A cete is defined as a group of badgers, and in this case, also stands for Creating Exceptional Transfer Experiences.
BadgerCETE is a high-commitment, high-impact, student-led program designed for first-year transfer students to explore holistic leadership approaches. Students in BadgerCETE meet weekly with the same section which allows you to build community organically, critically analyze complex problems with diverse perspectives, and explore your own identities and transitions among a group of peers in a safe space.
Participating in BadgerCETE counts towards the Leadership Certificate.
Spring 2021 Winter Welcome Events
See our Winter Welcome Events for spring 2021 below. We will continue to host events throughout the semester on a rolling basis. Please head to our Facebook page, Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter (links below) for the most up to date events hosted by a number of campus partners and others in the greater Madison area!
Wisconsin Welcome Olympics Winter 2021
When: Fridays | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Jan 29th – Feb 12th
Where: Online – Zoom
Registration Required: click here
Zoom link is sent after registration.
Join us on this exciting, unforgettable, unique puzzle-filled WWO Winter 2021! Just like the real Olympics, you will compete with your team across several weeks of competition. However, instead of medals, you’ll win prizes like dish soap, garbage bags, maybe even a vacuum or rice cooker! Way better, right? We will put you into teams based on your academic or career interests, so that hopefully you will be able to continue to work together after the WW Olympics to conquer other challenges. 😉 You will not only compete with your teams during the 3-Friday events, but also the weeks in-between them, on your own time.
Opening Ceremonies: Friday, January 29th | 7 – 9 pm
Parade of Teams & Lighting of the Trivia
Jan 29th – February 5th
Teams will meet on their own time to create and submit their tiktoks for the following event.
Medal Presentations: Friday, February 5th | 7 – 9 pm
Competitive TikToking – Freestyle & Traditional
Monday, February 1st – 5th
Teams will need to answer scavenger hunt riddles posted on the TTP Instagram (3x daily). The team with the most points wins and will be announced the following event.
Closing Ceremonies: Friday, February 12th | 7 – 9:30 pm
1. Parade of Team Scores
2. INTERUPTION Bucky has been kidnapped!
3. Singing of the UW anthem: Varsity!
4. Olympic Flame Extinguished
Academic & Involvement Virtual Info Fair
When: January 22nd | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Online (Black Board Collaborate)
Link: Black Board Collaborate Link
Join us at our Academic & Involvement Info Fair Friday on January 22 at 12 PM. You will learn about the variety of involvement and academic opportunities and support. The event will be held virtually via Blackboard Ultra where you can choose partners talk about how you can best utilize them (all sessions will be recorded for students who cannot attend).
Opening Session: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI)
Second Session: 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater University Tutoring Services (GUTS)
Con-current Breakout Sessions: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
1. Multicultural Student Center (MSC)
2. Writing Center
3. 3rd session TBD
If you are unable to attend, sessions will be recorded and shared in the following week’s newsletter. No Registration Needed.
Broke-n Heart Bingo
When: Saturday, February 13th | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Zoom (link is sent to your email when you register)
Registration Required: click here
*Registration closes at 6:45 pm Feb.13th
Broke-n Heart Bingo is our anti-valentines day themed version of Broke Bingo – where you win prizes you need, but don’t want to buy. Think: toilet paper, dish soap, vacuum cleaners, etc. All are welcome to join, but those with broken hearts, dating adverse , outspoken anti-“hallmark-holiday” believers, and general haterz are encouraged.
Vibe of the night: Five rounds of Bingo broken up by (no pun intended) speed rounds of “Siblings or Dating.” Yes, that’s right – a game where you have to look at pictures of people and decide if they are siblings or dating – sounds easy, right? *devil side-eye emoji here* Rounds 1 – 4 will be standard play and round 5 will be a blackout round with the final prize of AIR PODS.
- Students are able to win up to two times round 1-4.
- Regardless of how many times you have one, anyone is able to win round 5.
- Stand play is rows, up, down, and across – no four corners.
- We are only able to ship prizes via Amazon.
- We are only able to ship products to domestic U.S. addresses. If you are currently not living in the U.S., you will need to supply a U.S. address for shipping or forgo the prize.
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Connect to Campus
Seeking advising while you’re here at UW-Madison will be key to your success.
At UW-Madison, learning support services are encouraged for all students, whether they are feeling challenged by academic expectations or confident and looking to maintain it.
There are many ways to get involved at UW-Madison, and we consider extra- and co-curricular involvement to be key to your undergraduate education.
Health & Wellness
Transition to a new institution can be stressful. You’re learning a whole new system of policies and procedures, adjusting to new academic expectations and more advanced classes, navigating a new campus (and perhaps city, state, or country even), and trying to develop new friendships and connections with your fellow Badgers. It’s enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed sometimes. Here are some tips to stay well and manage stress in your first year on campus:
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Keeping active is one sure way to fend off ill-effects of stress, and UW-Madison offers lots of ways to do that. You don’t have to be an NCAA athlete to get the workout you need. We’ve got multiple recreational facilities on campus where you can get the workout of your choice. If you’re into more outdoor activities, be sure to check out Hoofers, the largest student organization at UW-Madison. They offer opportunities to sail, ski, snowboard, mountaineer, ride horses, and SCUBA dive, and that’s just to start. If biking is more your style, you’ve come to the right place. We’re in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, and we offer the resources to prove it.
Keeping a balanced diet can feel expensive and out of reach when you’re weighing the rest of the costs of your education. However, there are lots of resources such asthe UW Food Shed (pictured), the Open Seat, and Badger FARE that can help you stay nourished and still make ends meet. Check out UHS’ Student Food and Financial Resources website for a full list of how you can obtain food assistance.
Find your balance.
When you’re adjusting to classes at UW-Madison, it’s easy to feel like your grades are the only thing that matter and you have to lock yourself away in the library every day to maintain them. After all, that’s what everyone else does, right? Nope. In fact, transfer students have found that creating a balance for themselves that includes time off from studying actually leads to more efficiency and better grades. So find a job you love, join a student org, or spend some quality time at the Nick. It’ll help your transition. And your grades. Trust us!
Talk it out. You're not alone.
If you’re trying to get involved but still struggling to find your niche and you feel unhappy, please reach out and talk to someone about it. You can:
- Make an appointment with a Transfer Transition Program advisor or a Transfer Ambassador. We’re always happy to chat about transition.
- Look into University Health Services’ (UHS) counseling options. They have both group and individual counseling options available. These options are available at no additional cost to students.
- Use Let’s Talk, UHS’ drop-in consultation service. Great when one conversation might give you the perspective or resources you need.
- Contact the Dean of Students office. They can assist with providing a variety of resources if you’re struggling, including short-term crisis loans.
- Spill your guts to an anonymous peer with BadgerSPILL for a little feedback, empathy, or encouragement.
- Students in recovery are encouraged to check out Live Free, a student organization which promotes well being and community-integration for students in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.
- Contact some of the other student organizations devoted to mental health, like Ask.Listen.Save. or NAMI.
- Of course, if you’re in crisis or worried you might hurt yourself, call UHS’ 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line at 608-265-5600 (option 9), or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website to chat with a counselor.