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.
We 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!
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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 as the 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.