food restaurants in town. My high school had about 1,500 students and it was a perfect size for me. It’s the type of school and town where everyone knows everyone or has some type of connection. Seeing a new face in the hallway or class was rare. Sussex is located about 20 minutes west from Milwaukee. Being so close meant that if there wasn’t anything to do in our town, we could go to “the big city” to shop, have fun or eat out with my friends at fancier restaurants. I really enjoyed the fact that I lived in a small town, but lived so close to the city at the same time. I like to think that Edgewood is pretty much the same thing – a smaller community nestled close to a bustling city.
After moving to the Madison area, I realized I had to adjust to a few things. Previously, the only bus I rode was a yellow school bus. However, now my main mode of transportation is the public bus system. The metrobus system was the most difficult adjustment for me to learn how to use. Back in Sussex, to get around town, we walked, rode our bikes or drove the family car. The first week here was a challenge. I got lost at least 5 times, stood at the wrong bus stop, got on the wrong bus only to end up in area I wasn’t familiar with and spent hours trying to find my way back to Edgewood. But, in a few weeks I learned the bus system and can confidently get to where I want to go.
The biggest difference in moving to Madison/Edgewood that I noticed was the number of people in the area. There are people everywhere enjoying themselves from running, shopping and eating at the huge variety of restaurants. State Street always seems to be a buzz of activity. There always seems to be a mix of college students as well as other adults doing the same thing I am. Living in a college town I feel like I really belong to a community.The atmosphere on Badger Saturdays is amazing. My favorite part of the game is sitting in the student section cheering and dancing to “Jump Around.” I like to believe that my high school had the best student fan section in the state. When compared to the opposing teams student section, SussexHamilton always had the biggest crowds and the best cheers. The students at my school showed a lot of school spirit and we all took pride in our teams. Living in Madison and going to Edgewood is very similar to this feel except on a bigger scale. There is so much school pride and enthusiasm shown by the students attending Edgewood and Madison. Overall, there have been some challenges and things I have had to get used to with living in Madison, but there are a lot of similarities to living in my home town of Sussex. I’m so glad that I am attending Edgewood College and living in Madison, WI.
When active in the college process, the words “liberal arts” are often tossed around, but many are clueless to the actual meaning. Liberal arts is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica Concise as a “college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities, in contrast to t professional, vocational, or technical curriculum.” Liberal arts colleges often offer more of a broadened curriculum to create a well-versed and rounded student. The broadened curriculum often requires courses in religion, literature, and writing rather that simply focusing on one professional skill. Liberal arts colleges often are small and with close interactions between faculty and students.
Edgewood, being a liberal arts college, has offered me experiences that I would have failed to receive at other colleges or universities. The “tag” program for general education requirements has made me step out my comfort zone when taking classes. The dedicated staff is very passionate about generating students with broadened horizons. My COR 1 class, Perspectives in Puppetry, was a leap out of my comfort zone. The experiences I have had in non-traditional classes, such as Perspectives in Puppetry, have really helped me to have an opened mind as well as being an overall rounded student. A liberal education at Edgewood is unlike anything I would receive at any other institution.
Defined as the mutual feeling of fellowship between a group of people, communities give people a sense of security and a place in the ever-changing social world. To me, a community doesn’t always require shared beliefs or values, but does however call for understanding of others to promote happy coexistence. In both my classes and residence life there is a great emphasis on building a strong communal bond and forming new relationships with my peers. At Edgewood, community growth is stressed making it very easy to branch out and find your place.
Going to college can be an exciting yet frightening at the same time. Almost all students are nervous as they make the transition to a college setting. How are you going to make friends? What if you can’t find your classes on the first day? Luckily, these are common questions among college freshman so you are certainly not alone if you have had these thoughts. In order to make the transition from high school to college a bit easier Edgewood College has a freshman orientation. There are many benefits to attending your freshman orientation.
It’s a great way to make friends. By attending orientation events you are able to meet new people who are in the exact same situation you are. Freshman orientation is a great time to meet people who have the same classes, interests, and goals as you. Whether you are living on campus or you are a commuter student some of your best college friends could be met within the first few hours of orientation!
There are tons of things to do. Throughout orientation there are dozens of fun activities that you may already enjoy, or you might want to try for the first time. These include a midnight canoe trip, a photo challenge, a block party, a grill out, the Dueling Pianos, and many more great events around campus.
You get to know Edgewood’s campus. While Edgewood isn’t a particularly large campus you’ll still want to familiarize yourself with the environment you’ll be spending the next four years at. Orientation has a number of activities and services available to help students get comfortable finding their way around campus. Knowing the difference between Predolin and Mazzuchelli will be invaluable when it comes time to go to class on the first day.