The Many Forms of Campus Involvement and Leadership

What does it mean to be involved? To be a leader on campus? “To be a leader, it’s kind of a position in the public eye,” says Alex Baker-Bender, a UW junior studying biology. “It’s …

Health and Safety: Less-Common Topics

When UW–Madison asks Badger parents what concerns them the most when they send their students off to college, health and safety issues understandably top the list. And when people think about these aspects on a …

A Day in the Lives of Academic Advisors

The message to parents has been loud and clear since day one at SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration): “Make sure your student meets with an academic advisor.” But since students meet with their advisors …

Global Competence: Necessary Skills for a Connected World

“Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder,” Laurence J. Peter, an educator and author of The Peter Principle, once wrote. That saying, however whimsical, may hold some truth when it …

Navigating the Job Hunt

Note: This article was originally published in The Weekly, a newsletter for UW–Madison students. It has been edited slightly for a new audience. Whether students are looking at full-time jobs for after graduation or just trying …

Making the Most of Summer Term

Bruce Allison (center), an adjunct professor of forest and wildlife ecology, works with students on a summer day to electronically measure a tree’s density and detect decay. (Photo: Bryce Richter/UW–Madison) While some students are content …

One Text Away

Parents and students are in closer contact than ever, and that bond has changed the college experience. Note: The following is a short excerpt from the cover story of the On Wisconsin alumni magazine’s fall issue. To …

Dispelling 7 Myths about College Tutoring

Perhaps you’ve heard the excuses: “Tutoring is only for students who are struggling” or “I simply don’t have time to see a tutor” or “How can someone who isn’t sitting in my class actually be …

Study and Preparation Tips for a Successful Finals Week

Parents and families play an important role in coaching their students through the rigorous academic aspects of college. But when students are feeling overwhelmed about finals week, it can be hard to know how to …