By Cameron | August 17, 2012
I’ve been asking myself that same question all somewhere. Whether its a road trip or a date on the calendar, my summer has been a lot of waiting, but the wait is over. I just moved into the newest, fanciest, dorm on campus. The 2012-2013 Maiden voyage of the Residence on tenth. And now that I’ve moved in, I have to get back into the swing of things at school.
I’ll be posting pictures of my amazing dorm and the views and how amazing it is soon, but now I’m kind of taking a break from the new sights. I flew in this morning just so I can relax from the hectic moving in process on sunday.
Because as an “upperclassmen” I have responsibilites now and stuff. So I wanted to get here also to buy textbooks, figure out where my classes are, and prepare for all the great freshmen activites.
So here’s a brief tip list from yours truly about surviving your first week at THE Ohio State University.
1. Classes are Important. Yes, there will be many distractions, but you’re here for an education. So go to your classes and try to be there early. Maybe you can meet someone and you’ll have a friend the semester to help you keep up with notes.
2. Textbooks. DON’T BUY TEXTBOOKS NOW. That was my number one mistake from last year. In my personal opinion, textsbooks are
A. Too expensive
B. Inconvient and not often needed.
In my opinion, its best to wait for the syllabus for your classes and then hear the expectations of your professor before you buy thousands of dollars of books. I mean you “could” but don’t have too. Last year, I had book that my professor said you don’t need. And I had several classes where the professor agreed that textbooks are way too expensive, so they reccommended gettign earlier versions, which can cut off hundreds of dollars. But thats just my opinion. If you’re taking a class like organic chemistry, (which I’m taking..) than obvioiusly you’ll need a book, but take time with getting books. You won’t have a test the first week.
3. Walk to find your classes. I mean literally, inside the building to the room. Last year, I was half an hour late to my first class because I assumed I knew the basic location of the building. Lesson learned, I’m going to walk my schedule every year.
4. Be friendly to everyone. Meet lots of people and learn names. OSU is a great place, and you can feel the energy wherever you are. You may not become best friends with the first people you meet, but its always nice to have familiar faces around and meeting people just leads to meeting more people. Even if you’re not amazingly outgoing , just be yourself, nice, and talk to people about their major, hometown, hobbies etc. And you’ll be making friends in no time.
5. And #5. Have fun. Have a lot of fun and enjoy everything. Convocation, Buck-I-Frenzy, the welcome week concert, and everything in between. This is your first time on campus as a student and its a lot of other peoples’ first time too, have fun and do things you usually wouldn’t do. And if you have a question, ask anyone. We’ve all been where you’ve been before.
And if you see me at convocation or anywhere, just say, “hi,” “I love your blog,” “you’re amazing.” Or any combination of those three. I’m really friendly and I’ll be working with a lot of freshmen this year.
I would love to personally tell you, “Welcome Home.”