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Important Dates on the University Calendar: First Semester

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Freshman year of college, it is important to stay updated on every important date on the university calendar. In your first semester (or first quarter) everything is still so new, and you may forget important dates if you do not stay organized and mark your calendar accordingly ahead of time.

Freshman Orientation

Depending on your university, freshman orientation will either be over the summer or in the fall right before classes start. If orientation is right before school starts, it could be either before or during Welcome Week, when many students head up to campus to hang out and get settled in for the year. To keep from getting the two mixed up, check when your orientation date is. This will ensure that you are on campus at the correct time and do not get penalized for missing important information.

The First Day of Class

As most students will arrive on campus at least a week before classes begin, your move-in date in the dorms is not a clear indicator of when classes actually begin. The first day of class is crucial to attend, as many professors relay important information for the year and will remove students from the class if they are not present, so make sure you know the date and don’t miss it!

Fall Study Break

Depending on your university, you may or may not have a fall study break sometime in October or November. Many students go home for fall break, and the farther ahead you plan, you will be able to find the cheapest available travel options. Also, if you have exams or papers due around your fall break, it is helpful to know that you have the extra time to study.

Thanksgiving Break

Depending on your university, you will have a different number of days off for Thanksgiving break. Some schools give students and faculty the entire week for vacation whereas others have a vacation that starts Wednesday at 5 pm the night before the holiday. Find out when your Thanksgiving break is early, and just like fall break, you will be able to book your travel arrangements early to get the best deals.

Final Exams

Every class will have final exams at different times in a week or two week period. It is important to find out when your exams are early in the semester so you can plan your study schedule accordingly.

When Grades Are Due

It is helpful to know when grades are due because some professors like to take their time while they’re grading. You may get frustrated if your grades are not posted right away, so knowing when the deadline is will help you stay in-the-know on when to expect them to be posted.

3 Things I Wish I’d Known as a College Freshman

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Editor’s Note: This is the final edition of our “3 Things I Wish I’d Known as a College Freshman” Series. Be sure to revisit the others here, here, and here.

3 Things I Wish I'd KnownCollege can be one of the greatest four (or five) year span of young adulthood. When you start out as a freshman, there are so many new things going on, it is sometimes hard to navigate the murky waters of college life. There is certainly no right answer or perfect college experience, but here are three things that I wish I had known as a freshman that may make your time at school a little better!

1. You are in charge. By this I mean, you have the power to create your own destiny. Be proactive with this power and seek out opportunities. I expected my professors to invite me to their office hours if I was having trouble in class. I expected exciting extra-curricular opportunities to land on my doorstep. No such luck. I realized later than I would have liked that it was up to me to take the initiative to contact my professors in order to get to know them and how they thought I was doing. It was up to me to pick an interest and either find a club that I could join or start one if it didn’t exist. I was in charge, and I try to remember that to this day as I live life post-graduation.

2. It’s about the journey, not the destination. College, to me, meant a rigorous new grading system that had to be conquered. I tended to focus on grades instead of engagement in classes. I spent too much time desperately seeking the right answer and not enough time participating in the discussion, discovering the nuances of a topic. As a theatre major, I analyzed my scenes and exercises too rigidly and was afraid to fail. I wish I had known that the point is to fail. Because even if I did everything “right” and got an A++, I wasn’t focused on how I got there. I was just focused on finishing. I wish I had focused on the process.

3. Be honest and open with your roommate. My roommate and I started out as great friends, but it became clear as freshman year rolled on that we were very different people, with very different ideas of what it meant to be friends. In retrospect, we should definitely have had a conversation about expectations and boundaries. Had we been more honest and less passive-aggressive, we might be better friends today. Don’t be afraid to defend yourself and your values, and remember to be open about your roommate’s background and goals.

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Storage Tips for Your Tiny Dorm

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Welcome to college! Here is the key to your teeny tiny dorm room. Good luck fitting all of your stuff in there!

Dorm rooms are notoriously small. Plus, you’re sharing the space with someone else. It’s time to get creative with storage and organization. The key? Think vertically!

  • CLOSET SPACE– Chances are your closet is narrow and shallow. Try adding another rod for hanging clothes! You can find versions that hang on your current closet rod and double your hanging space. A hanging shoe rack is another great way to utilize closet space. Your rod doubler can allow you more space for a hanging rack, or you can find one that hangs on the back of your door! There are also hangers that can hang multiple shirts or pairs of pants at once.
  • DESK SPACE – Dorm room desks are not enormous. If there’s room, place two file drawers underneath the desk, snug to one side. Make sure you still have plenty of space to sit. If there aren’t shelves on top of your desk already, try these white magazine files from Ikea. They are inexpensive and a great way to organize papers and documents by school subject. You can also create shelf space with stacking file trays for papers. If you’re storing books on top of your desk or on shelves, bookends are a good idea. They’ll keep your books from falling over – or falling on you!
  • BED SPACE – That’s right, bed space! Each dorm is different, but many offer (or already have) lofted beds. If you can loft ’em, do it. It creates a nice space for your desk underneath your bed. If you have bunk beds, use the space under your bed to store suitcases. Store your winter clothes in your suitcases during the warmer months, and vice versa during the winter.
  • DOOR SPACE – As mentioned previously, doors can be used for storage too, depending on your needs. Hanging shoe racks, towel racks, or hooks are awesome storage tools that make use of your door.
  • SPACE SPACE – You won’t have a lot of it, but where you do – think vertically! Stacking plastic drawers are ideal for dorms. You can store everything from bath stuff to school stuff to clothes stuff in these drawers. They come in a variety of sizes, so you should be able to find narrow versions or wide versions, depending on where you’d like to put them. If you have a bed on the ground (not lofted) these drawers can double as a night stand.

Finding storage space in your dorm will require a little creativity. The good news is that the tiny dorm room isn’t a new problem – students have been dealing with it forever! That’s why there are so many neat tricks and space savers out there for you. Go get ’em! Start organizing!

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