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    [–] What was your most valuable/used item you brought with you? sigglet 3 points ago in peacecorps

    Voltaic systems solar panel, i didn't have electricity for about 9 months (probably could've installed it sooner but whatever) and used it to keep my phone and some portable batteries charged. Worked like a charm, i still use it

    [–] What do you think of when you hear "Volvo"? sigglet 1 points ago in Benin

    You're probably going to be hard pressed to find a Beninese person with an opinion on volvo that also speaks English and is looking at this specific subreddit

    [–] UW Madison Names for Stuff sigglet 44 points ago in UWMadison

    We don’t really have “quad” but we do have different areas where everyone congregates

    [–] Tips and tricks for taking good pictures of yourself sigglet 7 points ago in TheGirlSurvivalGuide

    I’m not sure exactly what you mean, but it’s easy to set your phone up with a self timer and take pictures that way. I do it pretty frequently and I really enjoy it! You just need to mess around with the setup. It takes some time and putzing around but yea, there’s no limit on how many times you take to get it right when you’re doing it on your own! If you’re looking for anything more specific then you can look up DIY boudoir photography, there’s some great sources online with examples of camera/phone setups (i take my pictures on my phone and I don’t have a tripod) and it’s pretty helpful.

    [–] I had a quadruple mini banana this morning sigglet 1 points ago in mildlyinteresting

    They taste exactly the same. I buy them because that is what is available in my region of the world!

    [–] I had a quadruple mini banana this morning sigglet 1 points ago in mildlyinteresting

    It’s a classroom setup. I was sitting in the second row! Unconventional classroom, i might add.

    [–] I had a quadruple mini banana this morning sigglet 12 points ago in mildlyinteresting

    They were good! They tasted like normal bananas.

    [–] I had a quadruple mini banana this morning sigglet 3 points ago in mildlyinteresting

    No worries i was in a classroom it is okay

    [–] What is it like being a community health and youth services promoter? sigglet 3 points ago in peacecorps

    There’s not a ton of structure but you have a general idea of what you should be doing. Your host org will probably have some things outlined for you (hopefully). Pre service training will go over the most important health information for your area. You’ll go over the most common illnesses + their prevention + how to effectively pass that information on to local people.

    It has a medium amount of structure, if that makes sense. It’s a lot of work but you don’t quite have to pave your own way. You have a general set of goals to work toward. How exactly you want to get there is up to you.

    [–] Is there winter bicycle storage on campus? sigglet 7 points ago in UWMadison

    Theres a place underneath college library, it’s pretty well covered but you’ll have to check it periodically

    [–] How do I figure out which textbooks I need? sigglet 2 points ago in UWMadison

    No problem, enjoy your freshman year!!

    [–] How do I figure out which textbooks I need? sigglet 4 points ago in UWMadison

    Intro language: you need the book and probably the online code. Expensive, be ready to spend ~$120

    English classes: wait for first week

    Chem: i would guess you need to buy them? I never had to take chem but i think there is an online code as well. Also expensive

    Math: ?????, i never took a math class at Madison

    Professors will usually shoot you an email a week or so before class starts with necessary info. They also are usually lenient with the book (if it is mandatory) in the first two weeks or so of class and will upload copies of the first few chapters to Canvas. That is so you can have time to both get the book and maybe drop the class if you decide you don’t like it.

    As for which books specifically, it’s in your student center. It’s mid July, so they might not be posted yet!

    This is from memory, but here is a description:

    Student center >drop down menu(left of your schedule)>textbooks.

    It will have the list for all your classes and you copy and paste the ISBN number into amazon/chegg/wherever you get your books for that exact copy. If you can, avoid buying books from the book store on campus!!! They charge top dollar, although it is convenient. Chegg is wonderful, amazon rentals are good, local bookstores, etc depending on what you are looking for. Note that I majored in Geography and environmental studies, so my experience may have been different!

    [–] Condoms & Religion sigglet 64 points ago in peacecorps

    If that is your honest outlook then you shouldn’t work in developing countries as a PC volunteer. Sorry about your religious beliefs, but safe sex has undeniable benefits. If you work in a secondary school you will almost certainly run youth groups where you talk about things like safe sex for their own personal safety. It’s a huge part of what peace corps does, and you said it yourself- there are lots of legitimate reasons to teach about it. Why would you limit their knowledge of something so important? People are going to have sex, let them know how to do it safely. If you’re uncomfortable with it, then you should work in a different field.

    [–] Can I Serve Without my Degree? sigglet 1 points ago in peacecorps

    Nobody ever asked me anything about graduating before i left. I never had to send transcripts or anything...I’m not sure, but you should ask a recruiter

    [–] Transferring back into the School of Business? sigglet 3 points ago in UWMadison

    This is a question for your advisor- either your L&S one or your former business advisor. Shoot them an email

    [–] Exchange student-best place to live? sigglet 1 points ago in UWMadison

    Here is the sublet page

    You can look through that and see if you can pick up a sublet. Location doesn’t matter so much as who you live with- you can make a post and let people know your interests, or scroll through posts and look to see if anybody needs someone to take over a lease.

    If you want to be closer to bars, then i would suggest living around State Street/southeast part of campus.

    Otherwise, there lots of clubs on campus and a lot of ways to meet people. I became friends with a couple of girls from the UK through the Wisconsin Exploration Club (WEC) as well as the Geography Club. I guess it depends on your major and interests, but IMO location isn’t as important as your friend group!