On the Elmwood side of Polk, there is this little hidden courtyard that I like to sit in sometimes! -Jessy
UW Oshkosh students posting about our daily life at UWO.
I went to Summerfest in Milwaukee these past two weeks, and I can say that the days I went were some of the most fun I’ve had.
Last Wednesday, I saw my favorite band, Arctic Monkeys, and it was honestly the best show I’ve seen. They were phenomenal. I just can’t even begin to describe it. Check them out because they’re super cool.
Last night, I went to see Ludacris, and that was quite the experience. It was my first hip hop show (and probably my last), and I had no idea what to expect. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time, so it was really cool to finally see him live.
If you’ve never been to Summerfest, I recommend that you go at least once in your life. It’s a really fun experience, plus you can get in for free a lot, so that’s nice! -Jessy
I watch A LOT of movies and A LOT of television shows. Other than being entertaining, these shows actually teach me lessons that prepare me for college and life in general. Here are a few that I thought I’d share with you.
1. The Hobbit taught me to get out of my comfort zone. Would Thorin and the rest of the dwarves have been reunited with their home under the mountain if Bilbo decided to stay in his house on Bag End and not be their burglar? Probably not! Get out there and try something new!
2. Doctor Who taught me to embrace change. The doctor has regenerated 11 times. He just goes with it and still saves the world. Things will change in college and in life in general, so you might as well embrace it.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas taught me that failure is okay. Jack Skellington worked really hard to bring Christmas to the residents of Halloween Town, but he failed pretty miserably. He realized how great he is at being the Pumpkin King because of his failure. You may fail at times, but every failure leads to an open door somewhere else. Don’t give up!
4. Lord of the Rings taught me to never underestimate anyone, even myself. Frodo never thought that he could bring the One Ring to Mount Doom, but despite his negativity and the doubt of others, he finished his journey. Don’t not try something because you think you can’t do it. Always try because you never know what will happen. I didn’t let doubt stop me from applying for a leadership position in a student organization. I went for it, and I got it.
5. Harry Potter taught me to never judge a book- or person - by its cover. POSSIBLE SPOILER: Everyone thought that Snape was evil, but the whole series he was doing what he had to do to protect Harry. Don’t judge your roommate on first appearance or impression; get to know him or her and find out who they really are.
6. Star Wars taught me to make life great myself. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. Han Solo didn’t let The Force or destiny decide how a situation would turn out. He decided for himself. Take matters into your own hands and make your own destiny. Don’t pick a major just because someone tells you to. Pick what you want to do, and don’t let anyone tell you it’s wrong.
7. Edward Scissorhands taught me to make the best out of what you have. Edward had scissors for hands and he used them to make intricate ice sculptures, hedge art and even cutting people’s hair. I didn’t get into the music program as a major my freshman year and I was lost, but I kept going. I realized that I was able to add music as a minor and became a Marketing major instead. Now I love it. Sometimes you may get dealt a poor hand, but make the best out of it and keep rolling!
8. Adventure Time taught me that it’s okay to be myself. Finn is the only human in the Land of Ooo and he is a bit on the strange side, but he still makes so many friends and is loved by everyone. You don’t have to be someone different to make friends in college. You’ll find people who like the same weird thing as you do.
9. Supernatural taught me to never forget about my family. Sam and Dean are ALWAYS there for each other. Through thick and thin they’re always ready to help out their family. Your family wants you to succeed and they care about you. It’s easy to get caught up in school, but don’t forget about the loved ones at home.
10. And finally, Game of Thrones taught me to prepare for winter. Winters get cold up here, so be prepared. Winter is a strongly feared thing in Westeros and Ned Stark was sure to warn everyone.
There you have it. Wisdom at its finest from the best of the best of television and films - in my book at least. I hope you remember these lessons when you come to UW Oshkosh and use them to make your time here the best it can be. Enjoy your last summer before college, and I’ll see you here!
Move-in day is approaching for some of you and others are just beginning their touring experience. Either way I’m sure you’re getting excited to start your first year of college. And you aren’t the only ones who are ready to get moving. There are a few feline friends out there who are ready to whisker away to UW Oshkosh to have a pawsome year - fyi the cat puns won’t stop. So here is a list of cats that are just as ready for UW Oshkosh as you are.
This cat, who just graduated from Cat High School and is ready to start the next chapter.
This cat just got her picture taken in Reeve Union for a flashy new Titan ID card.
These cats, who are trying to figure out this packing thing.
These cats, who are “enjoying” a game of battleship in Albee Hall.
These two cats are realizing they need to brush up on their studying.
This cat, who can’t wait until she’s an official UWO volleyball player.
This cat is celebrating a pin at a UWO wrestling meet and visualizing himself on the mat.
This speedy cat, racing for the finish line alongside his UWO teammate.
This cat, sneaking in a little treat during Bye Cosh Fest in Reeve Union.
This majestic cat, going in for the headbutt during a UWO soccer game. How cathletic!
This cat, pawsing to think of his next lines during the rehearsal for the play Antigone.
And finally, this cat who is having a friendly rock climbing race, but is realizing her small arms are not made for such lengths.
As you can see, cats and humans alike are excited to start making memories at UW Oshkosh. And you’ll be on campus before you know it!
-From the cats here in the UWO Admissions Office