There are way more than nine things to do before you start your first day of college, but here is a list of my top picks for what you should absolutely do to have the best first day possible!
1. Check your email (or don’t)
As soon as you get your Ohio State email address (@buckeymail.osu.edu) make sure you’re checking it for important information before classes start. If you have trouble remembering to log on, follow different Ohio State accounts on your favorite social media platforms to help you stay in the loop and remind you to keep checking that email!
2. Make friends
Another wonderful thing about the Internet Age is that you can start making friends before you even move in! A great place to meet other Buckeyes is at orientation, so make sure you get their Twitter and Instagram handles and keep in touch over the summer. In some areas, Ohio State alumni will also hold “send-off” parties, and those are great opportunities to meet other students from your region.
3. Connect your devices
The first time you log onto the campus Wi-Fi (osuwireless) takes a little longer than usual. Make sure to set this up as soon as you get to campus so that when you need to tweet something witty or insightful in the moment, you won’t be delayed by login screens.
Also, don’t forget to download the Ohio State affiliated apps to your phone and/or tablet. These give you access to the wifi, bus routes, event times, athletics, and more!
4. Explore campus
The Columbus campus is pretty big, so it would be a good idea to walk around a little so you can get a feel for where different buildings/interest points are located.
5. Ride the bus
As an Ohio State student you can ride both CABS (Campus Area Bus Service) and COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority) buses for free. Try riding them before you start classes so you don’t have to stress about figuring it out for the first time when you’re in a time crunch. Remember, everyone makes mistakes. (I, for example, exited from the front of the bus at least six times before someone pointed out to me that everyone is supposed to exit out the back!)
6. Find food
There are a lot of options for food within walking distance, so you won’t have to worry about going hungry. Two great places to look are in the Ohio Union and High Street, which runs right next to campus.
7. Find your classes
You don’t want to be late on the first day, so make sure you go and find where all your classes are after you move in. Starting college can be stressful, so don’t let getting lost be an additional stressor.
8. Get some Buckeye swag
You’re a Buckeye now, so it’s time to get loud and proud. Stop by one of the campus bookstores and get you some scarlet and gray!
9. Don’t forget the “The”
The one, the only, THE Ohio State University!
Thanks for reading my list, and I hope these tips help you to make a smooth transition to life as a buckeye. Go Bucks!
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