Friday, February 12, 2016

All About Annabelle

Hi Everyone!
My name is Annabelle and I am one of the three new Outreach Assistants here at UW-Milwaukee within the housing office. I am so excited to interact with students and residents in a new way.

Currently, I am a Resident Assistant in Sandburg's North Tower in the Education and Leadership LLC. This is my second year as an RA and I have loved having a community of fun residents to help as they understand and get to know what college is all about. Last year I was an RA in East Tower so I have experienced a variety of the residence halls here on campus.

I am currently a Senior majoring in Public Relations and will be graduating with a degree in Journalism, Advertising, Media Studies with a focus in PR. I am also Pre-Law and will be going to law school once I graduate. I am hoping to go into advocacy law to advocate specifically for those with disabilities. I am very passionate about law and am excited to head towards Law School in the near future! I am also a member of a sorority here on campus and love my experience with it! (Shout out to my Gamma Phi's)

I grew up in Austin, Texas and  really enjoyed my time living in Austin and especially loved all the good BBQ, Tex-Mex and Mexican food. I definitely consider myself a foodie and of course I can't forget my Sweet Tea obsession. Overall, I enjoy reading, crafting, watching movies with friends, baking and spending time with my family. I am so excited to be starting as an Outreach Assistant and can't wait to see what the future brings.I have also included some pictures below!

     This is a picture of myself, my sister, and my brother.


                                 This is my sweet six year old dog Brenna...isn't she adorable?

Finally, here is a picture of myself and the Housing Council President at the awards banquet.


                       Until Next Time,

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hey, its Keara!

Who's excited to be one of the new UWM Housing Outreach Assistants?? I definitely am! My name is Keara (Pronounced like my girl Shakira but without the Sha).

I have so much Panther Pride that I not only love to show off housing as an Outreach Assistant but I am also currently a Campus Ambassador. That basically means I am a tour guide for the whole UWM campus. I love my jobs! I get to help perceptive students understand how fantastic UWM really is. Now by having both jobs I get to be extra #patherproud to our #futureuwmpanthers!!

A little about what I'm studying! I am a sophomore studying Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies-emphasis in Advertising, and also Art and Design Photography. What I hope to do with this degree is become a commercial or fashion/editorial photographer. I love being behind a camera and the world of advertising is beyond interesting to me! I hope to study abroad next year to Paris, France or Florence, Italy and be immersed in the art and fashion culture there!

Speaking of traveling...FUN FACT! I have been to 47 states (I just need Alaska, Texas and Idaho and then I'll be at the big 5 0!) I love to travel, its a big passion of mine. Another passion of mine is FOOD. Some things I miss about Sandburg is Waffle Weekends and Chinese days in the cafeteria, not to mention the chicken ceasar wrap and milkshakes at palms(slowly dying of nostalgia). I also love to be outdoors and recently have started to like working out...I know, it's as unfortunate as it sounds. I also am attempting to learn guitar. But most importantly, my favorite animal is a kangaroo but my spirit animal is an otter.

I cannot wait to get started with my Outreach Assistant job! College is all about getting involved and trying new experiences and this is one that I'm eager to jump into head first! If you have any questions for me email me at!


 Me and my friends at PantherFest!

 Me Adventuring with my camera in Milwaukee!

Me at my Campus Ambassador job at a Meet Milwaukee event for Perspective Students!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Less than 35 days till Finals!

Though studying for finals, finishing up projects, and getting in those last minute extra credit assignments may be consuming your mind there is a lot to think about if you are moving out of the residence halls over winter break. Speaking from personal experience, here are 5 things to think about ahead of time that you may forget about.

1. Take items home over thanksgiving break. Get rid of your summer clothes, swimsuits, and sandals. As sad as it is to put them away, lets face reality that winter is coming and you don't need these extra tank tops and shorts laying around.  Bringing home your stuff will save you room and you will have less to take home over winter break.

2. Pack a bag. Even if you don't have all your clothes at school it is important to pack a bag to bring home of clothes you will want over winter break. Also keep in mind even if  you plan on lounging in sweatpants and watching Netflix for a month your parents may want you to dress up for some Holiday Festivities, so make sure you pack your fancy pants too.

