Personal Development

New Student Orientation

Personal Development
Preparing to succeed through life skills education beyond the classroom.

Badger Beginnings- "A Journey through the Athletic Department" (required for first year and transfer student-athletes)
An orientation which familiarizes first year and transfer student-athletes to the Office of Academic Services and the Office of Student-Athlete Development staff members and the services and programs they provide. Additionally, students are introduced to valuable athletic department and campus resources, meet student-athletes from other teams and receive advice during the first week of classes.

Life Skills Academy (LSA) - Counseling Psychology 115 (required for first year student-athletes)
A life skills course for all first year student-athletes that consists of peer- to-peer education on relevant life skills topics. This one credit course is an avenue to educate first year student-athletes on necessary transitional skills. Topics covered in the LSA vary each year but in the past have included time management, study skills, goal setting, nutrition, alcohol education, sexual wellness, finances and diversity and inclusion.

Personal Development Requirement (required for second and third year student-athletes)
As part of the student-athlete development curriculum second and third year students are required to attend a personal development workshop organized by the Office of Student-Athlete Development. The workshop topic varies but past workshops have focused on nutrition, finances, and bystander intervention training.

Badger Challenge
A competition for all UW varsity teams sponsored by the Office of Student-Athlete Development. Through the Badger Challenge, the teams and individuals who represent the complete student-athlete are rewarded. Student-athletes and teams earn points for Academic Achievement, Athletic Achievement, Personal Enhancement, On-Campus Learning, Community Outreach and SAAC and SAESO participation.

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