Our readers’ advice to UW-Madison students

We asked, you answered. Here are some pieces of advice that our readers have for freshmen at UW-Madison.

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Visit Bucky at the Memorial Union. | Photo by Nate Moll

It’s the first week of class at UW-Madison, so we asked our readers and Instagram followers what advice they have for incoming freshmen.


  • Bundle up for those winter cross-campus walks to class! Being warm beats looking cool when there’s a windchill on Bascom Hill!
  • Stay on the curb while waiting for the walk light. A lot of new students are not used to the rules of city traffic.


  • Find a good study spot right off the bat. I recommend the unions, perfect level of noise and close to food.
  • Use time between classes while on campus to study. It lessens the pressure to study at night. It buys you some time each day.


  • There’s actually a lot of math in Astronomy.
  • Do not take 17 credits first semester!

Social life

  • It’s nice to be important... but it’s more important to be nice.
  • Social media is not real, no one posts about being home alone and sad.