How to Survive: Your First Few Weeks

The transition from high school senior to college freshman can be jaunting, to say the least. Luckily for you, the Union is all knowing, and since we’ve been around for a while, we’ve got some great tips to help you acclimate. These tips, along with more “How to Survive” guides, will hopefully help you get a little more adjusted to life on campus.

1. Develop a routine

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This may sound obvious, or even corny, but it helps. Developing a routine in college is sometimes harder than you think. Having 8AMs one day and 6PMs another day can leave you feeling a little off kilter. Using a planner is a great way to make sure you’re at the right place the at the right time, but will also help you block out time for things you want to do, maybe going to the gym or meeting a friend at a dining hall.

The real secret, according to many successful people, is waking up at the same time every day. While this is a tricky task, especially if you have 8AMs, but it might be worth considering if you’re serious about developing a routine.

2. Use your meal plan

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Compared to many other large universities, UNT has some of the best dining halls in the state, not to mention a lot more options than you might be aware of. West Hall features a southern-style menu, while Mean Greens at Maple Hall is 100% vegan, down to the delicious soft-serve ice cream. If you don’t live in Victory Hall, you might be unaware of the delicious options at Champ’s Cafeteria, where you can get double cheeseburgers made-to-order! Since as a freshman, you’re required to have a meal plan, and you should use it as much as you can. One day you might be an upper-classman with only .37 cents in your bank account.

3. Get involved!

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The best way to make friends for life is to find people who are passionate about the same things you are passionate about. Whatever you’re passionate about, there’s probably a Student Org for that. OrgSync lists 429 UNT clubs and organizations, and if none of those suit you, you can always start your own! It’s likely that there are other people who like the same things you do who would be interested in joining your organization.

4. Get organized

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And stay organized! This is sometimes hard to do, but your dorm is probably much smaller than your usual living space, and it will clutter up quickly! Stay on top of your cleaning habits and you’ll be able to study effectively in a clean, stress-free space. Also, being organized is a great way to make friends/stay civil with your roommate. Nobody likes a messy roommate, including you. So share this post with your roomie incase they don’t get the hint.

And always, if you need any help adjusting to life on campus, don’t be afraid to reach out. Contact your RA or call the Counseling and Testing Services Center if you need to talk to someone. You get 8 free counseling sessions a year, every year! Don’t be afraid to use them.