First-Year Registration and Orientation is underway for first-year students attending UW-Stout this fall. During FYRO, students work with their adviser, select their classes, pick up their UW-Stout laptop and BlueCard, and learn ways to get involved at the university.
Enrollment is still open. In-person and virtual FYRO dates are available in July and August:
- On-campus orientation dates: Friday, July 8; or Friday, Aug. 5
- Virtual orientation dates: Wednesday, July 27; Friday, July 29, or Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Students and student supporters may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-232-1465 for assistance.
A first-generation perspective
Albricht grew up in Colfax and graduated with her degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management in 2003, knowing that she wanted to work in restaurants. But COVID-19 changed her career path and led her to find a better life-balance for family time working with Admissions. Albricht has been with Admissions for nine months.
“UW-Stout had my program. And it was the best in the state and at that time, number four in the country,” she said. She still helps a friend with a catering business now and then to continue part of her passion.
Seefeldt, from Spencer, graduated in 2008 with her degree in psychology. She has been with Admissions for three years. As a high school student, when she was first looking at colleges, she chose UW-Stout because of the campus size, calling it the best of both worlds.
“It is such a wonderful, supportive community,” Seefeldt said. “I was a first-generation student and at times didn’t think I could do it – or didn’t think I was worthy of a college education. So, it is incredibly fulfilling in my career to help someone pursue their passion and start that huge, life-changing step of higher education.”
Admissions Director Joan Ebnet was also a first-generation student and knows how important it is to meet students where they are and to create an open and inclusive environment.
“We need to think in our day-to-day work of how we can provide services and support to those students, and all students, in ways that weren’t available when we were in college,” she said.
Ask questions and get involved
The number one piece of advice that Albricht, Lor and Seefeldt give to students is to ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
“College is an investment in time and money – so don't be afraid to ask questions,” Lor said. “It is okay to not know what you want to do for the rest of your life. You are not alone. Surround yourself in a community where you feel you belong and are safe and welcomed.”
They also like to remind students to get involved in and outside of the classroom.
“The hands-on approach is huge, and there are so many networking opportunities on campus that it’s easy to find a job within your passion,” Albricht said. “Yes, it’s college. But you are supposed to enjoy it too.”
Lor agreed. She likes to ask students, “Do you learn better by doing? Stout is a polytechnic institution with three times more labs than classrooms.
"You will get that hands-on experience through activities, being in labs, studios, and using similar machines and equipment like what industries are using.”
Seefeldt thinks that first-year students who get involved can maximize their college experience by taking every opportunity that comes their way – from the performing arts to studying abroad, collaborating on faculty research to joining student organizations.
“Step outside of your comfort zone and do things you’ve never done before, because in 10 years from now those are the things you’re going to remember most,” she said.
Other alumni in the Admissions Office include Associate Director Linda Young, and specialists Sarah Klick and Samantha Secraw.