How Students Make The Most Of Their Time On Campus

Dive into arts, athletics and more at UW Colleges
By UW Colleges

A new semester is just beginning, and there's no better time to get involved and try something new. Each UW Colleges campus offers ways to take part in campus life and make the most of your time in college.

Whether you're an athlete longing for a competitive outlet,  interested in shaping your campus through student government or want to gain valuable experience working on campus, there are plenty of ways to make your mark. Here are just a few ways students get involved at UW Colleges.

1. Play a sport

Each UW Colleges campus is part of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference, which means students can join a team and compete against students from around the state. Opportunities vary by campus, but basketball, soccer and tennis are just a few ways students can get involved. Are you an athlete looking for a new challenge? Being a part of your campus' athletics program is the perfect opportunity.

Basketball player

2. Become a campus leader in student government

Do you want to be an ambassador for your campus? Are you interested in gaining valuable skills and leadership experience? Do you want to help shape the future of your school and UW Colleges as a whole? Your campus' Student Government Association wants you! There's no better way to become part of the campus community, so what are you waiting for? 

Students working in a group

3. Join a student organization

One of the great things about going to college is the opportunity to try new things. Professors, staff and fellow students can help ignite curiosity and interest in topics you never knew you were interested in. Whether you're looking to learn more about writing, archaeology, chess, engineering or countless other fields, chances are your campus has a student organization just for you.

Students at the whiteboard in library

4. Create research projects with faculty

Every year, students from every UW Colleges campus take part in research projects and present their findings to state lawmakers at the state capitol building in Madison. Students work with faculty on challenging topics while developing critical skills that help them grow as a student and professional. This is a perfect opportunity for students interested in sharing their work with the community.

Student and professor in lab

5. Perform in your campus arts scene

Do you love to play music, sing or perform on stage? Freshmen and sophomores alike have a chance to dive in and participate right away in campus arts groups. You can develop ties with the community as a member of a music ensemble, perform on stage in state-of-the-art auditoriums or contribute your creative work to campus galleries and publications. 

Group performing on stage

6. Gain experience in a work-study position

Tuition at UW Colleges is affordable, and many students choose to take care of that tuition through work-study opportunities. These positions give students the chance to make money while gaining experience in interesting fields. Whether you're looking for work experience in art, lab work, athletics, theatre, or something else, chances are your campus has a position for you.

Student helping student in solution center

A robust college experience is about more than going to class and writing essays. UW Colleges campuses offer plenty of opportunities for students to make the most of their experience. How will you take advantage of them?