Why should I attend UWGB vs. any other college? You were looking at other colleges, but you are attending UWGB. Why?
Juny - When I was searching for colleges and universities I wanted a school that was smaller in "size, yet large enough to accompany my needs. I wanted a school that was located out of the city with natural surroundings so I would not have to see the city all the time. UWGB was out of the city, but not so far that I could not go to the city when I needed to. UWGB was a smaller school and I like how the buildings are placed and the underground tunnels that let you walk from building to building without freezing during the winter. What also interested me were the trails UWGB had on campus and the prairies located in UWGB. I also like UWGB because of the American Intercultural Center. It provided me with a place to go and hang out, relax and socialize with friends. It provided me with a friendly atmosphere and the academic support I needed to do well in school. It was a second home to me. Most other universities and colleges I went to did not have such a place. Also, UWGB was close to home so I could go visit my parents if I needed to and far enough to get away from them.
Was there anything special about the pre-enrollment UWGB experience that other colleges/universities did not do?
Juny - UWGB staff really reached out to me before I attended the university itself. Besides Ron Morris everywhere I went. Professor Kirn, had called me during the summer before I came to college and talked to me about my major, questions I had about college and any concerns I had which was really helpful because it made me realize the staff do care about my success at UWGB. Opportunity Knocks, was also different from other colleges because I am not aware of any other colleges having a similar program that allows the students to meet other multicultural students. This program affected also helped me with my decision to attend UWGB.
How has the UWGB experience been for you in your first-year?
Juny - During my first year of college, I was afraid like most college students are because I did not know many of the students there and I was afraid of not succeeding. My first day of classes I went to the AIC and got introduced to some of the students and staff there. I was also given a packet of events from the Southeast Asian Student Union. The packet allowed me to get involved with some of the events they had on campus. Taking the initiative to get involved and reach out was really important in my first year of college because I knew that if I did not do it then, I would not do it later. My first year at UWGB has been a blast! I met many new people and I learned getting involved is a great experience and gets you further in the world. Giving back to community is important and getting help early on is important to your success later on.
What strategies have you used to get comfortable?
Juny - In my first year I was able to get myself involved in events and organizations on campus. Doing so really helped me get comfortable because I was able to meet people with the same interests and make friends. Taking the initiative to get involved also helped me settle in.