Edgewood College Student Experiences

What to Ask and Take Note of on Campus Tours

Abby PaulsenBy: Abby Paulsen

These are a couple tips about things I think would be helpful to think about on a college tour:

Tip #1. “Walks up 7 flights of stairs for the Fitbit.”

Take note of the distance you are walking.

  • As you know, Edgewood is considered our little home in the big city of Madison. There are great differences when it comes to taking an Edgewood tour vs. per say a UW Madison tour. If you are a Fitbit fanatic, you could potentially not mind the 15-20 minute walks to classes or the 7-10 flights of stairs to your residence hall floor. On an Edgewood College tour, you should definitely take note of the physical amount of steps you are taking to and from your residence hall to classes, as well as how many minutes that is. This becomes pertinent information in getting ready for classes in the morning, as well as how much time it will take you to travel to your classes in -20 degree weather with 50 mph wind chill come the winter season.

Tip #2. “College Life: Good Grades, Social Life, Enough Sleep—pick two.”

Ask about time management.

  • While every student is different and each learning style is unique, there is no harm in asking about time management skills. There is a myth that you can either have good grades and a social life without enough sleep; good grades and enough sleep with no social life; a social life with enough sleep, but not good grades—the list goes on. While certain days, it may feel this way, there are numerous resources on campus in order to adhere to help you manage your college life, academically and socially. Failure is a common fear among first year students. Time management is the way to conquer and avoid this fear. Simply asking can give ideas on how to go about your daily life as well as ease your mind about accomplishing the rounded college experience.

Tip #3. “These boots were made for walking.”

Ask about transportation.

  • As a first year student, you are NOT allowed to bring a vehicle to campus. This is not known knowledge to everyone, and sometimes there is the assumption that you can bring one. By asking about this, your question will not only be answered, but you will also be told about other transportation opportunities. For Edgewood College, you are given a free Madison Metro Bus Pass to utilize. We also have what is known as the Shuttle, which will run once a week as the shopping shuttle- places it travels to: Target and the West Side Mall- and will run on weekends from 8 PM- 3 AM as means of transportation to downtown and off campus weekend activities.

Tip #4. “Papers in College? That is actually… a thing?”

Ask about Writing Centers.

  • I personally felt as an incoming freshman, that when upperclassman talked of writing papers that were single spaced and 20 pages long…. I truly did not believe them and felt they were pulling my leg. I can tell you now that they were being completely and entirely honest. This is why it is crucial to ask about any writing centers on campus. By asking about this, especially on a lovely Edgewood College Campus Tour, you will discover that these are free services to students- ranging from helping to start a paper to editing every single punctuation error and word choice possible. This turns your paper from a B to an A in no time. This is a great resource that you should be taking highly into consideration on your tour, CONSIDERING 85% of your time will indeed be spent writing very long papers.

Tip #5. “Did you say FREE?!?”

Discover and come to love free things/events on campus.

  • Have you ever heard the phrase “Poor College Student”? It is used quite often throughout the life of a college student. This is why asking about what free events occur on campus will be sure to persuade you in your decision on where you chose to spend the next 4+ years of your life. At Edgewood College, you find they are having free events every week! And let me tell you, you will absolutely, positively come to LOVE and ADORE this. Whether it be free cupcakes, coffee, any type of food really…. You will be there 5 minutes before the event even starts. No doubt. Participating in such events is a way to become involved as a student on campus too, so there is really no negative aspect in going to free events….. where they offer free things. Take note of the word “free” in any sentence or phrase used on a tour, really. So ask, ask, ask…. This will be sure to get you excited and passionate about your school.

The Road to Choosing My Major and How You Should Choose Yours!

Abby OpsalBy: Abby Opsal

Choosing your major as you enter college is an intimidating thing. After all, choosing a major, and in reality your future career, is essentially the reason we all attend college. “What are you majoring in?” is the question you consistently hear from your senior year in high school right through the end of your senior year in college. However, most freshman do not know their major as they enter college, and many who do know, end up switching that major.

When I came to Edgewood my freshman year, I thought I knew what I wanted to major in. I have always thought about becoming a teacher, and began telling people that education was going to be my major before I even began college.

