Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Preparation

Hello! My name is Susan and I am going to be a first year social work graduate student at UWM this fall and living in Kenilworth Square Apartments. I am from St. Augusta, MN and did my undergraduate work at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in St. Joseph, MN. I have grown up in the country all my life so I am excited but nervous to be moving to Milwaukee. I have only actually been to Milwaukee for an hour before in my life so this will be a crazy adventure. I will be living in a three person apartment so I have two roommates I do not know yet.

Like many of you the thoughts of packing are looming in my mind and the constant nagging of my mother is heard throughout our house. I am going on a last hurrah camping adventure this week to enjoy the lakes of MN and my mother thinks I need over a week and a half to pack. I have started packing, but it is not very fun. Most of my stuff is in boxes from when I moved home last, but I need to organize and see what I need. I am not really sure how I will fit everything into two cars, let alone not go crazy in the seven hour drive to Milwaukee but it will be worth it.

I am excited for new classes and people and somewhat excited for my busy schedule (that will wear off come October). Besides the daily grind of classes and studying I will also be doing a social work internship somewhere and I am the supplemental instructor for Spanish 103 (so if you’re taking that stop by for help!). I feel that between those three things I will have little time to do much else let alone sleep.

My weeks building up to my move will be filled with many goodbyes not only to my friends and family staying in MN but also to my friends moving on to bigger and better things since our graduation. The hardest goodbye will be my niece who turns two in October. I know she will be so much older when I see her next. These last few days have been stressful with trying to get all of the book keeping done for the start of school. I will be arriving in Milwaukee on the 30th to attend work and intern orientation but not moving in until the 1st.

I hope everyone is getting excited for what will be a great year.


  1. Incorrect spelling of preparation in the title, but great blog! You'll love Kenilworth. I lived there for three years and absolutely loved it.

  2. Hey Susan! Welcome to Milwaukee & Kenilworth. My name is Amanda and I am the CA (Community Assistant-Similar to Resident Assistant) on the sixth floor of Kenilworth and the building. We are excited for you (and everyone else) to move in!!! Do you know where in Kenilworth you are living? Have to spoken to your future roommates yet? My suggestion is to talk with them. It is possible that you are moving in with someone who has lived in the building for awhile, so you may not need to bring as much as you thought.
    Kenilworth is a great place to live, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. We are in the heart of the East side, and there is so much to do. Then, with the U-Pass (free bus pass) we get as students you can go all over the place. Milwaukee it a great city. You'll fit in 100%!!!
    If you want more information, or want to chat feel free to respond and I'll get back to you. I'm looking forward to meeting you!