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Tips to survive your first year at ASU

With a big campus and tons of people, you may need some guidance

Published: Thursday, September 8, 2011

Updated: Thursday, September 8, 2011 14:09

Freshman versus Ice Machine

Trevor Scudder

Now that school has been in session for over two weeks, you have figured out some things that have worked for you and some things that haven't worked.

    We were all freshmen once-upon-a-time. And in order to survive your first year at ASU, there's a few things you should know when on campus.

•    Just because we have an "all-you-can-eat" buffet-style cafeteria, doesn't mean you eat all you can. This is how the freshman 15 is gained.

•    Do not park anywhere on campus besides your designated parking lot. You will get a ticket if you're caught parking somewhere else on campus between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Drive the speed limit. UPD will pull you over. And don't think you can get out of it. You can't. So "obey the sign. Or pay the fine."

•    Do not piggy-back the car in front of you when entering a gated parking lot. It is illegal and dangerous. In case you don't know, piggy-backing is when you ride the person's bumper in front of you through the gate.

•    At the four way stop of Aggie Road and University Loop, wait your turn to go. But do so in a timely manner. If you aren't sure who stopped first, slowly start entering the intersection. But beware that the other drivers may be doing the same.

•     If you see a door that says "Emergency Exit Only," do not go out those doors. They will set an alarm off and you will be embarrassed.

•    Always travel in groups. Not huge groups but groups of three or more. It's safer and you're less likely to get run over when crossing the street if you're in a group.

•    Use crosswalks. Especially in front of the Red W.O.L.F. Center. Drivers can't always see people crossing the street at night. But since crosswalks are marked by bright yellow signs, drivers tend to slow down around those areas.

•    Do not stop in the middle of the hallway to talk to a friend.

•    Do not walk slowly. Older students know exactly how long it takes them to get from point A to point B and no, they will not leave a few minutes earlier just so they can walk slowly to class behind you.

•     If you can't find your class or building, ask. Older students aren't going to bite your head off. Plus, they can probably tell you which buildings to cut through so you can get there faster instead of having to walk around every building.

•    If you're afraid of gaining the dreadful freshman 15, hit the gym with a friend.

•    Beware of bikers, golf-carts,  Segways and trucks on the sidewalks.

•    Learn your building names and structures around campus. I.e. the arch, the circle courtyard in front of the Communications Building, the fountain, and such.

•    Turn your cell phone off while you're in class unless you have a legit reason for it to be on. No, a legit reason is not ‘my boyfriend is supposed to call me when he gets out of class.' A legit reason is like someone is about to have a baby or is in the hospital.

•    PDA: It quit being cool in high school and even then it wasn't that cool.

•    Go to class. Don't skip because you stayed out and partied too much the night before class. Yes, it's fun to party and meet tons of people whose names you probably won't even remember the next day, but in order for you to stay at school and party, you need to keep your GPA up so you can return to school and get a degree amongst your partying.

•    Get plenty of rest. This will help you focus better and will hopefully stop you from skipping class.

•    As you already know, the lines in the café can get extremely long. You may not always have time to grab something quick in between your gap of classes. So, grab a snack from your room in case you get hungry and don't have time to run in the café. You will soon learn when the best times are to go into the café for lunch or dinner without having to wait 20 minutes in line.

•    Get involved on campus. There are plenty of clubs and organizations for every interest. You can make tons of friends while doing something you love.

•    If school is becoming too stressful for you, talk to a friend, a counselor, a professor or your parents. They can keep you on track and hopefully give you some encouraging advice to get you through.

    Hopefully these tips will help you make your first year here at ASU more enjoyable and less stressful. Have a great year.


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