Senior, Biology and Global Health
I was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota but grew up a huge Badger fan! I love pretty much anything that takes place outside including biking, canoeing, and backpacking. My favorite thing about Madison is that there is always so much to do. Staying involved on campus has led me to several great opportunities, new experiences, and many amazing friends. My advice to incoming freshman is to try new things and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to complete strangers. Madison has incredible people from all different backgrounds. You never know what great opportunities will arise and lifelong friendships you’ll form! I am excited to get to know you all at Basecamp. Welcome to the isthmus!
Junior, Mechanical Engineering
I was born here in Madison, and I attended Verona Area High School. I've been a proud Badger my whole life, so I figured I’d continue that and enroll at UW. If you’ve ever been to Mickey’s Dairy Bar, you might understand my unwavering Badger pride. I've had a passion for the outdoors and the wilderness since high school. I joined the Hoofer Outing Club in the fall of my freshman year, and after getting increasingly involved, I’m now a backpacking leader within the club. It is because of this experience with Hoofers that I decided to work for Basecamp; I enjoy getting new people interested and excited about the outdoors!
This will be my third year leading Basecamp trips and fourth year of being involved in the program. When I went on Basecamp as a freshman I got to meet many great people and learned a lot that helped make the transition to college life a fun and smooth process. At school I enjoy playing volleyball and Fortnite, reading, XC skiing and running. Madison is the best place to go to college. There are so many fun things to do and people to meet, especially freshman year. I was able to meet many of my current roommates and great friends in the dorms. My biggest piece of advice would be to get out there and meet new people. I am very excited to to meet all of you this summer!
Sophomore, Biomedical Engineering
I have a feeling no matter what your major is you are going to fall in love with this school. Madison is so big which makes it kind of overwhelming at first, but I promise you will find your niche. With so many people and so many things to join, there is always more to discover! My favorites have been finding clubs like Engineers Without Borders, Navigators and (of course) Wisconsin Hoofers; but also just exploring with friends, taking lots of pictures along the lakeshore, and studying in the Discovery building. This is my first summer as a Basecamp leader, and I cannot wait for all the adventures! Basecamp is the start to all that you can discover about yourself at Madison!
Junior, Personal Finance
I love everything about UW-Madison as a school. I enjoy spending time with friends, on the Nordic ski team, in the running club, and studying all over campus. This is going to be my second summer as a Basecamp leader and I am so excited to be back. I did Basecamp myself as an incoming freshman myself, and it was such a great experience for me that I decided I wanted to share that experience with you guys. I made friends and memories through Basecamp that I will have forever! I’m so excited to meet everyone and have an awesome summer exploring the outdoors and learning about this amazing school. On Wisconsin!
Junior, Management and Human Resources, Certificate in Management and Entrepreneurship
I am a member of the Hoofer Ski and Snowboard Club and enjoy playing basketball, football, hiking and being active outdoors. I chose UW-Madison because of the amazing culture, academics, sports and opportunities for students to get involved with their interests. I went on a Basecamp trip as an incoming freshman and absolutely loved the experience, inspiring me to become a basecamp leader. My trip was an incredible time because the leaders gave advice on what to expect for the upcoming year, and I made friends that I am still close with today. Participating in Basecamp is one of the best choices you can make, and I am looking forward to meeting you all!
Junior, Statistics and Economics with Mathematical Emphasis
Working as a Basecamp leader combines my passions for the outdoors and UW-Madison in a very unique way. I want to help introduce every incoming freshman to UW, and having the opportunity to do that in an outdoor and active environment is awesome. When I was a senior in high school, I spent a month working with a trail crew along the Appalachian Trail in Maine, which was an incredibly enriching experience. When I was on Basecamp, I learned so much about student life on campus that I wouldn't have learned at SOAR or from my advisors. It gave me a much more realistic look into the daily life of a Badger. My advice to incoming freshman is to take in UW and the city of Madison with an opportunistic view. Try new things, explore the campus, the city, and its people. UW has so many great opportunities for students. As a freshman, it's important to try out every little thing that might interest you. My favorite place on campus is Memorial Union. It's awesome views right along the lake offer a great place to do homework, chill with friends, and get some of the best food on campus.