by Chionte McGhee
1. Visit the campus before the move-in date
My first time exploring the campus was on move-in date. After my uncle spent the day with me checking in, dorm shopping, and setting up my dorm, we did some sightseeing and then I was on my own. That night I was invited to a campus event by some people from my residence hall, and I had a great time. Then I got lost. I spent over an hour searching for my residence hall and I didn’t get into my room until about 2 o’clock in the morning.
2. Buy out your room for the first semester
If you grew up siblings, you probably shared rooms and that is never easy. If your experience was anything like mine then spent a lot of time telling your little sister to stay out of your clothes, stay out of your make-up, and you never got any privacy. Now imagine having to do this with complete strangers. My advice, if you can afford it, is to pay the extra money for a private room for the first semester or two. Take time getting to know people by joining a few clubs. Make some friends, and then room with someone you’ve grown close with.
3. Do not eat at the food court after breaks
When the students go away for breaks, sometimes there is a surplus of food, and they do not throw it away. They keep the food until the following Monday and serve it to those students who remain. I’m not saying the food served exceeds the expiration date… but let’s just say I have my suspicions. To avoid food poisoning, stay away from the food court until after break when the entire student body is back on campus.
4. Leave home behind
I’m not saying to completely go AWOL on everyone, but if you have one of those things called a boyfriend or girlfriend it is better to end it the summer before you leave. I can almost guarantee that by the time fall break arrives, your relationship will be over. And it will happen without either one of you ever admitting to one another. You will also have to understand and make others understand that this is the beginning of the rest of your life. This is the time for you to branch out from your family tree and start the process of building new friends and a new life.by