15 Signs You Go To UWGB

15 Signs You Go To UWGB

Phoenix for life!

When you say UWGB most people don't know much about the school. They may know Green Bay has a university, but that's usually about it. For those of us who go to school at

UWGB we know it's so much more than just a school. It's become part of who we are and we're proud of it! Here are 15 signs that you're a student at UWGB!

1. You've become very afraid of geese

Anyone who goes to school here knows about the vicious geese on campus. It seems like there are hundreds of them and they all dislike us as much as we dislike them. I can't tell you how many times I've walked past a goose giving me the evil eye and I was scared for my life.

2. Campus is dead on the weekends

When I was first touring schools my mom was hesitant to me going here because she heard it was a "suitcase school," which meant most people go home every weekend. After moving here I realized this wasn't entirely true. Yes, a lot of people go home on the weekend and there aren't very many on campus activities, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun. I almost always have a friend I can hang out with on the weekends, and if I don't I know how to have fun on my own.

3. The tunnels are your friend in the winter

I've never heard of another school having tunnels connecting the academic buildings to one another. When I chose the school the tunnels weren't factored into my decision, but on those blistery cold winter days I'm glad I picked a school with tunnels. It makes walking to class in the winter such less of a hassle.

4. You never had to experience the horror of communal bathrooms while living on campus.

Even when you live in the dorms you don't have to worry about using a disgusting communal bathroom because every room has their own private bathroom. So no, we can't relate to those horrific communal bathroom stories.

5. You probably have friends outside your major

With our school being so small (6700 students) it's not uncommon to become friends with people outside your major. I know a lot of people in my major simply from having the same classes as them, but I've also made friends with people I had a gen ed class with, in clubs with, in the same group fitness class, or people I've just met at different social events on campus with.

6. You've become a fan of basketball

We aren't allowed to have a football team because of some deal we made with the Green Bay Packers decades ago, so instead of cheering on a football team, we cheer on our great basketball teams.

7. You have a car at school

Not everyone has a car on campus, but it's becoming increasingly common for students to have a car here at school. The main reason is because campus is so far away from the city, so without a car, you'd be pretty isolated. We do get free bussing, but the bus can only get you so far and a 10 minute drive would take you an hour on the bus.

8. Your school has a golf and disc golf course

Yes, here at UWGB we have a 9 hole golf course and a 9 hole disc golf course. Not everybody uses it, but for a golfer like myself, it's a nice necessity to have.

9. You've gone on walks with your friends on the trails

With campus being further away from town we have the luxury of having 6 miles of trails around campus. With so many trails there are endless routes you can take. I can't tell you how many times my friends and I have taken a hike on the trails.

10. You've walked to the bay to enjoy its natural beauty

One of the trails is an easy walk to the bay, so many students walk to the bay. Some do it for exercise, while others do it just to watch the sunset. No matter how many times you go to the bay you never get tired of listening to the waves crash against the shore.

11. You can't go anywhere on campus without seeing someone you know

Since our school is so small it's literally impossible to go anywhere without seeing someone you know. When I go to my classes during the week I wouldn't be surprised if I ran into 5 or more people I'm at least acquaintances with.

12. You've been to the "haunted" chapel.

I remember my freshman year this was THE place to go, but no one knew exactly where it was. After exploring the trails a few times we found it! There's nothing too special about it, since it's so small, but there's a little sign in book where you can put your name saying you were there.

13. You've become friends with the employees around campus

Everybody that works at the university is really nice! Over the years I've become quite familiar with the cashier ladies at the cafeteria. They are on the older side, so they feel like the school grandmas to me. They always ask if I have plans for the weekend and we always make small talk when I'm checking out. They are one of the key reasons why I feel so at home here.

14. You're friends with at least one nontraditional student, if not more

There are a lot of commuters at our school and many of them are past the "prime" college age. I've met a lot of peers in my classes that are returning students and many of them already have families of their own. I've made friends with a lot of these students and I love that they decided to come back to school!

15. You love being a phoenix and couldn't imagine being anywhere else!

Phoenix for life!

As a UWGB student, you could probably strongly relate to most of the things on this list. We may be a small school, but we definitely have plenty to offer. UWGB will always have a special place in my heart, and I'm sure it holds a special place in yours as well. Go Phoenix!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.


The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!


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