However, as my freshman year began I began to doubt that decision. I learned about so many more majors that Edgewood offered and suddenly the world seemed to have so many options and opportunities available to me! I was only 18, how in the world was I supposed to decide what I was going to do with the rest of my life?

Fortunately, Edgewood has amazing Career Services! I made an appointment with our career counselors, and expressed all my anxieties about having so many different things that I wanted to do, yet having no idea what to do with all of those ideas at the same time. They helped me take career assessments and offered ideas of new majors that I had never heard of or thought of before. I was still interested in education, but also became interested in psychology and child life (child life is a pediatric health care field that focuses on the well-being of children and families in hospital and other medical settings).

The main advice they gave me was to explore classes within these different majors I was interested in, so I could get a feel for what the major was like. So, the fall of my sophomore year I took an education class, a psychology class, and a child life class. They were all intro classes, so I learned a lot about each field.

By the end of my sophomore year, I had made my decision. I decided to major in education! After exploring the other options, I realized education was where I truly wanted to be. Although this was my original intended major, I am so glad I took those other classes because I think I may still be wondering about other majors if I hadn’t.

So, when it comes to choosing a major, DON’T STRESS! And follow these steps:

  • Don’t feel pressured to have a major chosen before you come to college!
    • You do not need to know what you want to do for the rest of your life the second you arrive on campus your freshman year. Feel free to use the first couple years of college to explore and decide when you are ready! Everyone decides at different times!
  • Use your resources!
    • Visit career services to learn about majors and take career assessments. They will help you figure out what is best for you!
  • Explore different classes!
    • Try to take classes in a couple different majors early on in your schooling. This will help you get a feel for what that major will be like, and if you will find it enjoyable.
  • Volunteer!
    • If possible, try to get field experience in the job you are looking to major in. For example, if you are considering nursing, see if you can shadow a nurse or simply volunteer in a hospital setting to get a feel for what the actual job entails.
    • Choose a major based on what you love to do! You have to work for the rest of your life, make it something enjoyable!

College Classes? More like Fun Times, and Good Vibes!

taranBy Taran Lancaster

As I am typing this now, I have taken 10 courses here at Edgewood College, and am currently enrolled in four more.  I have taken a wide range of courses, from history of the Middle East, to Statistics.  Although I am not a strong math or history student, I came out with decent grades and more knowledge from both of those courses.  Some classes I have thoroughly enjoyed include Philosophy, Intro to Child Life, and College Writing: “Whodunit”.  However, the courses I have loved the most are COR 1 Perspectives in Puppetry, and Acting I.

Entering the school year as a freshman, every student is required to take a COR 1 class.  When I first signed up for Edgewood College courses, I was still a high school student.  I imagined college courses to be intensely grueling academically speaking.  However, when I came across Perspectives in Puppetry, I knew that I was going to fit in at Edgewood College.  My COR 1 class formed a bond that is still unbreakable today.  I have gained numerous friends from just that one class that I know will last a lifetime.  In puppetry, we truly got to let our creative juices flow by constructing puppets out of nature, and even interacting with the elementary campus school children.  I absolutely love acting, and this was such a nice class to have in the middle of math, English, and communications.  It had such a laidback atmosphere, but was encouraging to my academic learning process here at Edgewood as well.  Although the material and the students made me fall in love with the course, Professor Susan Nanning-Sorenson impacted my experience greatly.  She is such a kind soul, and treats you more like a friend than a student, but in the most professional way.  I could easily tell that she genuinely cares about each of her students, and makes that extra effort to check in on them.  After taking Perspectives in Puppetry with Susan, I am currently taking Drama in Education, and am having the same wonderful experience as I did last year.

Furthermore, I also really took to the course Acting 1 taught by Professor Jeanne Leep.  I also took an incredible bond to each of my classmates, as we got to know each other extremely well through various acting exercises.  Although I consider myself a hardcore theatre student, there were students who only took the course for the tags, and had no previous theatre experience.  However, those students fit in very well with the rest of us, and the learning threshold was maximized even more.  We got to periodically write a journal for the class, which constantly pushed myself to get to know my true self even more than I thought I already did.  Professor Jeanne Leep was able to relate to each one of us in a different way that may our own learning experiences much more personalized and attributed to ourselves.  I believe that my own acting skills advanced in such a huge way in this one semester course, and I know that I have Jeanne and my classmates to thank.

