times during the week, students on the UWSP campus pass by or walk through a
group of prospective college freshman. More often than not, these groups of
high school seniors with their parents look lost and confused as the tour
guides answer questions and show them the campus.
the students merely try to look dazed and confused while hiding behind the
green folders that are given to them because they are embarrassed to walk
around with their parents. All in all, a tour guide’s job can be a difficult
one. Being terrorized by parent questions and having to deal with current UWSP
students is an everyday occurrence for them.
guides Alyssa Sanfilipo, Alex Wouters and Rachel Siebers covered their most
memorable, funniest and worst tours.
commented on the many questions she receives from parents. She said most of the
answers should be common sense.
had a parent ask what the drinking policy was for underage students and if
parents could drink in the residents halls on move-in day,” Siebers said. “I
was asked how many guns could be kept in a room. When I told them about the
armory, they disregarded my comment and asked if they would get in trouble if
they kept their rifle in their closet.”
explained that larger groups tend to have more questions that could be
considered ‘stupid,’ but when there is a smaller group, parents and students
are quite shy.
from the questions asked, a big part of the tour is in the residence halls to
see what a room looks like. Students and their parents often ask many question
at this point in the tour. Wouters remembered a recent tour where a mother
showed concern for her son.
weeks ago, I was with a group of about 10 people. We were finishing up our tour
with me showing them what a room would look like in the residence hall,”
Wouters said. “I was discussing how the roommate situation worked and how in
all the residence halls there are all-female, all-male and co-ed floors. As I
was finishing up, one of the mothers asked the following: ‘Are males and
females able to interact in the residence halls? I don’t want my son being
the culture of Wisconsin, it is almost expected that a lot of the comments or
questions about the school are going to be about drinking. Wouters said he has
parents and students ask how the party scene is on campus because they are
looking for a good party school with relaxed underage penalties.
Sanfilippo’s case, one of her tours happened to fall at the beginning of
a group of high school students on the Friday of Homecoming weekend. The group
went outside, and we were standing in front of Hansen, and there was a guy swaying—obviously
drunk already. It was only 12:30,” Sanfilippo said. “All of sudden, I look at
the guy, and he just leans over and vomits all over the patio, and the whole
group is staring at him. Half of the group is laughing, and the other half is
having already lost the attention of her group, finished her story with the guy
looking up after vomiting. Instead of just walking away, he simply took a bow
in front of her group for his performance. Her Homecoming tour would not end
were finishing the tour and coming out of the back of Baldwin after looking at
the showroom,” Sanfilippo said. “We walked out, and some guys yelled out their
windows from Steiner at the group saying, ‘Jell-O shots for boobies!’ Two of
the high school guys from my group at that point then said they wanted to
attend school here.”
doubt that for many outsiders, these stories will be funny in some way. Tour
guides give the first impression many incoming students have of this
university, and they deal with a lot of odd situations that are most likely difficult
to handle at first but end up being hilarious after.