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Transitioning to UW-W


Whether you recently graduated from high-school or you have been working for some time, making the transition to college can be really difficult. If you’ve had a tough time shifting to college life, counselors at UHCS are a great resource for you. They can work with you on any issue that is of concern.

From the Experts at UHCS:

If you are thinking about starting, or going back to, college, please visit for some great advice. For students who have recently started, or are re-starting, here are some of my top tips for you:

1. If you are struggling with something, get help!

  • If you have academic concerns, your professors or advisor are great resources. So many students never take full advantage of professor’s office hours and appointments with their academic advisors.
  • For financial concerns, the staff in financial aid office know a great deal of resources that can help you deal with the financial burden of attending school. Also, be sure to use the web to look for scholarship opportunities. And don’t just look before coming to college. Many students can find scholarships later in their academic careers.
  • Roommate trouble? If you’ve tried talking to your roommate, but still have a problem you can talk to your RA or someone else in Residence Life.
  • Don’t know where to go with a problem? Ask someone. You can always start at the information desk in the UC and go from there.

2. Get involved! Check out Career and Leadership Development in the UC or online. They are a great source to help you find student organizations where you can get involved. If you live in a residence hall, you can ask your LIT or RA about fun ways for you to get involved. And, if you want to find ways to be active, you can plan intramural sports.

3. It gets easier once you establish your routine! When you start something new, the first couple of weeks are usually the most difficult. Give yourself some time to adjust to your class schedule, find the best places to eat and study, and figure out how you want to spend your free time.

4. You are the average of the 5 people you are around most! As you make friends on campus , it is important to remember how much our friends influence who we are. If you are hanging out with someone, make sure that you truly like them and respect them and that they also are a good friend to you.

5. Stay connected to friends and family back home… but not too connected! It’s important to maintain the relationships that you had before coming to college. But, with that said, if you are going home every chance you get, or talking/texting your old friends frequently, you are going to have a more difficult time settling in here. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to make friend here and get involved on campus.

More Information:

Preparing for Life as an Adult, for Individuals with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities


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