Whether we admit it or not, we lie to ourselves every day. Most of the time it’s little things like, “These jeans don’t make me look fat,” or, “I’ll be able to pay off my student loans someday.” We even lie to ourselves about the university that we go to! Of course, everyone wants to believe that their university is the best in the nation, but at a certain point you have to admit even your school has its flaws. So, with that in mind, here are the top six things that you fool yourself into believing about UW-Madison.
6.) We’re a big city guys! No, really!:
Madison, we love you, but at some point you’re going to have to admit that you’re not New York. Or Chicago. Or even Milwaukee for that matter. At its heart, Madison is a small town pretending to be a big city. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Small towns are the heart of America, with some of the most kind, genuine people that you can imagine. While Madison may be a big deal in Wisconsin, people in the rest of the nation would have trouble locating Madison on a map. We’re not saying that should make you any less proud of this city, just don’t expect anyone to host the Olympics here any time soon.
5.) We actually like the cold weather:
Yes, there are some people that claim they like the cold. And yes, there are a lot of fun activities that you can do in the snow in Madison. But anyone that says they enjoy having snow from early October until mid-April was either raised on the arctic tundra or they’re a liar. Snow is fun when you’re skiing or snowmobiling. It’s not fun to almost die from exposure every time you leave your apartment to attend a lecture. Sure we can handle the cold up here, but don’t pretend like you love every bone-chilling, soul-sucking second of it.
4.) It’s great being so close to local government:
We have to admit, the capitol building is a cool and iconic part of the Madison skyline. And it is cool to see the dome peeking over the buildings from different spots on campus. But that’s where the positives of being right next to the hub of Wisconsin government ends. To be honest, living in the capital can be a bit of a hassle. It’s cool to see government in action, but protests and marches on the capitol can honestly be a bit annoying (although, we guess that’s the point). Plus, everyone around the capital is always up in your grill about your political views or who you’re voting for. Government is cool in theory, but it can be infuriating in reality. Don’t believe us? Try scheduling an appointment at the DMV.
3.) Lakeshore dorms have “just as much fun” as Southeast dorms:
The Lakeshore dorms are awesome. They’re quiet, which is good for studying, and there’s tons of great places for outdoor activities on that part of campus. But don’t pretend like there’s remotely as much partying going on over there as there is in the Southeast dorms. Let’s face it: Madison is a party school. If you’re a freshman that wants to party all the time, you’re going to live in a Southeast dorm. That’s just the way it is. Lakeshore is great for studying and chilling, Southeast is great for drinking until someone pulls the fire alarm and evacuates the fourth floor.
2.) We’re not just a “college town”:
As much as Madison might try to avoid being labeled as a generic “college town”, there’s no denying that it fits the bill. Whether you love the school or hate it, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is nearly synonymous with the name of the city in which it resides. The city is almost as much a part of the University as the University is part of the city. So why fight it? Sure, we may be known as a “college town,” but try to find someone more proud of their city than a Madison-native on a football game day. There’s nothing that fills us with more pride in our town than watching a 50-year-old soccer mom/UW alumnus doing a keg stand on a frat boy’s front porch. Ah, memories.
1.) Bucky is the best college mascot:
We’re just kidding, this one is true. Who else can do that many pushups? GO BUCKY!
Like booze before noon? So do these guys.