Slowly but surely, you’re settling into your new college routine, and you’ve probably figured out that there’s more to it than books, classes and knowing where to find a good meal. If UWM doesn’t quite feel like your new home yet, it’s certainly a big part of your new life. And the more connected you are to campus and the people here, the better your chances of staying on track to your UWM degree. To help make that happen, we’ve outlined some ways below that will help you get connected and stay connected.
Peer mentors are there for support during your transition to life at UWM. They’ve gone through special training with the goal of helping you — whether it’s assistance in developing academic and personal skills, figuring out how to access useful campus resources or just being there to listen while you work through a problem. As a first-year student, you’ve already been assigned a peer mentor, so don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment through Navigate.
You’re surrounded by potential friends at UWM — but first, you’ve got to meet them. We know the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people socialize, but you can still build friendships. Join a Panther Virtual Hangout session by checking your email for an invitation or by reaching out to the Student Success Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also spend time in the Virtual Student Union by logging in to your Canvas account and selecting the Virtual Student Union module.
Maybe you want to dive deeper into your favorite hobby or you’re looking for a new one; perhaps you want to advocate for what you believe in. Whatever your motivation, UWM has hundreds of organizations and events ready to welcome you on board. Find the ones that are right for you at the virtual Involvement Fair, running Sept. 14-27, or browse the Student Involvement website, which lists the latest organizational and event information.