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    Alex Joers

    Alex Joers 2013

    Middleton, WI
    Political Science

     

    What is your favorite spot on campus, or in La Crosse?

    I run by the river at least once a week. It is such as amazing destination and it's so close to campus that you can be there in minutes. 
    Mississippi Queen tours are wonderful and being at the Riverside Park is spectacular.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UW- La Crosse?

    UW-L has an amazing community of people all passionate about their involvement and studies. I think one of the greatest things about UWL are the people. 
    There is a place for everyone to find their fit and not only be comfortable, but excel at what ever it is they do best!

    Emily Mitch

    Emily Mitch 2013

    Brown Deer, WI
    Biology Education

     

    Best UW-L story:

    During finals week last fall, a couple of my friends and I were studying in an empty classroom in Centennial Hall. We never got kicked out of the room, so we stayed until 4am watching movies on the big projectors and blaring music through the sound system. Needless to say we got a lot of studying done.

    In your opinion what is the best thing about the UW-L?

    My favorite thing about UWL is the opportunity to be involved in so many clubs and activities. I was really involved in high school, so it was great to continue that in college too.

    Adam Pannier

    Adam Pannier 2013

    De Pere, WI
    Accounting & Marketing

     

    Advice to freshmen:

    Apply for scholarship, its free money. Who doesn't like free money? Join a student organization and be involved. They add to your college experience, allow you to express your ideas, meet your peers with similar interests.

    In your opinion what is the best thing about the UW-L?

    The best thing about UW-L in my opinion is the people that it's made up of. The students are very friendly and always open to meet someone new. The professors encourage you to ask them for help and are great resources that turn into a friendship rather than a typical student-teacher relationship. UW-L is a special place you will not find anywhere else. Welcome to the Promise Land.

    Amy McCubbins

    Amy McCubbins 2013

    Bloomington, IL
    Communication Studies

     

    Amy Olson

    Amy Olson 2013

    New Berlin, WI
    Communications Studies & Art

     

    If you could be one household item, what would you be and why?

    A spoon - you'd get to taste all sorts of delicious things all the time, like cereal and ice cream. Plus, if you've ever read the children's book entitled "Spoon," how could you not love spoons?

    In your opinion what is the best thing about the UW-L?

    The sense of community. I'm a huge sucker for warm, fuzzy feelings.

    Bailey Alston

    Bailey Alston 2013

     

     

    Ben Derks

    Ben Derks 2013

     

     

    How has attending UW-L influenced your goals & ambitions? Personal, career, or otherwise.

    Personally, I have learned so much from going to La Crosse. Its amazing how much it has changed me for the better. It has built so much confidence in myself that it has changed me into a better person all around

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    One of the best parts for me attending UWL is the atmosphere. I love the openness and that fact that over 10,000 students go here. I love the bluffs too. I was always an outdoors kind of guy so it has always been one of my priorities to stay in the wild.

    Ben Urbanek

    Ben Urbanek 2013

    Chaseburg, WI
    Biology & Pre-Physical Therapy

     

    Weirdest thing about you?

    Whenever I go to a friend's house I always bring my pillows, even if I don't plan on staying over I know that plans can change and I always need to be ready. I can't sleep without them.

    In your opinion what is the best thing about the UW-L?

    How close everyone is. I can not make it from one class to the next without seeing at least 3 people I know. It really makes UWL feel like a safe and inviting place to be.

    Briana Justin

    Briana Justin 2013

    New Brighton, MN
    Community Health Education

     

    Advice to freshmen:

    Be yourself and get involved. Joining any kind of organization or group will help you meet new people which can help the transition into the new campus so much better. Staying true to yourself throughout your time on campus will enable you to look back on all of your experiences and continue moving forward.

    In your opinion what is the best thing about the UW-L?

    How friendly people are. There are always smiling faces, people yelling at their friends to catch up on the way to class, and an all-around cheerful environment. UW-L is truly a community that everyone who attends can see and feel.

    Dani Berny

    Dani Berny 2013

     

    What's your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

    One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is take afternoon trips downtown. For example, see a movie at The Riv, get ice cream at The Pearl, and walk along the waterfront with friends. 

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UW-L?

    The best part about attending UW-L is the community here.  Almost any place I go on campus, I will see someone I know, whether I had a class with that person, or they are a close friend of mine, I almost always know someone.  The feeling of community here is so great, and it definitely helps when being away from home.  

    David Wermedal

    David Wermedal 2013
    Bangor, WI
    Political Science

     

    What's your favorite part about being a Vanguard?

    My favorite part without a doubt is the camaraderie. The bonds formed as a Vanguard  over sharing our love for UW-L are quite awesome. Also the rugbies.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UW-L?