If there is one thing that I have learned throughout these 14 courses at Edgewood College, it is that the professors do truly care about each one of their students, and knowing that enriches my education process greatly.

Time Management in College

Bailey Brien EschmannBy Bailey B. Eschmann

We all go into college with the understanding that the work we do on an academic level will be much more time consuming, tedious, and, let’s be honest, quite painful at times. However, most students, new to college-level academics, can sometimes find themselves feeling like a fish out of water with all of the academic and personal demands that they now find themselves answering to. At least, I know that’s how I felt my Freshman year every now and again. Nevertheless, don’t panic! It’s really not all that complicated to find the perfect balance between time devoted to academics versus time devoted to, well, yourself, whether that be with friends or binging on Netflix and eating ice cream straight from the gallon (not that I do that…). This semester, I’m taking eighteen credits, sixteen of which are science courses with lab. That being said, I obviously needed to construct some time management guidelines in my head for the semester, to prevent losing my mind completely. Below I’ve included some of my personal time management tips and tricks that work wonders for me, and hopefully for you, as well!

How to not lose your mind:

  1. DO NOT forget about you.
    The feeling of never-ending work to be done will never go away. It’s part of being an adult, unfortunately. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your own needs (i.e., sleep, healthy eating, friends, hobbies, exercise, etc.). Trust me, this is definitely #1 for time management, otherwise you’ll burn out all too soon, and no one wants that!
  2. Make a study schedule.
    This might sound a bit ridiculous, but carving specific time out in your schedule that you will devote, solely, to studying for a certain exam or a certain chapter that is really not clicking with you. I have a special calendar that I print out each month, specifically addressing the times I will work on a certain assignment, read a chapter, or study for a subject.
  3. Organize! Organize! Organize!
    It might sound boring or like a waste of your time, but it really pays off to organize your schedules. Not only am I taking eighteen credits, but I’m also in eight different organizations on campus, I work as an Ambassador, I compete on the Women’s Tennis team here. That’s a lot of time-committed activities (but it’s totally worth it and not at all impossible). So, I have a calendar on my phone, laptop, iPad, as well as two separate planners, and multiple printed calendars that I make myself. On these calendars, I color-code everything! The colors are broken down a little something like this: exams/quizzes, assignments, work, tennis, student organizations, meetings/appointments, special events, birthdays, etc. I check off each item as it’s accomplished.
  4. Mix up your study location and review your notes within 24 hours of taking them!
    Your memory is better able to solidify information into your long-term memory if you revisit that information within 24 hours of learning it (trust me, I’m a neuroscience major, I know weird things like this). Due to this solidification of information, it takes much less time out of your schedule when it comes time to review for exams, since the information has been locked in your long-term memory. Also, by mixing up the locations that you study or get assignments done at, it prevents any “blanking” on a test (i.e., totally spacing what you’ve been studying for the past week). This is due to the flexibility that you’ve trained your brain with by frequently studying somewhere new.
  5. Whatever you do, DON’T do it alone!!!
    I’m the type of person who cannot focus on what I’m studying when I’m with friends or even classmates (mostly because I’m a chatty-Cathy… I’ll admit it), however, I still make it a point to study and get assignments done with my friends (who just so happen to be my classmates, as well), at least 60% of the time. Something that my COR 1 professor always used to say caused me to form this habit: No one of us is as smart as all of us. Of course, she meant it in a teamwork sense, but I still apply it to getting work done. On multiple occasions, my friends have shared their memorization/study tricks with me that have worked much better than anything I was doing. Also, take advantage of your professors! They have office hours for a reason! Even if I think I did something correctly, I still verify that with my professor before turning it in. They love that I do this! It really doesn’t take too much time out of your day, and I learn even more tips and tricks for acing the course from them! They can also recommend a great tutor for whatever you may be struggling with, so don’t hesitate to take them up on that offer! It’ll be worth it in the end, I promise!

