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Old 08-01-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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Im transfering to UW-L after spending my freshman year at a different school. I would like to know what the social scene is like there for a student under 21?
Thank You Colin
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:19 PM
 
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In a word, lively. My younger kid graduated from UW-L, and it took him 7 1/2 years to do so because he had so much fun along the way.

I know the university doesn't require non-freshmen to live in the dorms, but I do think that a really good way to get absorbed into the university community is to live for at least one year in a dormitory. The RAs go to pretty considerable lengths to get students out mingling, having fun, getting involved and so on, and it's just an excellent way to immerse yourself in the academic community. Certainly you can meet people and make friends while living in an apartment, but you're likely to have fewer contacts, hence fewer opportunities to find people you really click with.

The other thing I'd strongly encourage you to do is to look up the listing of all the different student groups that have a chapter on campus, and pick at least one to try out. Ten years ago, they had everything from Campus Crusade for Christ to the Foam Fighters, who spent Saturday afternoons whacking each other with foam swords, and no matter what a person's interests were, they could find at least one group of like-minded individuals. That's an excellent way to get an introduction into the university's social life.

Good luck in both your academic career and in having fun while you're learning! Just try not to have TOO much fun.... I most assuredly do NOT recommend the 7 1/2-year plan; those student loan payments are killers after that long.
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