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Tips for going to college – Audio

Jessica Potterton, Student Service Coordinator
Undergraduate Programs and Service
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
(608) 265-2051

Grades, community involvement, how to choose a college and where to get more information are discussed in this week’s podcast.

3:04 – Total Time

0:18 – What the high school student should do
0:41 – Grades and college
1:09 – Value of community involvement
1:33 – How to choose a college
2:04 – Student experience at UW-Madison/CALS
2:50 – Where to get more information
2:54 – Lead out

Sevie Kenyon: Jesse, if you’re a student thinking about going on to college, what kind of things should you be doing?

Jesse Potterton: I would strongly recommend getting to know your teachers, your counselors, your administration in your high school. Getting involved; the more involved you are, the more classes you take, the more you’re pushing yourself, you will continue to keep your doors open for opportunities wherever you want to go. The more involved you are the more doors that will be open.

Sevie Kenyon: People always ask about grades?

Jesse Potterton: Study! Keep your grades up, try hard. Take courses that are going to challenge you, so Math, English, Science. Enroll in the fine arts, be in band, be in FFA, be in choir, be in arts. But, don’t take four study halls a day. Consider how much you’re challenging yourself.

Sevie Kenyon: Jesse, what are the other criteria that students should be looking at while they’re in high school?

Jesse Potterton: Being involved in your community and working on your writing skills because a lot of your essays are judged on what kind of person you are so you’re using your experiences that you’ve had and you’re writing about them. So what things are you doing to give back to your community, how involved are you, what charity work are you doing, what kind of service?

Sevie Kenyon: And Jesse, any idea how students should go about choosing a place to go to college?

Jesse Potterton: I’d start thinking about the size of the school, where it’s located; if you want to be far away from home or close to home; the size of the school or college. So UW-Madison is an undergraduate population of 29,000, but in our college, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences we have 3,200 students. So it’s a much smaller ratio when you’re thinking about the people you’re sitting in class with. Start thinking about what you’re interested in, where you want live and how involved you want to be.

Sevie Kenyon: Jesse, can you give us a little idea of what it might be like to be a student here at CALS University of Wisconsin?

Jesse Potterton: The College of Ag and Life Sciences, which we call CALS is a really tight knit community within UW-Madison. The professors, the academic staff, staff in general know the students. They know them by name, they know where they’re from, they know about their families. It is like a rural community inside a larger university. You still have the opportunities of Big 10 football, Big 10 basketball, hockey, all of those things that people enjoy. You have 800 extracurricular clubs/activities on campus, you have recreation sports, but you also have class your senior year with 15 other people. The opportunities are there but you’re in your own kind of world within the campus.

Sevie Kenyon: And Jesse, if people are interested, where can they get more information?

Jesse Potterton: Google UW-Madison CALS, that’s C-A-L-S.

Sevie Kenyon: We’ve been visiting with Jesse Potterton, Undergraduate Programs and Services, University of Wisconsin in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Madison, Wisconsin and I’m Sevie Kenyon.