As a 2008 AARO Leader, a Mustang Corral director this year and a rising senior, I have seen all sorts of things in the New Student Orientation and Student Support Office and around campus. Students of all kinds come through our campus, and they all have one thing in common: They are excited to start the next part of their lives as college students.
I have a few tips for those excited new students arriving at SMU this August:
• To start, sign up online and go to Mustang Corral – it is most definitely one of my favorite parts of the school year every year!
The student leaders look forward to meeting all of the incoming students, and as directors, we work hard all summer to plan an awesome weekend for everyone involved. The weekend is packed with all sorts of fun activities and offers new students the opportunity to meet tons of new friends before the first day of classes. Walking into that big statistics lecture hall is far less nerve-racking when you recognize other faces in the room.
• Next, breakfast is served from 7 to 9 am weekdays at Umphrey Lee; I highly suggest getting up at least once a week for breakfast at the dining hall.
Umph’s breakfast is so good, with an omelet bar, pancakes, waffles, sausage, and hash browns. Not to mention the endless cereal and juice options, my favorite! 7-9 is early for college students who keep late hours, but nothing makes it easier to get out of bed than a tempting breakfast with tons of food to choose from. Check it out!
• I really wish someone had shared this tip with me when I started college. During your first week of classes, go visit your professors during their office hours. They will appreciate the time you take to say hi and introduce yourself. Let them know how excited you are about the semester and ask them if they have any tips for you. You may be surprised what you find out.
Also, it is never too early to start building relationships with people on campus; you will be here for the next four years!
• This tip is simple but frequently forgotten: Call home! Your family is excited for you to be in college, too! They are also nervous and eager to hear how living on your own for the first time is going. Try not to forget about them – they want to know that you are doing well. Call home every few days during the first semester to put their minds at ease.
• This final tip is a must: Go Boulevarding! No college campus anywhere knows how to tailgate like SMU! Tents line the parkway in the center of campus, and tons of students, alumni, staff and faculty show up for a good time. So get out to the Boulevard on game day and support the team!
Don’t forget to look for Peruna!