    I love the environment at UW-L. Campus life has a friendly, community vibe about it that I never experienced at any other school I toured.

    Emily Albrecht 

    Emily Albrecht 2013
    Grafton, WI
    Athletic Training

     

    What surprised you the most about UW-L during your Freshmen year?

    I was surprised about how involved you could be. At one point I realized that I couldn't be apart of every organization or every group that I wanted to because there was not enough time in the day! It just surprised me how many options there were to be a part of around campus.

    In your opinion what is the best thing about the UW-L?

    I think that the people, here at UW-L, are amazing. It's a super friendly atmosphere here. I am able to just walk out of my residence hall and say hi to many people as I walk to class. The people are friendly and nice and you are able to find individuals that you can relate to really well. Not only does that account for students but also teachers. I feel like the teachers here really want you to succeed and do well in school, so much that they push you to come in and talk to them. I can honestly say that I have not had a teacher I didn't appreciate!

    Emma Shaver

    Emma Shaver 2013
    Waukesha, WI
    Elementary Education

     

    What do you like most about living in La Crosse?

    There is always, always, always something to do. From going on a bluff hike to cheering on your friends in their intramural championship game,  you will never be bored.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The overall feel of the campus and community.  Everyone is active and friendly, on and off of campus. Combining the people with the bluffs, river, hiking trails, and historical downtown, you can't find a better university.

    Jake Lacey

     Jake Lacey 2013

     

    How has attending UWL influenced your goals & ambitions? Personal, career, or otherwise.

    UWL has encouraged me to study and learn about things that I love. This allows me to passionately work towards my dreams within my major. UWL sees that you are a person, not just another student.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The large school opportunities within this smaller campus really amaze me. There are so many offices and organizations at UWL that you would expect to only find at larger universities.

    Jordan Finstad

     Jordan Finstad 2013

     

    Tips for freshmen/incoming students:

    No one really cares about that extra layer of mascara you just applied or the brand of the black socks you're wearing up to your shins. Just be kind to others and good things will come your way.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    This college gives me the "bang for my buck".

    Katie Schmitt

     Katie Schmitt 2013
    Oak Creek, WI
    Women Studies

     

    What standard household item best sums up your personality & why?

    A springform cake pan! I've got a solid base, I have a good understanding now of my core values and who I am, but I can always be open or more  closed off depending on the situation!

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    I think that our university is really unique in the degree to which it recognizes the student body as being made up of individuals. I have never felt like I was just a number; I have always been treated as a student whose academic and personal pursuits matter. for the well being of the institution.

    Kyle Phillips

     Kyle Phillips 2013
    Kewaskum, WI
    Biomedical Science
     

     Lauren Lotter

    Lauren Lotter 2013

     

    How has attending UWL influenced your goals & ambitions? Personal, career, or otherwise.

    The professors and opportunities for professional development are wonderful, get to know your professors and when a special opportunity comes your way take it. Try to get involved in organizations outside of your comfort zone, these are the ways I have found my influence and ambitions.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The best part about attending UWL is seeing the bluffs when traveling to La Crosse and knowing you are not too far from home. The community and setting of UWL welcomes students away from home and provides not only wonderful education, but adventure and comfort all in one.

    Lewis Wethall

    Lewis Wethall 2013

     

    What class have you enjoyed the most, and why?

    Ballroom dancing, it was an ESS 100 Course I took my freshman year. Loads of fun, and I got to learn some gnarly dance moves.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The overall community and area. Everybody here on campus and surrounding are such friendly fun people. I always feel welcome wherever I go. The nature trails and vast outdoor recreation options are amazing here and I can always find something to do.

    Lily Van Driessche

     Lily Van Driessche 2013

     

    What's your favorite quote or saying?

    "Today me will live in the moment unless it is unpleasant in which case me will have a cookie"-Cookie Monster

     In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The best part about attending UW-L is that whether you live on campus or off campus it feels like home. I never am afraid to walk around campus alone because of the great community feel.

     Lori Clarke

    Lori Clarke 2013
     
     

    Casey Kulinski 

    Casey Kulinski 2013 2
    La Crosse, WI
    Marketing

     

    Weirdest thing about you?

    I don't know about weird, but I am probably the klutziest person I know. If there is a way to hurt myself doing something, it will happen. Everyday activities are hazards!

    In your opinion, what is the best thing about attending UWL?

    The best part for me has been all the relationships I have been able to make! I have been able to make connections with not only peers, but also professors, staff members, and community members that I know will be great resources for me even after graduation!