Hopefully some of these tips and tricks are something that you can utilize, no matter where you find yourself in life. Just because this was college-academics oriented doesn’t mean you can’t apply some of these time management tips once you get into your career. Good luck and happy learning!

How Edgewood College Became My Home

taran By: Taran Lancaster

In sixth grade (yes, this story starts here), my brother graduated high school.  As the youngest member of my five person family, and only having one big brother, I was devastated knowing he would be leaving for college shortly.  After all, who would I have to play goalie against, or beat at GameCube?  Little did I know at the time, his college was only twenty minutes from my hometown of Cross Plains, Wisconsin.  His college was here; Edgewood College.  For four years, I watched my very own big brother prosper from Edgewood’s academic, social, and cultural opportunities.  I watched him gain a firmer sense of comradery from being a part of the boys’ soccer team for all four years of his Edgewood College career.  I also cheered him on when he became Edgewood’s first student to study abroad at Hope University in Liverpool, England, as to where he became immersed in various cultural experiences that are still with him today.  After obtaining a Business degree within four years here, my brother will prospectively own and operate a Piggly Wiggly within the next few years.  I know that Edgewood College is to thank for the immense pride that I have in my brother.

Although my journey to Edgewood College begins with my brother, it is ultimately one that is taken by me.  So, why did I choose to become an Eagle?  In seventh grade, I first heard of Edgewood’s Child Life program, and I declared my major at the age of thirteen.  I have always been engrossed by the medical field, but wanted a more personal connection within the field.  With my interest in children and in oncology, I knew and still know that Child Life is for me.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Child Life major, it was only being offered at select schools across the country when I was touring colleges.  Although the program has expanded widely since then, I was left with few choices when I was a senior in high school.  I toured the University of Akron in Ohio, and fell in love with the campus, but did not feel the same personal connection that I did with the professors, admissions counselors, and students here at Edgewood College.  I also have always had a strong passion for performance arts in terms of acting, and once I met the theatre department here, I knew that I had a tight knit family.  Personal relationships and connections are very important for me, and I find that each connection I have made here at Edgewood College is pure and genuine.  The class sizes are small, so you truly get a sense of who everyone is and receive the help you need.  Although I do appreciate the small campus, I do love the city life and the night life.  Being minutes away from Wisconsin’s capitol brings excitement to the atmosphere.  And when I am done having fun with friends for the night, I know I can always safely return to my dorm (which feels more like an apartment) at Edgewood College.  As a current sophomore, I have already received multiple opportunities that have impacted my life greatly.  I have been volunteering at the American Family Children’s Hospital for two semesters, I have received help from Hannah in the Study Abroad offices so I am able to do a service trip to Cape Town, South Africa in the coming months, and I have been able to express myself in numerous productions here.  When I first left for college, I was nervous about leaving my extremely close to heart family members, but those I have interacted with here at Edgewood College have become my family.  Edgewood College has become my home.

Top 5 Fall Favorites in Madison

Rachel Rudd  By: Rachel Rudd

Top 5 fall things to do in Madison:

1. Go to the Farmers Market around the Square to enjoy a nice                caramel apple and a pumpkin spice latte.

2. Go to the Sara’s Pumpkin Patch in Verona

3. Go apple picking at Eplegaarden Orchard in Fitchburg!

4. Take a stroll through the UW Arboretum and watch the leaves change

5. Rent Kayaks at Wingra Boats and go kayaking on Lake Wingra!

Choosing Edgewood College

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Choosing the college where you want to spend your next four (or five) years can be a really tough decision. I am a pretty indecisive person and I will be the first to admit that I avoided making this decision for as long as I possibly could. I was really afraid of making the wrong decision, but after being at Edgewood for three years I look back and realize that I couldn’t have made a better choice. During my own college search process, I kept a few things in mind that really guided me here.

