Adjusting to UW-Parkside

Tips for transfer students getting used to their new life as a Parkside Ranger


Transferring schools is difficult: you need to make friends all over, you need to get acquainted with all your professors, and-especially if you are in a smaller major-you get that feeling of being the stranger intruding upon tight knit social grips that have already been established. As someone who has transferred universities themselves – I completely understand that feeling. And that is why, in order to ease some of those feelings of anxiety, I came up with a list of tips to help as you adjust to your new school environment.

Joining an organization

I get it; you probably think that joining a student org is dumb and childish, or you just do not have any time to do so on top of school work. Which is completely fair, and I felt the same way when I was a Freshman and a Sophomore. But through joining an organization at UW-Parkside, I was able to meet some of my closest friends and lost some of the feelings of being an outsider.

Get to know your professors

Contrary to popular belief, your instructors are actually people and have lives outside of their classrooms. Actually go to their office hours (if you can) and talk with them. Not only will they be able to help you with your coursework, but they are also all interesting people to get to know. If you get along well with one of your professors, they may let you do independent research with them, which would both look really good on a resume for getting a job after college or if you want to go on to master’s school.

Talk to your classmates

Your college experience is what you make it. If you just want your college experience to just be going to class, going home, and hanging out with the same friends you had from high school, then by all means go for it. However, if you want it to be a time where you meet new people and form or join new social groups, then you need to take some initiative on your part. Your classmates will not bite, and if anything, are probably as shy as you to start a conversation so they likely will not judge you at all.

Transferring schools can be scary, no matter what level of schooling you are in. Hopefully with my tips though, the transition to being a UW-Parkside student will be a little easier for you, and maybe you will get more enjoyment out of your college experience.


UW-Parkside Offers On-Site Tutoring


UW-Parkside’s tutoring center, the PARC (Parkside Academic Resource Center) opens for the spring semester.

What is the PARC?

The PARC offers tutors for a variety of subjects. The writing tutors can assist with any class that requires collecting thoughts and organizing them in a written form. Math tutors can help with almost every math course, though there are specific tutors for discrete mathematics and physics. Writing and math tutors are available for walk-in half hour appointments or for scheduled hour appointments.

Though math and writing are two of the most broad, and thus most requested topics, students can also schedule tutors for Spanish, French, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, biology, discrete mathematics, physics, psychology, economics and computer science. Due to high demand and limited tutors, most subjects require an appointment, but Spanish, chemistry, and anatomy all have walk in hours this semester.

The PARC also offers success coaching. Success coaches help students to gain valuable study skills, like time management and learning how to identify their individual learning styles. Unfortunately these valuable resources are only available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and do require appointments.

Even tutors use the PARC

There’s no shame in needing a little bit of help during your college career, especially when getting through your general courses. All of the tutors in the PARC are still students, so even they will often go to other tutors for advice.

The Ranger News interviewed Sam Steinke and Megan Cisewski, two writing tutors at the PARC. Steinke told The Ranger News that she thought that the writing center was the most important aspect of the PARC. She said that it was an “easy way to get feedback on any of your papers”.

Both tutors said that they have used the PARC for tutoring help on their own. Cisewski stated that she went to the walk-in chemistry tutor at the end of her shift and said that she “learned a lot” from the session.

Both tutors agreed that the PARC is a valuable asset to students. They said that Kim White, the manager of the PARC, was one of the best people to go to if you needed help. “She’ll sit down and help you, or take you to the advising and career center.” Steinke said, “I don’t think that’s part of her job, but she really cares.”

NetTutor: the online tutor

NetTutor is a tutoring application that UW-Parkside pays for to help students. Any UW-Parkside student can use it, and it is open online 24/7. NetTutor has tutors for almost every subject, and each tutor is a real person with a degree in their field. NetTutor is a great resource, especially for students who have restrictive schedules and want the freedom of getting help online.

The PARC continues to be a great asset for the students of UW-Parkside, and with the addition of NetTutor there are plenty of resources to help students succeed this spring semester.

Networking While Still in College

In today’s day and age social media has revolutionized the way we connect with and share information with others; but what about connecting in real life? Whether or not you’re aware of it you are building a valuable network right now, while still in college!     Your personal network contains your friends, co-workers, teachers, etc. and could very well help you to gain employment in the future. So, the question to ask yourself is: are you networking and spending time with the right kinds of people? The kinds who could someday be corporate executives, college professors, and/or future movers and shakers in society? These are important questions to start thinking about as you progress further into your schooling.

Sure, having a group of friends to have game nights or play video games with is great, but occasionally you should be widening your horizon and spending time with other young professionals in the area. A great way to do that is through groups such as “Y-Link” and “Young Professionals of Racine”.

Groups such as these strive to bring together young professionals and provide them with fun, social, networking opportunities and chances to meet with older professionals, exchange business cards, and attend events meant to help you personally and professionally grow as an individual.

These types of groups are a great way to expand your network even further and can lead to future job opportunities. Annual membership fees range between $40-$50, but check with your current employer to see if they will cover the costs for you. It’s never too early to start rubbing shoulders with the people who could be your future co-workers or bosses.

Remember, it’s not necessarily what you know or how much talent you have in your particular field because who you know could very well be what sets you apart from other candidates applying for a job, and could make all the difference in your future.



Article by Robin Brown

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