Following Molly: A new student's first day

Sept. 3, 2013

Molly Sequin of Howard, Wis., is in good company: She’s one of more than 7,500 first-year and transfer students who are getting to know campus one day at a time this semester — and Sept. 3 was a biggie: the first day of classes. Granted, she had attended SOAR, and a MadBiology BootCamp held last week, and her three sisters are currently Badgers, so the UW is a little bit familiar. Photographer Jeff Miller of University Communications tagged along with Sequin and posted 15 photos of her day.

Photo: Checking messages 6:40 p.m. Molly checks phone messages as she leaves open crew practice for the UW Women's Rowing and heads along Temin Lakeshore Path returing to her residence hall.

Photo: Post-practice run 6:08 p.m. Two-mile practice run following an orientation and open crew practice for the UW Women's Rowing? No problem. Molly, at left, is ready to go.

Photo: Door 4:34 p.m. The residence hall door for roommates Sarah Mueller and Molly Sequin is already already adorned with a little personality. The message, "stop taking so long to change" was jokingly left by a friend for Molly.

Photo: Peer mentors 4:21 p.m. Left of center, Molly, and a few of her classmates ask questions of undergraduate-peer mentor Qwateesha Stephens, seated at center, following a Biology 100 discussion class in Van Hise Hall.

Photo: Discussion 2:54 p.m. Molly, left, takes notes during her Biology 100 class in Sterling Hall. The class,taught by a team of professors and teaching assistants, is followed by a smaller-group discussion format.

Photo: Back to LIz 1:59 p.m. Molly back stops at her room before heading to her next class. Even though she has been on campus for a week. she says "it still feels a little weird" to think of her room as her new home base.

Photo: Lunch with siblings 12:55 p.m. Molly and her three siblings -- all Badgers -- meet for lunch at The Sett in Union South. Clockwise from lower left are Liz, a senior studying rehabilitation psychology; Chelsea, a senior studying industrial engineering; Katie, a junior studying economics and international studies; and Molly.

Photo: Call to mom 11:45 a.m. Back in her room, Molly talks to her mom, Jane Sequin. They chat about her first class and -- creating a story within a story -- this coverage of Molly's day.

Photo: Class schedules 10:47 a.m. Molly, right, and roommate Sarah Mueller, left of center, compare class schedules as Mueller waits for her astronomy class to start in Sterling Hall.

Photo: Finding class 10:36 a.m. Molly reviews her course schedule before heading to class. First lesson learned when she visited a professor’s office in Van Hise Hall: It’s not the same as Sterling Hall, where she meant to be.

Photo: Molly and her roommate 10:24 a.m. Back at her room in Elizabeth Waters Hall, Molly, left, checks in with her roommate, Sarah Mueller. The two are best friends from high school.

Photo: Closet 10:24 a.m. A Badger fan at heart, Molly’s residence hall closet is packed full of Wisconsin-branded clothing – more than half of her wardrobe, she guesses.

Photo: Class 10:02 a.m. Following a brief round of introductions in her Math 211 class, Molly discovers that she and classmate Lisa Haas, right, know another person from the same family.

Photo: Charter St. stairs 9:48 a.m. Molly climbs the steps toward Van Vleck Hall for her first class, a discussion group for Math 211.

Photo: Lakeshore Path 8:35 a.m. Before attending her first class Sept. 3, Molly greets the new day with a bike ride on the Temin Lakeshore Path along Lake Mendota.