August 24th, 2009 Jamie
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Here’s a little more “first-weeks” advice for you. (Check out the first installment here.)
Map it Out
Freaking about getting lost on your way to your first class? Take this opportunity to explore your campus a little. Sample the dining hall foods–we had two cafs that were far superior to the rest–check out the art collection or weird buildings, find the best coffee cart, visit the library, and learn a little about the layout of your school. It may feel like you’ll never remember where everything is, but after a few weeks you’ll feel much more at home.
…and if you’re really nervous, map out your classes and head out to find them a day or two before. It’s better than showing up a half an hour late for your first-ever college class. (But if you are lost the first day, most profs are pretty understanding–after all, you’ve never done this college thing before!)
Open Door Policy
Want to meet your floormates ASAP? Don’t lock yourself in your room! If you’re just hanging out, leave your door open so you can talk to people walking by, and say hi to your neighbors when you’re headed off to the caf (and if you’re feeling brave, invite that cute guy or girl in the elevator to join you).
While you’ve still got Mom & Dad (and their credit cards) around, you may as well hit the grocery store for some healthy–or at least yummy–snacks for the inevitable late-night hunger pangs. (Unlike your parents’ kitchen, school cafs have a closing time!)
Grab a good selection non-perishables like ramen noodles or Easy Mac, granola bars, or other favorite snacks to last you through the first semester!
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