Friday, April 3, 2009

Rutgers University 101: Every Freshman's Best Friend

By Maria Monica Abrenica

The University welcomes the Freshmen of Fall 2009!

The transition from your local high school to a big university such as Rutgers can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be a discouraging experience. The more time you spend on campus, the more you will learn about it. A list of the basic information and things you will need to know in order to make your first few days more enjoyable is a good start for learning.

How to Survive Everyday

  • Bus System. Getting from one campus to another is made easier with Rutgers' bus system. All you have to do is wait at designated bus stops and hop on the one that will take you where you need to go.
  • Dining Halls. Studying can work up your appetite and it is always important to fuel the mind by eating on time. A dining hall is available in each campus and a variety of meal plans that meet the diet needs and habits of every student is available.
For more information, call the Rutgers Dining Services at (732) 932-8469/8470.

  • Computer Labs. You may have your own laptop, but you might just prefer not to lug it around with you all day. Computer labs are available at your convenience.

Information Source: 5 Online Sources of Useful Information

This is the University Portal for updates and information. Your e-mail account can also be accessed here.
This site saves you time by giving updates on the arrival time of buses.
This is the website for the University paper, the Daily Targum. Keep yourself aware of what is going on around.

Q: What are the campuses in New Brunswick?
A. Busch, College Avenue, Cook, Douglas, and Livingston

Each campus has its characteristic atmosphere. You might have difficulty finding a location during your first few days on campus. This is normal and there is no need to stress out about it. Maps are available for your use. It is always good to seek someone's assistance too. Do not be afraid to ask.

It is normal to feel anxious about your transition to life at the University. You might be overcome by the jitterbug or butterflies in your stomach. It's important not to let fear get the best of you. Look ahead with a positive attitude and embrace this new journey you are beginning at Rutgers University.

A Few Tips

Be on time for your classes. Set task priorities. Study. Interact with people. Give yourself time for extra-curricular activities. Meet new people. Learn. Ask questions. Have fun. Grow.

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