  • Location! For starters, location was a huge factor in my decision; in fact I think the only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to be in Madison. I have always loved Madison because is such an incredible city with so many exciting things to do. I love that I can always find something to do whether it is shopping on State Street, trying a new restaurant, or catching a show at one of the many music venues around town. After all this time, I am still finding new things to try and I really appreciate that I am never bored here.
  • Class Size! Obviously the quality of education is a really important part of choosing a college because that is a big part of why you are here in the first place. I am from a small high school, so I am used to having small classes and knowing everyone in them. I always heard people talking about huge lectures in college, so I didn’t even know that I could go to a college where the classes would be small. The average class size at Edgewood is 15, which is actually smaller than any class I ever had in high school! I really appreciate this, because it means I get a lot of one-on-one time with my professors and I really get to know them, which is also nice because they are excellent resources!
  • Majors! For a lot of students, choosing a college where they offer a major you are interested in is really important. This was a little less important for me, because being indecisive I didn’t really have a major in mind when I came here. I did, however, think it was really awesome that Edgewood offered a huge variety of majors and minors and also had some pretty unique programs that you definitely can’t find everywhere. I knew that I would be able to find something that I was really passionate about here and eventually I did (after quite a few major changes, I chose biology!).

All of these things helped me choose to come to Edgewood, but a lot of the best parts about Edgewood I didn’t even know about before I came here. Each year I love being here a little bit more. It is really important to choose a school that feels right for you, and making a list of important factors and touring a lot of different schools can help you do that. Make sure you know a little bit about what you are looking for in a college, but be open-minded! You might not know what is out there, and you might be really surprised with what you find!

How to Survive Finals

By: Abby AbbyPaulsen

For most, if not all college students, the two week gap between Thanksgiving break and Winter break is the absolute longest and most stressful two weeks of their lives. On top of finishing up any last minute curriculum between the 12-18 credits we are taking, there are final projects, presentations, 6-8 page papers, exams (cumulative vs. non cumulative makes the worlds difference) and on top of all of that somehow manage to find the time to eat, sleep, and look semi-presentable.

Fear not though, college students. There are ways to overcome the stressfulness of finals, and somehow/someway be ahead of the game. Here are the following three tips that I have configured upon completing my freshman year.

1. Plan ahead!

Oh yes. For all you procrastinators out there, this could do you some good. If it comes down to deciding whether or not to watch an hour of netflix ( you and I both know that turns into 5 hours) or get that history paper done that is due next week…. Chose the history paper every time! I understand that everyone needs a break from schoolwork, and time to just simply sit… but during finals; the time you sit and stare at a screen watching netflix vs. Microsoft word makes a huge difference towards your time management and your GPA.

2. The 50/50 Rule

We all know that during finals, you have approximately 12-18 credits worth of material smashed into one full week of exams, papers, etc. This takes time. LOTS of time. After sitting in your desk chair, reading your textbook to review information for the exam, you find your mind drifting,….. “I wonder if I will go ice skating over Winter break….. Should I eat a salad or sandwich for dinner tonight?” This is completely normal. We get distracted, it’s human! This is why for every 50 minutes you are either doing homework or studying, you need to take a 10 minute break. This could include eating a snack, having a mini dance party, or scrolling through your social media…. You need a break.

3. Nap less, Sleep (at night) more

It is very tempting for people in general, including myself, to take naps upon having the largest workload of their lives at their feet. It is a way to escape reality in essence. Having five exams, three papers, and two projects to do all within a two week period time is quite frightening. My suggestion to you is to skip the naps, get the work done, and get an adequate amount of sleep at night. Your brain needs to be recharged, and going into an exam with two hours of sleep on your belt is not going to help you, but hurt you. In order to avoid napping, head to a library to complete your homework and studying! I promise, the library does wonders.

Pack It Up!

photoBy: Tess McCulloch

Packing up your life and moving it into a residence hall room that you could possibly be sharing with two other people can be a daunting task. Lucky for you, I have compiled a list of things that you will want to make sure are packed when you leave for move-in day.