    Lucas Schneider

    Lucas Schneider 2013Random Lake, WI
    Communication Studies

     

    Who do you most admire?

    My dad, he immigrated from Germany and worked his tail off his whole life just to provide for my siblings and I. He didn't always have a taste of "The American Dream" but he made sure we did.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The small, tight-knit community. You can't walk anywhere on campus without seeing someone you know!

    Luke Klefstad

    Luke Klefstad 2013

     

    What standard household item best sums up your personality & why?

    An iron because I am somewhat mellow until you plug me in and get me fired up about something I am passionate about (like UW-L). Then I'm hot and make a big impression on others.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The best part about attending UW-La Crosse is the close-knit campus community. You continually get to meet new people, yet see familiar faces every day, while you attend classes and work with the amazing faculty and staff.

    Lydia Hayes

    Lydia Hayes 2013

    What's your favorite building on campus, and why?

    I like Whitney Center because everyone goes there, there is always someone to say hi to, and I've had some great conversations and fun times over meals there

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The people! I love the friendliness, activeness, and diversity this campus has to offer.

    Meg Schilling

    Meg Schilling 2013
    Menomonee Falls, WI
    Communication Studies

     

    Name something you do when you're alone that you wouldn't do in front of others?

    In the mornings, while getting ready, I like to dance around to Beyonce in my underwear. As far as I know, no one has seen me yet!

    In your opinion what is the best thing about the UW-L?

    The people. I wish I could explain the sense of community there is on UW-L's campus, but words wouldn't do it justice. I enjoy walking from class to class just to be able to see my friends around every corner.

    Nathan "Michigan" Karnemaat

    Nathan Karnemaat 2013
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Recreation Management 

     

    How has attending UWL influenced your goals & ambitions? Personal, career, or otherwise.

    Attending UW-L has been such an eye opening experience for me. I know am on a career path that I otherwise wouldn't have known about and I am a  more well rounded person now than I was when I first came to UW-L.

     In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The best part about attending UWL has to be the campus/size of the University. It is so beautiful to just walk around campus and take in everything that it has to offer. I love walking across campus because you will always see someone that you know and see someone that you have never seen before.

    Pa Choua Lor

     Pa Choua Lor 2013
    Holmen, WI

     

    What's your dream job?

    Working with charity foundations and traveling with them to fulfill the immediate needs of others. That would make me so happy.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The best part about being at UWL is having familiar faces to say hello to on the way to class. This includes friends, advisers, and even professors.

    Pat Griffith

     Pat Griffith 2013
     

    Ryan Kacvinsky

     Ryan Kacvinsky 2013

     

    What do you like most about living in La Crosse?

    The interconnectivity between everyone you meet. It's amazing how small of a world this is!

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    The size of UW-La Crosse makes it very easy to make friends and see them on a daily basis. Also, people aren't in as much of a rush because it's a about a 7 minute walk from one end of campus to the other. As a freshman it was very comforting knowing I could ask questions and receive a friendly answer from anyone around me.

    Sara Peters 

    Sara Peters 2013

     

    What's your favorite part about being a Vanguard? 

    My favorite part of being a Vanguard is getting an opportunity to show off the school that really made me who I am. Also, I LOVE making my tours laugh. If you are on my tour, please do your best to throw in some chuckles here and there to make my day.

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UWL?

    There is an overwhelming sense of support and community on our campus. I have made friends in just about every class I have taken at La Crosse, and I can honestly say that I have felt comfortable talking to every one of my professors about anything I had questions on or needed help with.

    Sarah Sandquist

    Sarah Sandquist 2013
    Wausau, WI
    Biomedical Science

     

    Weirdest thing about you?

    I love Disney princesses and I only eat fruit snacks 2 bags at a time.

    In your opinion what is the best thing about the UW-L?

    How active and kind everyone around campus is. Also, how it’s not to big but not too small either.

    Theresa Hofschulte

    Theresa Hofschulte 2013
    Wauwatosa, WI
    Pre-occupational Therapy

     

    Best UW-L story:

    At the beginning of my sophomore year, there was a hypnotist that came to UW-L as a part of New Student Orientation programs. I was chosen to be hypd get hypnotized.

    Casey Seneczko


      Casey Senesczko 2013
     

    Nikki Masterson
     Nikki Masterson 2013

     

    Austin Barr
    Austin Barr 2013

     

    What's your favorite quote or saying?

    “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie

    In your opinion, what is the best part about attending UW-L?

    The community here at UW-L. The faculty have a genuine care for each and every student and make an obvious investment in your future. The student population is diverse and involved so it's impossible to not find a place or group that makes you feel at home. Those things combined make the community here at UW-L truly amazing.


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