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So, You’re New Here?
Students who start in January can help themselves feel at home with a few simple actions…
Talk to People in Class. There is always time to chitchat before class begins. Encourage your student to say hello and talk with the folks surrounding him.
Go to Interest Meetings. A lot of students are still trying to figure out what organizations to join. So, open meetings are a great chance to find out if they’re going to fit with a certain student group.
Connect with Faculty & Staff. Finding trusted faculty and staff members to serve as mentors, listeners, challengers and supporters is key. Luckily, there are plenty of these good folks on campus! Go to office hours, ask questions and become known to faculty and staff.
Check Out Campus Events. If a residence life staffer invites your student to dinner or an event, encourage him to go. Or he can ask someone else looking a bit lost. There’s much going on here and it’s a good way to feel connected.
Don’t Over-Rely on Technology. Instead of always communicating via text and Facebook, encourage your student to walk down the hall for a face-to-face interaction. Don’t always hole away with video games – invite others to play instead. And remember the world outside the techy walls.
Stick Around on Weekends. For those students living on campus, the temptation may be high to go home every weekend. Yet, sticking around and participating in all the great campus happenings is one of the best – and quickest – ways to start feeling at home.