1. Cleaning supplies: If you’re living in Stevie or Dominican you will need to clean your own bathrooms, which also means you will need to supply your own toilet paper. If you are residing in Marshall or Regina you won’t need to clean your own bathrooms, but you may want to clean the personal sink that is in your bedroom!
2. Hanging supplies/poster putty: Residence Life does not allow anyone to puncture holes in the wall for hanging pictures or posters. You will want to buy blue painter’s tape or poster putty. Both of these things are easy to find in college supply sections of stores and are even easier to use.
3. Rain gear/snow gear: Even on a smaller campus like Edgewood where it may only take you 2 minutes to run between buildings during a rain storm, it is still nice to have your bases covered. I suggest bringing a rain jacket, umbrella, and rain boots. For the colder months a heavy winter jacket and snow boots should keep you warm for your walk between classes!
4. Quarters/dollar bills: You will want to bring lots of quarters! It is $1.75 to wash and a dry a load of clothes. On average in college a student will do laundry about every two weeks. There is a change machine located in the Wingra Rec area if you wanted to change dollar bills into change as well.
5. Cable cord: If you plan on bringing a TV into your residence hall room you are more than welcome. There is free cable in the rooms for students, but you will want to bring your own cable cord – the longer the better!
6. Power strip: So many things to plug in, so few outlets. This may be one of the most beneficial things to pack before coming to school. With your phone charger, laptop charger, desk lamps, mini refrigerator, microwave, TV, and countless other things that need to be plugged in, it is nice to have multiple outlets!
7. Can opener: Picture this: it’s 2:00am and you just finished writing your midterm paper for your philosophy course. All you want to do is reward yourself with a nice bowl of spaghetti-o’s that you’ve had hidden under your bed in a storage bin for most of the semester. You pull out the can and realize it is NOT one of those nifty pull tab lids. You are left with a growling stomach and a can of spaghetti-o’s staring you in the face.
8. Over-the-counter medicine: You may have the immune system of a rock right now, but once you move into a residence hall with multiple other people chances are you will eventually get that nasty cold that started on the third floor. Be prepared and bring your favorite choices from your medicine cabinet at home.
9. Stapler/staples: The last thing you want to do while turning in your first college paper is ask your professor for a stapler.
10. Flash drive/external hard drive: A flash drive is a nice way to store files from your laptop and be able to open them up on a school computer. You may even want to invest in an external hard drive to hold all of your files in a compact and easy way.
11. Dishes/silverware: Remember that can of spaghetti-o’s I was talking about earlier? You’ll need a bowl to microwave those in, and probably a spoon to eat them with.

For more tips and tricks on how to pack efficiently for move-in day check out this pinterest site:


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The four days of Freshman Orientation are packed with fun events and activities for incoming students. Though they go by quickly, these four days were one of my favorite parts of my freshman year!

While I definitely recommend going to as many orientation events as possible, here are a few events that no incoming freshman should miss:

• Madison Metro Session: If you have never ridden a city bus before, this session is for you! When I first came to Edgewood, the idea of riding the city bus was a bit intimidating to me, but this session took all of those fears away. In this session, you get to learn about how the Madison Metro bus system works while actually taking a ride on the bus. You learn where all of the stops are, how to transfer busses, and everything you need to know to become an expert at riding the city bus!
• Outdoor Movie: The outdoor movie is the perfect way to relax after a full day of orientation activities! This year the movie Divergent will be shown on the large outdoor movie screen. Come relax on a beautiful summer evening, and of course, there’s always plenty of popcorn and snacks to go around!
• Trip to Super Target: On the last day of orientation, there is a shuttle that runs to Super Target all throughout the afternoon. This is an excellent opportunity to pick up any last additions to your dorm room or get any items that you may have forgotten during your move! There are also trips to the Wingra Boat House, State Street, the Henry Vilas Zoo, and Trader Joes on this afternoon!
• Hillside Block Party and Lakeside Chill and Grill: Almost all of the events at orientation have free food, and these two events are no exception! From hamburgers and hotdogs to root beer floats and s’mores, the Block Party and Chill and Grill have tons of great food to enjoy while playing games, listening to music, and getting to know other new students!
• Dueling Pianos: This event is always a campus favorite! Two professional piano players go head-to-head playing crowd favorites and song requests. It is entertaining, funny, and a great show for everyone!

Orientation is one of the best ways to get to know other incoming students at Edgewood and get acquainted to life as a college student. Take advantage of as much fun and free food as you can!

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