Being a college student in this day and age isn't as easy as it has been in the past. Students are required to be intelligent, proactive in their community, involved within their school, and working hard inside and outside the classroom. No longer can students just breeze through college; "Cs get degrees" is no longer an option. If a degree is desired, one better prepare to fight for it.
The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse is the second hardest school in the state of Wisconsin to get accepted into right behind Madison. This means that the student body of UW-La Crosse are not slackers. They go to class, do their work (and do it well), and take their knowledge and intelligence outside the classroom. If someone wants to become an Eagle, they better be prepared to work for it. With some of the most competitive programs in the nation, La Crosse doesn't take below average anything. At this school, As get degrees.
There are three simple rules for becoming a true UW-La Crosse Eagle:
First, work hard year-round. There is no time for slacking and definitely no time for all-day naps. The course load at La Crosse comes in heaps. Due dates come fast, and the work is time consuming. People say it's too much for some students to handle, but if they're dedicated to their education, they'll be able to handle it no problem. We don't believe in breaks, and that's a good thing.
Second, don't accept an average grade - strive to be number one. There's no shame in having confidence, so might as well show it. If a student goes in with the mindset of a winner, they'll come out on top. It's all about a positive attitude. Don't stress about an undesirable grade, just know to work harder or change studying methods for that desired grade. La Crosse is all about a quality education, and it's up to the student to fulfill it.
Third, notice opportunities and seize them. If a professor tells his/her class that they're looking for students to join their research team, sign up. If there's an intramural team looking for another player, join them. Basically, just take any opportunity to be involved. Being involved in one's university and/or community really does better an education. The application of knowledge shows a student what they're really in college to do: be a proactive member of the community.
All in all, La Crosse is a wonderful institution that really takes education to the next level. Dedicated, confident, and proactive students make up the student body of this university. Being a college student isn't easy anymore, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth it.