Edgewood College Student Experiences


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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!


Smmmer is Around the Corner!

BrF4VBUydfKe65B43XJLAfSXBy:Samantha Lehman

Summer is just around the corner and I cannot wait. My first year of college was everything I expected and more, but there reaches a point that you need and deserve a break. Summer is the perfect time for the well-deserved relaxation. Although I will be working for what will probably feel like all day every day, I definitely plan on doing a lot of fun activities Wisconsin offers. I am most looking forward to attending multiple festivals. For example, I am going to Country USA to see Luke Bryan. I also will be attending as many days as I possibly can to Summerfest. Summerfest is a 10 day music festival held in Milwaukee and is the biggest music festival in the world. Being that I live 20 minutes away from Milwaukee a summer without going to Summerfest is unheard of. I also plan on catching up with old friends, but unfortunately this summer isn’t going to be all fun in game. I will be waitressing at a local restaurant and also taking a summer class here at Edgewood. Summer is almost here and should be a hard and fun filled summer.


momomBy Morgan Huss

Lent is a 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church. This Lenten season is based around penitence, prayer, fasting and abstinence.  Lent begins on either Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. During the Lent season it is a common practice to give up something of value to oneself to understand the meaning of sacrifice.

This Lenten season I unfortunately was not a good Catholic and went without giving up anything. However, I definitely should have given up chocolate, as I am a chocaholic. This would have been extremely challenging for myself because I ensure that I have chocolate at least once a day. Perhaps next Lent I will be able to give up my biggest vice, chocolate, and I too will understand how hard it is to give something up in the name of faith.

6th COR Value

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Edgewood College does an admirable job of engaging students of the 5 Core Values we currently have. As an Edgewood student, I have really taken the 5 Core Values of Truth, Justice, Compassion, Partnership, and Community to heart. The commitment to teaching and buying into these values can be seen by facility and staff around the campus. Every incoming class is given one value to focus on, especially during freshman orientation week. In the fall of 2012, my class was giving “The Year of Justice.” Not only did we dig in to the deeper meaning of justice, but we asked ourselves what our role in creating a just society.

If I were to add a 6th value, it would be Integrity. Integrity is not only everything we do, but it is everything we are. Integrity is an important characteristic for one to possess because it shows strength and morals, and one is not looking for a reward. Integrity means you will be the one to defend your opinion in a debate in class, it means you will not give in to the peer pressure that surrounds you, and to do what is right. Doing what is right is not always easy, especially as one had this new found independence in college. Integrity is something to nurture during these college years, hoping to be the person you wish to be at the end of your four years here.

Dr. Scott Flanagan

BrF4VBUydfKe65B43XJLAfSXBy Samantha Lehman

Dr. Scott Flanagan will be the 7th president here at Edgewood College. Flanagan has many qualifications for this new position. For example, Dr. Flanagan previously served as Director of Admissions, Director of Athletics, and Assistant Vice president for Enrollment Services at the University of Saint Francis, in Ft. Wayne Ind. During his five years there the freshman classes tripled. Dr. Flanagan has also taught a doctoral course in Higher Education Finance. In addition, Flanagan has a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Also, Dr. Scott Flanagan has spent the past 13 years as the Vice president at Edgewood College. At Edgewood College, Dr. Flanagan’s roles have included Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vice President for Planning & Enrollment and interim Chief Financial Officer. Because of this Dr. Flanagan knows the importance of following the Dominican values and the importance of working a long side the students and realizing what is best for the college.


Freshmen Survival Kit

momomBy Morgan Huss

Coming to college and being in a new space is a huge adjustment, especially now that you’re on your own. Your freshman year will throw all sorts of new experiences at you so it is important to be prepared! Below is a survival kit that I think will help you survive your first year of college!

Freshman Survival Kit:

Febreze- because who does laundry anyway?
Ear Plugs- for those times your neighbors can’t help but be loud
Dry Shampoo- some days it’s just asking too much to shower
Birthday Cards- Your family/ friends still have birthdays, let them know you still care!
Delicious Homemade Treats from Home- easy way to make friends fast
Money for Pizza- because pizza always understands
Cleaning wipes- messes just have a way of happening
A Tooth Brush Holder- so easily forgotten but oh-so critical
Eye Mask- blocks the sun out during the days after those nights we didn’t get to sleep

Your first year college experience is bound to be a breeze when you find yourself armed and ready with your own kit to help you survive your freshman year!

Real College vs. Movie College

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When entering college, most have this impression of what “college life” will be like. The majority these false ideas come from sources of media, especially movies and television. It seems as if the academic aspect of college is glorified and the social aspect, such as partying, is exaggerated. To be a successful student, it is important to realize that the college experience has more to offer then weekend parties. Movies often portray those who focus on academics as “nerds” or “overachievers,” but college really is a time to take academics seriously and become engaged in the curriculum of your particular field of study. Learning also occurs outside of the classroom, something movies often forget about. College is a time for growth and learning through finding yourself and increased independence. A balance between your social and academic life will offer maximum success.

Monsters University has a unique portrayal of the college experience.  The movie has a focus on striving to be a part of Greek life, something Edgewood College does not have. Monsters University is a beautiful Gothic campus that is host to many clubs and activities, similar to Edgewood. The professors seem to show a lack of compassion, something that is not true at Edgewood. In my experience here, I have nothing but great things to say about the professors. They always go out of their way to meet with you and care about your education.  Movies are not based on facts and often give the wrong representation of the college life.

What is Your Favorite Location on Edgewood’s Campus

BrF4VBUydfKe65B43XJLAfSXBy: Samantha Lehman

Edgewood is a small campus, but it offers you many different places to go with your friends to study or just relax. My personal favorite place to hang out is the Wingra commons. In Wingra you can do many different things. For example, if you like to study with a group or by yourself, it is the perfect place to grab a booth and stay there for a while. With Starbucks and the all the food you never have to leave. Wingra is also really nice to just hang out with your friends and get a bowl of ice-cream or play pool and enjoy your time. Because of these reasons that is why Wingra is my favorite place to go on campus.

Things to do During Winter on a Student Budget

momomBy 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!

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