Off To College: Settling In


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Finally, you’ve arrived on campus.

After weeks of planning (okay, we know that you really stuffed your belongings in your car just hours before you left home) you’ve completed the transition from home to college. For college freshmen, you’re getting an early start, going through a lengthy orientation that you hope won’t drone on and on and on….

college studentsRegardless of whether you’re a new freshman arrival or a returning student, a lot may have changed at college since you last set foot on campus. One university in my area, NC State, is witnessing a overhaul of one of its most popular arteries, Hillsborough Street, which means that construction delays will be in effect until the first phase of the project has been completed September 2010. A much more pedestrian friendly road will emerge, but in the meantime students will need to find other ways of getting around campus.

The days between arriving on campus and the start of classes can be an excellent opportunity for students to scope out the lay of the land. Use this free time to:

Campus Tour – What buildings are open and which buildings have new entrances? On campus construction could mean that you’ll need to allow more time to get to class, so make note of which buildings you’ll be using and find alternative routes to them.

Food Stops – On campus cafeterias and food courts are one way you’ll be refreshing yourself, but maybe the most popular place for students is a nearby bistro or coffee shop. Other popular stops may include a grocery store, used book store, sub shop, etc.

Recreation, Entertainment – Where will you go to unwind once classes start? A nearby pub (drinking age is 21), movie theater, sporting events, etc. will be among the many off and on campus activities available for students. The larger your school, the more that you’ll find but be careful going out alone at night – not every school is as safe as you think that it is.

New Friends – Some of your friends will include classmates and dorm buddies, but where else will can you go to meet up with people? Fraternities and sororities are popular as are student clubs, volunteer opportunities, nearby churches and town wide events. There is no reason for you to not to get involved and with those people you feel most comfortable being around.

Best wishes with this academic year. Please keep following SayCampusLife during the months ahead to keep up with college related news and happenings.

Adv. – With the start of college imminent, do you have all of your finances in order? If not, you may need to secure a private student loan to help close the financing gap. Please visit for review your private student loan options.


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