Finding Your Way Around
The first week is a great time to wander around campus
and your new town. Your campus will no doubt offer tours, and it’s
a good idea to find out when they are and take one. Don’t worry
about getting lost. If you do, you’ll find a place that you never
would have found if you had a destination. Ask someone to come with
you and share the adventure. This is another great way to meet someone.
Look in the phone book or online for places that seem
interesting. If you’re a mall rat, find the local mall where you’re bound
to feel at home. Like sports? Find out what your new town offers
and then go check it out in person. Whatever you do, don’t get caught
up in watching TV, playing video games, or instant-messaging people
from back home. Start making new memories. It takes effort, but
it’s worth it. You’ll be glad all year that you took your first
week to check out your surroundings. Once you feel oriented, you
can relax and begin your classes feeling at home.
Remember: there’s a reason why you always hear older people saying,
“College was the best time of my life.” Or “If only I could relive
my college experience . . . ” While college truly is a life-changing
experience, it also is one of the most fun times of your life. The
bottom line on your first week of college is this: relax and have
fun. Your new life as a college student is just beginning. This
first week (and your first week of classes) is about as stressful
as it gets, but if you arrive prepared, you will have a great time.