A Late Introduction to College

It has been about two months since I’ve moved in at Rutgers, and here is a list of things I learned. (Side note: this is super late because it is in the nature of a student to procrastinate).

1. Your dorm won’t be perfect on move-in day. Chances are, it will take a couple
days to get settled and organize everythings.
2. APPROACH PEOPLE! Almost everyone at college is looking for new friends and are generally kind souls. Say hi to everyone, everywhere – on the dining hall lines, on the bus, in the lounges, so on and so forth.
3. Please, please, please, check myRutgers before the first day of class. Many professors post syllabi and other resources before classes starts, and some things are mandatory!
4. On a related note, also check your e-mail. This will be immensely helpful with class updates, clubs, etc. On Tuesday, for example, I went to a class at 8:10 AM that I did not know was cancelled because I didn’t check my e-mail.
5. Rutgers is a huge school with a lot of people. As a result, there are a lot of fun events that you should try to go to every now and then. This is a great way to meet new people and get involved in the community.
6. Review for every class after each class. This saves you a lot of stress during midterm month when you basically know what’s going on and you don’t have to cram.
7. Give yourself enough time to get from place to place. Rutgers is a huge place, and there are four campuses. I usually leave at least half an hour early if I need to get from one campus to another just to be sure I am definitely going to get somewhere on time.
8. Learn to walk fast. This will inevitably become useful when your classroom is 10 minutes away but you only have 5 minutes to get there.
9. Eat out everyone in a while. This doesn’t have to be at a fancy restaurant. Just grabbing a couple of your friends and going to another dining hall will suffice.
10. Join a club. There are so many clubs. Literally. So many. I recommend joining a mixture of professional and social clubs. For example, join a business organization to prepare yourself for professional life but also join a dance club to have fun.
11. Take car of your body. Everything seems much, much worse when you are running on 2 hours of sleep, and you haven’t eaten all day.

That’s it for now. Until next time. 🙂

-JC