UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Welcome to the First Year Student Blog


We know the first year of college can bring a lot of excitement. It also can bring some challenges, and it may take some time to adjust to life as a new student. The purpose of this blog is to share more information on ways that you can make the most of your time on campus and navigate some of those challenges that the transition to school may bring. Click through the articles below to learn about getting involved, available campus resources, health and wellness, time management, homesickness, and much more.

Check back each month for a new article that will help ensure you have a smooth transition to UWRF!

First Year Student Blog

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First Gen UWRF

November
What does it mean to be “First Gen”? Here at UWRF, over 40% of our students are first generation college students. You’ve probably heard that statistic before… but what does it really mean, and even more so, why is this significant?
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Student studying in the Involvement Center

Academic connections

October
You’ve made it through your first month at UWRF! We imagine your excitement and nerves are still fresh, and in the midst of it all, you have only just begun your academic journey. With all of the fun campus events, activities, and beautiful fall weather, it can be hard to focus on school. 
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Students giving piggyback rides at Week of Welcome

5 things to remember when you're new to campus

September
The Week of Welcome has come and gone, and classes have officially begun… so now what? You’re figuring out life in a residence hall room, but perhaps you’re still lukewarm to the community showers. Maybe you are loving college and having a blast. Maybe you are starting to miss your friends and your hometown. We promise everything you are thinking and experiencing is normal.
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Students at Great Falcon Get Together

Kicking off your first year at UWRF

August
With summer coming to an end and the new school year rapidly approaching, you might be starting to wonder if you are ready! There’s a lot to prepare for and a seemingly endless list of things to do. Even though transitioning to college can be a stressful time, it is also an incredibly exciting time full of opportunities for growth, learning, and tons of fun.
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Orientation Leaders smiling on campus

OTL spotlight

July
With the academic year approaching, you might be feeling unsure about what to expect from the college experience. We get that-- it's a big transition! However, you won't be alone as you start this new chapter. From the second you step on campus for your first day at the Week of Welcome, you will be connected immediately with your Orientation and Transition Leader (OTL) whose goal is get you connected on campus.

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Students at Amphitheatre

Exploring River Falls

June
New Student Registration is an exciting program. We work hard to make sure that your time here on campus is well-spent! You get to see your residence hall, meet with advisers in your major, and actually choose the classes you will be taking in your first semester here, but there are other things to consider doing before leaving the River Falls area until the fall semester.

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Students at Picnic

Summer budgeting

May
We can all feel it…it’s so close: summer. The thing every student looks forward to, the much needed respite and recuperation from a long year of hard work.
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Letter to my first year self

April
The first year of college is an important time in every student’s life. It represents new freedom, new responsibilities, and new opportunities, and as such is ripe for many potential successes and hardships.
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Students Dining

Snack healthy this spring

March
One of the things that makes transitioning to college challenging is striking the right balance with your responsibilities and your newfound freedom. From having a more flexible daily schedule, to laundry, to setting your own curfew, having this independence means having to figure some things out on your own, perhaps for the first time. One of these new areas to explore is what dining habits you choose.
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UC Involvement Center

Consider your summer opportunities

February
Though the semester has only just begun, it’s never too early to start thinking about what your plans are for the summer. In fact, now is a great time to start thinking and planning to make sure you explore all the opportunities available to you.
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Students Walking to Class

Relax and refresh this winter break

January
Winter break is more than half over, and it probably feels like time is either flying by or moving entirely too slow. Either way, we hope you are using your time to relax and refresh to get ready for this upcoming semester! If not, there is still time to do a little self-care.
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Falcon Center Yoga

Balancing school with personal health

December
There are so many wonderful things to experience while at college, but sometimes those experiences can also be accompanied by heightened levels of stress. As a student, you have an increased workload, higher expectations in terms of your academics, and you’re also learning to manage a new kind of independence—all of which can lead to increased stress! Some amounts of stress are normal and healthy.
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INNOVATOR IN RESIDENCE

Financial tips and FAFSA

November
No matter how you frame it, conversations about money are hard. Paying for college can be stressful, even without the complications of figuring out financial aid, filling out the FAFSA and all of the intricate details that go along with a college education. In addition to working with the Financial Aid Office to determine the best financial action plan for you, check out some of these tips for managing money.
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Football Homecoming vs UW Platteville

Settling into campus life

October
It’s hard to believe that we’re already well in the second month of the academic year! By now you’ve discovered a lot about yourself and UWRF.
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