By: Leann Bentley
From the second you step foot on campus, the University of Wyoming has a lot to offer. There are countless activities to participate in, hundreds of clubs to join, and limitless opportunities waiting for you. Put these 10 things at the top of your list of experiences you can't miss.
Do not miss out on all uw has to offer
- UW athletics brings out the best of us and the university, so don’t miss out.
Athletic events unite tens of thousands of people in Laramie. Not only are our teams great, but the atmosphere surrounding them is amazing too.
Tailgating for our Wyoming Cowboy football team will be more exciting than ever this year as War Memorial Stadium will host the 2015 national runner-up and Pac-12 Conference member Oregon Ducks, as well as Colorado State University in the much-anticipated Border War.
Volleyball, soccer, tennis, cross country, and golf will all begin their conference seasons shortly and will continue making Wyoming proud.
Remember, if you are a full-time student you are granted free admission to all sporting events. Schedules for all fall sports are listed here.
- There is a club for everything… but really, there is, so you might as well join one.
Recognized Student Organization’s (RSO's) are groups run by students. Even better, there are more than 270 recognized RSO’s on campus. If you can't find one that interests you, don’t stop there! In a few simple steps you can create your own club or organization and reap all the benefits.
Here are a few that have become very popular on campus for incoming students looking for something to do other than study.
- Fraternities and sororities are a great way to gain a second family and truly get involved on campus and in the community. Go Greek!
- Student Government is a great way to build your personal, political, and social skills. ASUW is the place to be if you want your voice to be heard.
- Interested in Zumba classes, biking, ab workouts, swimming, or yoga? There's nothing wrong with getting in shape- join these free classes and see what your body can do, while having fun of course!
Cooking classes, equestrian teams, ski clubs, dance groups, hockey and rugby squads - anything you can think of, UW offers.
- Don’t be the only one to not consume the infamous 2 a.m. Almanza’s Burrito.
Have you ever heard of the notorious Almanza’s? The 24-hour Mexican restaurant that seems to have its dinner rush Friday and Saturday nights from 1-3 a.m.? Well, if you haven’t been there, round up your friends, order some “Guac Fries” and learn to love the early hours of a college town.
- A street dance to rival Laramie's Jubilee Days
Every year, Laramie comes together to host three nights of merrymaking during July. The goal is to get #Jubilated. The time has come and gone for this year’s street dances, however, the University of Wyoming and Laramie Main Street Alliance are collaborating in hosting their own “Downtown Mashup.” Where, wait for it… the streets are blocked off, the bands are singing at the top of their lungs and hundreds of college kids are living their best life - just like Jubilee Days. Don’t miss this year’s Downtown Mashup on Sept. 15th, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.- it will be a weekend you will talk about for years to come.
- You have to go to Medicine Bow Peak and hike to the top. You’ll thank me later.
Medicine Bow is a strange name, but not a strange place. The Earth did some amazing work to create this beautiful landscape deep in the Wild West; we should frequent it like people frequent Instagram - all the time. Climbing to the top gives you “views” better than Drake’s album and will definitely make you forget all the haters that say Wyoming isn’t beautiful. This is the place to be if you are an outdoor lover. It truly makes you believe that everything is good in the world, all the while breathing in fresh, cold air at 12,000 feet.
Warning: 12,000 feet is an extremely high altitude and makes it really hard to breathe. So, bring lots of water and don’t freak out when your lungs start to burn, it’s all good fun.
Additionally, UW's outdoor program is constantly taking trips up to the mountains, so don't miss out on the great opportunities lead by experts.
Sunrise to Sunset, There is Always Something To Do in Laramie
- Big Screen, Chris Pratt, Football Field? Interested yet?
This year, UW is hosting a movie on the field. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" which will be playing from the massive scoreboards at War Memorial field and popcorn and drinks will be served. Grab a blanket, a friend, and get ready to watch one of the best movies of the year under the Laramie stars on Friday, Sept. 1st from 9-11 p.m.
For more information on events like this, visit the Cowboy Connect page.
- Skater Guy is an absolute legend in the hearts of students at UW. I recommend sitting in Prexy's Pasture and watching him rip it on his skateboard- maybe even ask him for a selfie.
Skater Guy, a.k.a Matt Groathouse, has been frequenting the campus ever since he graduated from UW. His skills are unattainable and he brings entertainment to all students and staff on those days when there are too many papers to write and not enough coffee in the world. Take a seat and watch him kick-flip, twirl, and skate around to the beat of his own heart.
Uniting a Small Town With Brown and Gold
- Homecoming is NOT just a high school thing. A college homecoming is bigger, more fun, and definitely an event you do not want to miss.
UW Homecoming’s not only brings students, staff, and the entire community of Laramie together, it also brings alumni in from across the state and country for a weekend of smiles, cheering, reminiscing and lots of Brown and Gold.
Parade’s and football games- can it get any more American than that? The Cowboys will be facing off in War Memorial Stadium and the parade will wind down miles of Gem City streets to showcase everything the university has to offer.
Students will go around town and share their amazing hearts in the community service driven “Big Event” and a contest determines which group can push a car the furthest up the windindg stadium ramps.
It’s a weekend that brings out the best of Laramie and you certainly do not want to be locked in the library studying during this extraordinary time.
- Something about a fresh peach at the local farmers market really hits the spot.
Every Friday, Laramie Main Street Alliance hosts its annual farmer’s market downtown, which brings some of the best food your taste buds will ever be graced with. From cupcakes to peaches, from kettle corn to homemade breads and pastries, everything is worth the money. And, every purchase is going towards local farmers and bakers - what better way to spend your time and few extra dollars!
- You have to go to Vedauwoo, I’m serious. It is one of the most refreshing places you'll ever visit.
Vedauwoo is the perfect place to hike, climb, take pictures, have picnics, and watch the sunset. The formation of the rocks are breathtaking and once you scramble to the top you have a 360 degree view of the paradise in which the university is located. I would make sure this destination is at the top of your college bucket list.