As a third generation Badger, I reached out to my family to find out what their favorite things about Madison were. When I toured UW-Madison for the first time, I remember my dad's eyes lighting up, recounting all the memories he made on campus. When I asked my dad for a list of his favorite things, his eyes lit up. As someone who is very proud of his alma mater, it makes me happy to recognize the similarities in our experiences, even though they are 30 years apart. I think it's safe to say that his list is still relevant today.
1. Lake Mendota
Lake Mendota — equally pretty in the summer and the winter. Whether you are sitting on the terrace or playing boot hockey, this 15.21-mile body of water is the perfect place to sit, relax, and marvel at. Truth be told, Mendota might have been a little cleaner back in 1980 than it is right now, but it is still just as amazing.
2. Summers in Madison
Perfectly humid 80-degree weather? Endless activities and a limited workload? Babcock ice cream on the terrace? I'll say yes to all of the above.
3. Greek life
As a recently bid sister to a sorority, I can confirm that Greek life is bunches of fun. The connections made with your brothers/sisters is something that's strictly unique to college. The friendships made in Greek life at UW-Madison are ones that are going to last a lifetime (just ask my grandma, who still flies to New York every year to visit her sisters).
4. Late night snacks
They may not have had Ians in the 1980s, but my Dad's fond memories of walking up and down State Street, scavenging for late night munchies, is something I find myself, and many other UW students, doing today. Come Saturday, the line for Ian's is out the door, and for a good reason too (mac and cheese pizza = heavenly).
The most wonderful time of the year! Nothing beats Badger football. That's all.