3. Bring toiletries home. Don't forget your deodorant, toothbrush, hairbrush, and everything else you keep in your bathroom. It can be easy to run out of your room after finals are over, but trust me you need these items. Also since University Housing cleans the bathrooms over winter break so you will want to make sure everything is emptied from the bathroom so it can be professionally cleaned.

4. Don't forget your chargers. Nothing can be worse than having to ask for a new phone and laptop charger in your stocking, just because you left them at school. Remember to unplug all of your electronics and take those chargers home with you!

5. Bring home the fish. A fish funeral when coming back to school in January can really put a damper on the whole reunion with you and your friends. Make sure to put your fish in a safe place and take him home to meet the family and enjoy the break with you.

Best of luck on your finals and remember you can always contact your RA about any questions regarding move out.

--Becca and Val

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Good Morning Panthers!

I hope your first month of classes went great, but it can be pretty overwhelming. With keeping up with all of the readings, labs, quizzes, and even with exams coming up it can be pretty stressful. Not to mention if you are working or in clubs and organizations as well. Personally myself I am working two jobs, a double major, and in a sorority so I am all too familiar with the struggle of trying to balance my time. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to not being as stressed or have the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Struggling with classes?

Making sure that you are up to date with all of your assignments as well as staying on track with all the readings can be very stressful.

Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) is here to help! PASS tutoring is extremely helpful with those classes that you are struggling with and can prepare you for those midterms and finals. Not only does PASS schedule tutor appointments with you, but they even except walk ins! Since my schedule can get a little hetic I like to use their option of online tutoring. Here is the best part IT IS FREE! So there is no excuse for you not to get the help you need!

Do you have an insane schedule?

Balancing your time is a skill that you will continue to grow at, but balancing school, work, clubs, social life, and hobbies can be a little overwhelming.

What I like to do is make a list and protize everything I need to get done. Having an online calendar as well as a hard cover planner is very helpful. You can even use the the calendar online through your school email or pick up a planner at the Student Success Center!

Are you feeling just overall overwhelmed?

The main thing you have to do is make sure you take care of yourself. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in your busy schedule.

 Make sure you make time to eat healthy, don't drink too much coffee, and get as much sleep as you possibly can. Remember that you can only perform at your best when you feel the best!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It's that time of year again... FALL WELCOME!

It is almost time to start going back to class, chugging coffee, and seeing the people that you have missed all summer. Which means...fall welcome is in full gear! Here are a few events that I will be personally going to, but to see all events go to their website at

Thursday, August 27th 

At the Union Cinema at 9pm, the film Get Hard with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart will be playing.See Will Ferrell get an education in incarceration from Kevin Hart in this new comedy. 

Friday, August 28th

At Sandburg Residence Hall in Flicks at 9pm, Comedy Sportz will be taking place. ComedySportz is an improv comedy show and a tradition in Milwaukee. Two teams of "Actletes" get suggestions from the audience, create scenes on stage, and compete for your laughs. You decide what each scene is about, you decide who you think is funnier, and you decide who wins! Snacks and beverages served; audience participation encouraged; laughter guaranteed! 

Saturday, August 29th

From 12pm-4pm shuttles will be picking up and dropping off students from the library shuttle stop to Bradford Beach! Are you moved in and looking to enjoy the beautiful weather and explore Milwaukee’s lakefront? Visit beautiful Bradford Beach. Get active with beach volleyball or frisbee, or just relax and enjoy the beach and beautiful water of Lake Michigan. . 

Sunday, August 30th

At the Sandburg Hall Green Room at 10am, buses will load to the Brewers vs. Reds: Sponsored by the Campus Actives Board. Join fellow students for a great afternoon at Miller Park as the Milwaukee Brewers face the Cincinnati Reds. All fans in attendance receive a Vintage Brewer bobble head. Bring clothing appropriate for the weather and money to purchase food or other items. 

Wednesday, September 2nd

At the Union Ballroom at 6pm come to check out Greek Life at the Fraternity and Sorority Showcase! Being an active member in Alpha Omicron Pi, I can't explain how amazing of an experience it is being a member of Greek Life at UWM.

Friday, September 4th

Today is the day most of UWM students, including myself look forward to every year. PANTHERFEST! This year Twenty One Pilots and Hoodie Allen will be performing! I cannot wait to see these amazing acts considering one of them is my favorite band :)

Enjoy Fall Welcome!!