Chicago native Ceara Milligan fell in love with Milwaukee as soon as she set foot onto Marquette’s grounds.
"From the moment I stepped on campus during my tour, I knew I belonged. I was so impressed by the friendly, lively atmosphere, the urban location, the helpfulness of the admissions staff, and the quality of life the students and faculty enjoyed there. I could go on and on with reasons why I wound up at MU, but it was the best decision I have ever made."
Milligan speaks highly of her time at Marquette and although her instant attraction to the university sparked an appreciation for the city, the College of Business’12 graduate didn’t truly fall in love with Milwaukee until moving back to her hometown following graduation.
Soon after settling again in Chicago, Milligan began to miss Milwaukee’s unique environment. She missed the at home feeling and comfort of Milwaukee’s warm and friendly embrace. She avoided that environment during her college search and was realizing that perhaps she didn’t want to return to it so quickly after college.
Although she was used to the hustle and bustle of Chicago she still desired to return to her collegiate roots for a pace that was a less congested. Milligan shares that one of the reasons why she became attracted to the university was for its size, the city was an unexpected bonus to her overall experience.
"My graduating class was comprised of 966 students. After attending a very overcrowded high school in the Chicago suburbs, I wanted to attend a smaller urban university. I love Milwaukee. It’s like a mini Chicago, just not as crowded and hectic."
Although Milligan explored Milwaukee during her time at Marquette, she wasn’t able to really venture out into the city during her acadmemic years. However, now she intends to enjoy life as a Milwaukeean to the fullest.
Now that Milligan has returned back to life in Cream City and ridden herself of a more concrete landscape, she is excited and hopeful to venture out more now that her academic schedule isn’t in the way.
"I have yet to go to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, and the Miller Brewery. I’ve also only been to Miller Park once. Whoops. Now that I’m back here, though, I have more time to visit all of the Milwaukee hot spots.”
Ceara Milligan’s Top Five
Joan of Arc Chapel
It’s a quiet spot on campus to attend mass, reflect, or just relax. The story behind the building and its namesake is also fascinating.
Any bars, restaurants, and shops on the Lower East Side of the city. Fun place to venture off campus!
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Attend Marquette, Bucks, and Admirals games, concerts, and other events.
Lake Michigan is gorgeous in the summertime. The beach is only a few miles away from campus.
All of the awesome music venues!
Summerfest Grounds, Turner Hall, The Riverside Theatre, Pabst Theatre, The Rave, to name a few… Surprising to some, Milwaukee has quite an eclectic music scene. If you love supporting live music, Milwaukee provides a lot of opportunities to attend great shows.