Just like most students at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, I find myself constantly raving to my friends back home about how unbelievable my college experience has been. I also constantly find myself saying that I go to the best school in the entire country.
It’s difficult to put into words everything that I love about UW-Madison, which is why I love it when my friends come to visit me because I can finally show them all the amazing things this school has to offer. Between the Capitol, the Farmer’s Market, ‘Jump Around,’ the football games, State Street, the restaurants, lunch on the Terrace at Lake Mendota, the Lakeshore Path, the food carts and the many other attractions of UW-Madison, there is no question that this school is the best school in the entire country.
There is a certain pressure felt when I have visitors; I want to make sure that when they return to their school they’re suddenly disappointed in what it has to offer and, whether they admit it or not, they secretly wish they were still in Madison. To make sure your visitors leave wanting more, it is important to hit up all of the best parts of Madison during their visit. It is essential to a visitors’ experience that they see State Street, the Capitol, a tailgate and football game, eat a Mac n’ Cheese slice at Ian’s, cheese curds at Graze and enjoy ice cream by Lake Mendota.
When visitors arrive they should first take a long walk down State Street, stop in Kilwins if they need a quick treat or pick up a sweater at Bop if they didn’t believe you when you said Madison was freezing. As you are making your way toward the Capitol, definitely make sure to stop in Ian’s and pick up a slice of Madison’s famous Mac n’ Cheese pizza. Head toward the Capitol and eat by Capitol Square, it’s the perfect view down State Street.
On Saturday there is no place you’d rather be than Camp Randall Stadium. Here visitors get a true sense of Wisconsin’s pride, spirit and love for its school. It is a key part to your visitors’ true Wisconsin experience that you make sure they are getting involved in every last chant and that they don’t miss a second of ‘Jump Around.’ At this point during their visit if they were at all hesitant about coming to Wisconsin, after attending a Badgers football game they most definitely will want to transfer.
After a long nap and a nice warm shower, a visitor must experience a delicious meal at The Old Fashioned or Red Sushi. The bacon cheeseburger or spicy salmon over crispy rice will put their average cafeteria food to shame. Don’t forget to stop by the Terrace after for some ice cream and a beautiful view of Lake Mendota and the sunset.
On the sad last day of a visitor’s stay in Madison, make sure he or she enjoys whatever you believe makes this school the best school in the entire country. Whether it be lounging on Bascom, getting another peice of that delicious Mac n’ Cheese pizza, or alternatively working out at CYC Fitness, show your visitors the reasons you never want to leave UW-Madison and why they should leave with a slight disappointment in their school.