Preview is a great source of information for new students coming to ISU. Students aren’t going to learn it all. Here are a few things you probably did not hear when spending your first night at your new university.
1. Class registration is open for more than a day
Registering for class is a process, not a one-time thing. Preview is packed with information regarding what classes to take, but what your preview guide won’t mention is that the subpar schedule you initially form doesn’t have to be final. If you’re like most students, you’ll benefit from continuously browsing the course registration list to find which courses meet your needs and fit your schedule. You may even be able to eliminate some of those 8 a.m.s.
2. Relax a little bit
You don’t have to go to everything. As a freshman, the first few weeks of school can be tremendously overwhelming. Your preview guide will tell you about all the activities happening around campus, but know that you don’t have to go to everything. Instead, pick and choose a few events that spark your interest, so that you can fully devote yourself to participating and meeting new people.
3. Keep meeting people
The people you meet during your first few weeks won’t necessarily be your set group of friends. Meeting new people is what college is all about. But once you’ve made a friend or two, don’t settle in for the next four years. Continue to introduce yourself to others and don’t be surprised if you begin to grow close to a different set of people.
4. Go out
Partying happens — be smart about it. Your preview guide won’t tell you much about the eventful weekends at ISU, so it’s your job to take note of a few things before embarking on your first college party. Always be aware of your surroundings, and never go to a party alone. Remember that Normal police aren’t afraid to hand out underage drinking tickets like it’s their job. Oh, wait.
5. There are plently of places to study
The library isn’t the only place that houses productivity. Students either love the library or they hate it. So if you find yourself not liking the atmosphere at Club Milner, know that there are countless other places to be productive on campus, such as the Bone Student Center Atrium, the Business Bistro or The Coffe Hound, located in Uptown Normal.
6. Your diet will probably change
The freshman 15 is real. Okay, maybe not 15, but the freshman five is more like it. You can only eat so many Prime Time pizzas at two in the morning before you begin to put on a pound or two. While indulging in cheap, college food is a must, be aware of what you are eating so that the five doesn’t sneak up on you.
7. Leave the campus
Blo-No is a place to be explored. Your preview guide will mostly focus on places on or near campus, making it your job to explore the surrounding areas. Take the bus to downtown Bloomington and discover a number of shops, boutiques and restaurants. It won’t be long before you realize the true charm of the Twin Cities.