Tips and Tricks: Freshmen Survival 101
As a Junior this year at LMU, I am always shocked to think about how fast time has gone by these last two years. Thinking back, I can’t really remember whether I always knew what I know now about our beautiful campus. Of course, the administration gives you as much information as possible to make your ease into college go smoothly, but there are certain things that new students don’t always immediately catch on to. Recently, many new students have been asking me questions that seemed obvious, but in retrospect are important tips for college (and specifically LMU) that would be useful to know.
So! Here is my random list of great tips and tricks for surviving freshman year.
Recently someone asked me:
How do I ask my professor to go to the bathroom?
The answer: Don’t. You are an adult now! Now, that being said, the best option is to go before and after classes to ensure that you don’t disrupt the other students. While all professors understand emergencies, some may not be a fan of you running to the bathroom all the time while they lecture. Be mindful of other students, and go before class.
When does the shuttle run?
The shuttle runs every fifteen minutes. The only exceptions are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:45 and 2:45, when it makes a run to the Cumberland Gap. Also, the friendly bus driver takes his lunch every day from 1 to 1:30 PM, so if you have a class during that time, make sure to catch the shuttle by 12:45. The shuttle driver will pick you up at any of the shuttle stop signs that are posted around all of the major areas on campus. He begins his route at the student center, and makes a circle around the campus in a counter-clockwise fashion, so don’t worry if he does not appear right at the fifteen minute mark.
When can I eat in the cafeteria? What about WOW?
If you aren’t totally sure about your different dining options on campus, you can find the link to all of the dining locations’ hours of operation here. You will find that the best option if you have classes during meal times is to eat at WOW (World of Wings) located on the first floor of the student center. Be mindful that the food is so delicious because they make every order fresh, so if you are on a time crunch it may be better to go to the cafeteria or pick something up at The Campus Grounds.
Where can I get a mailbox?
Getting a mailbox is easy! All you have to do is go to the back of Tex Turner Arena, on the ground floor. To do this you may want to catch the shuttle and ride to that shuttle stop. When you go in, turn right and keep going until you see the post office on the left. The friendly staff will hook you up with a P.O. Box in no time.
How do the visitation/ curfew hours work?
This is something every new student should be mindful of! I recommend reading through the student handbook, which can be found here, but here is the long and short of it: Curfew and Visitation are actually two different things. The students don’t actually have a curfew that says we have to be in our rooms by a certain time. If you like, you can respectfully stay out all night long. Now here’s the kicker: Visitation hours begin at 12 PM and end at 2 AM. The reason for this is so that as students, who live in a learning community, we have the ability to feel comfortable in what is considered our home. This means you always know that your roommate won’t have a guy over keeping you up past 2AM, and, if you please, you can sit around in your bathrobe enjoying your morning coffee without a stranger walking in before noon.
The Big One:
What is there to actually do on Campus?
My answer: Plenty of things! You just have to venture out of your room to do them. Between Greek Life, various student organizations, and Residential Life’s new initiative to provide the students with more activities to do, campus life can be whatever you make it. I will update my events page every couple of weeks, and Residential Life posts an activity calendar every month highlighting the main events happening on campus. Because I am in the Kappa Pi Omega sorority, I usually spend my free time hanging out with my sisters and attending campus events. Greek Life is a great way to make new friends and get involved in the LMU community.
Surviving freshmen year can be a piece of cake (or slice of pie depending on your preference) given that you have the right tools and a positive attitude. If anyone has any more questions, feel free to leave a comment below!