By Morgan Huss
As a college student, budgets are often more limited when spending money on things for entertainment. One of the greatest things about Madison is the abundance of activities that you can do on a college budget or even for free. When the weather is nice in fall and spring, these opportunities are much easier to come by. Although winter does restrict some activities, there are many still out there!
One of my favorite things to do is to go to concerts at either the Majestic or the Orpheum. I’ve attended concerts at these venues for $0-$20, which is great price! Another wonderful thing to do is to attend a sporting event at either Edgewood College or UW. If you choose to attend a Badger hockey or basketball game you can usually find students selling tickets for relatively cheap. The Chazen Museum is another example of a not only free, but interesting venue to go check out. The Chazen showcases many different mediums of art and is a perfect thing to do on a Saturday afternoon. Thankfully Madison offers great opportunities for the college foodie, with places offering weekly specials and event deals that are tailored to college students; it is a great way to indulge on a college budget. Whether you like music, sports, art, food or really anything there are abundant opportunities available in Madison to enjoy yourself on a college budget!
By Erika Schauer
Like any workplace situation, it is not uncommon to have differing opinions among professors similar to those you could have with co-workers. In a college setting, it is expected that individuals handle differences in a mature and appropriate manner. When a problem occurs with a professor, it is often wise to go directly to them first. By going to the professor, it may eliminate confusion or misconceptions the two of you may have. For more serious problems, I would recommend contacting the Academic Dean’s office to discuss the issue and come up with possible resolutions.
In my experience at Edgewood, I have not had any serious issues with facility members. One semester, however, the professor typed in the wrong final grade to Blackboard. To resolve this problem, I simply stated the issue and remained level headed. My professor was very happy to resolve this issue and was very glad I caught this simple mistake. Facility members at Edgewood often go above and beyond to make your experience here pleasurable.
By: Samantha Lehman
Coming into college I was told that the next four years would be the best years of my life, but it wouldn’t be easy. I have found this extremely true because balancing good grades and a social life is difficult. Sometimes I found that I felt like I was drowning in homework, but I soon realized that I had to take a break and watch an episode on Netflix or get a bowl of ice cream with friends because if I didn’t I was going to explode. Adjusting to how much studying and homework I had to do was difficult because in high school I never had that much studying to do. Although this is only my second semester of college, I have seen myself grow not only in my school work, but emotionally too. Seeing this growth makes all the struggling and emotional distress worth it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
By: Morgan Huss
Edgewood College is an institution that is shaped around five Dominican core values– Truth, Justice, Compassion, Partnership, and Community. Though all are very important and hold great value, the one most important to me is compassion. Compassion is defined by Merriam-Webster as “
of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Having compassion to me is one of the greatest gifts we can give this world, because it not only helps ourselves, it helps others.
Helping others is something that is very important to me and is something that can be done very easily. In light of Random Acts of Kindness week, I think it is of great value for everyone to realize the huge impact that can stem from small acts of compassion. From complimenting someone’s smile to holding the door open, there are endless small ways we can positively impact someone’s day. When we brighten another’s day often times they will do the same onto another unsuspecting person. I think compassion is one of the most powerful values a person can hold because it allows us to connect with others in the world around us and make a change. Now get out there and show some compassion!
By: Erika Schauer
Finals are a crazy and stressful time for every college student, but with proper preparation, unneeded stress can be avoided. My number one study tip is to attend class the entire semester and make sure you understand the course material as it is being taught. So many of my classmates seem to forget/not care about the material until a few days before the test/final which makes you cram and have unhealthy levels of stress. Being sufficient in every chapter throughout the semester means that you will just have to do a quick review for the final, after all, it is a review of the entire semester. Professors often drop hints about the final throughout the semester, so it is helpful to be there the entire time. The course material is also taught during this very valuable class time.
About a month before finals, I begin to make flashcards on key words to start reviewing. I usually make note cards for every chapter, so the final is just a collaboration of everything. Beginning to study in advance is also a key to success. I try to start looking everything over three weeks in advance. Two weeks before the exam, I re-do all quizzes and tests from the entire semester which helps show me what I need to target in future studying. My next step is taking practice tests with and without notes, depending on how many practice tests and review guides are given. At this point, I often have questions or need something clarified. Because it is still one to two weeks before the exam, I am usually able to ask the professor in class or make time to meet after class. This is one of the perks of studying early. Studying with classmates is always helpful, too.
It is the week you have been dreading all semester; finals. If you are properly prepared, it should be a breeze. I always review up until the exam, to keep everything fresh on your mind. I try to get plenty of sleep during finals and eat healthy meals. During the final, it is important to not freak out (easier said than done). Rather than figuring how bad you need to fail and still pass the class, focus on how great you could do. After you finish the exam, relax because you really deserve it!
By Morgan Huss
Holidays always seem to bring up feelings of nostalgia and a sense of hope when looking to the future. This holiday season for me has been very different being away from home and has lent me a new perspective on what the holidays truly are about. I find myself reflecting on Thanksgivings past where I cared about nothing more than having my “fair share” of stuffing and getting my favorite seat in Grandma’s dining room. Now as I sit around my Grandma’s table as a look around, up and down, I see what I truly care about: my family, my friends, our health and the good memories we all are able to share in together.
It is when I catch the group caught up in a moment of laughter that I am reminded of these precious blessings that I take for granted every day. I am thankful for my ever-supporting family who I can always count on, making sure they do everything possible to give me endless opportunities to prosper. My friends, who over the years have turned to family and with whom I share countless memories and everlasting bonds with. The health of everyone around me and the hope we all have to share in a new day together. It is the time I have been given with the people around me that is the dearest to me. This doesn’t mean I still don’t have my “fair share” of stuffing at Thanksgiving, it just means I’m fully engaged in those around me while enjoying it. I am thankful every day to spend most of my days surrounded by amazing family and friends; they are my greatest gifts I have been granted in this world. So as I look back with nostalgia and look hopefully to the future, I am elated to see their faces.