From the First Year Center to the Center for International Education, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has a lot to offer to its students. Many of its resources are free or offered at a very low cost to students, and some even to faculty and the general community. Be sure to look into these awesome opportunities. To give you a head start on getting involved, I have made a list of important things to check out.
Studio Arts and Craft Centre- the craft centre offers a free membership for all UWM students, all you have to do is stop by and sign up! They host weekly classes as well as one-day workshops. Some of these do cost money, but selling your work at the Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale could offset the price of learning a new skill. If you would like to practice your already gained knowledge of arts and crafts, just stop by. They have materials and equipment for sale, as well as checkout, in the studio. Want to bring a friend or family member who doesn’t attend UWM? They offer day and semester long memberships starting at $8.
Official website: http://www.craftcentre.uwm.edu
Find them on Facebook: http://facebook.dj/sacc/
Adventure Center- ever wanted to venture outdoors and try something new but didn’t have the necessary experience, equipment, or bravery? Well then this is the place for you! They offer instructional classes, usually led by a guide, and even weekend long trips! Some classes are free, and others are offered at very affordable student rates. If you would rather adventure out on your own, the Adventure Center has gear that you can rent such as tents, portable stoves, recreational and winter equipment, even sleeping bags, all offered at an affordable student rate.
Official website: http://www.aux.uwm.edu/Union/adventure_center
Find them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UWMAC
Panther Academic Support Services- even the smartest of us need help with our studies sometimes. PASS provides free tutoring services for all students at UWM. They accept walk-ins as well as appointments. It can also be a great place to get a job if you are doing exceptionally well in one area of your studies. If you have ever wanted to learn a new language but found that paying around $500 dollars for Rosetta Stone was not an option, you can stop by the PASS center to use theirs. There are multiple computer programs available for use in the center, as well as videos and handouts. They have a lot of great resources that every student should take advantage of, so don’t be afraid to just stop by and check it out sometime.
Official website: http://www4.uwm.edu/pass/
Center for International Education- for students already attending UWM this would also be known as studying abroad. While I myself wonder why there needs to be a whole “center” for this, I realized that it also includes students from other countries who are interested in studying at UWM. If you would like to study abroad sometime in your college career, it is good to get started early. Some of the programs may require you to apply a whole year in advance. The Center for International Education can help you with all of the paperwork, help you find a suitable destination, and even find you some money to travel through scholarships and grants.
Official website: http://www.international.uwm.edu
This is just a very small list of what UWM has to offer to its students. I’m sure you could find another whole list just by browsing through the website, like I did. Make sure to try new things and get involved in college. You never know who you could meet, what you could learn, or the connections you will make that could later help you in your career. Post any links to UWM’s resources that you think will be helpful to first year students, as well as those further along in their studies, and I will be sure to mention them in the future!