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Freshman Survival 101: Myth or Fact

For those of you attending Saint Scholastica for the first time this year, welcome!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready for a new school year as a college student.  After attending your orientation sessions, you should have a pretty good idea of some of the resources and services that the school has to offer as well as many of the policies that are in place for you while living on campus.  While orientation is valuable for offering the baseline information and giving you the opportunity to become acquainted with your peers, it oftentimes does not clue you in on some of the knowledge that I believe are critical for being successful during the year.  You will learn these tidbits of helpful information throughout the course of this year without reading this blog, but if you want to be ahead of the game and prevent yourself from learning the “hard way,” I suggest you take a peek!

Let’s do a little myth and fact session:

1. If you leave Somers at any time, you must have your ID card on you to reenter.  FACT.  According to school policy and security, it is most beneficial that you have your ID card to enter the building again.  However, during the day especially, many of your fellow dorm mates will be happy to get the door for you between classes if you forget to bring it.  If you forget it at a time when campus is deserted and no one is around to help you out, go to the front entrance of Somers to get help.

2. You need a parking permit to park on campus.  FACT.  Without a parking permit, your car will not survive on campus.  After the first week, non-permit vehicles will be ticketed everyday.  You can buy parking permits online through your account.

3. If you have a parking permit for your vehicle, you can park in any permit lot that you want.  MYTH.  Don’t learn this one the hard way!  If you have an on campus permit, you are prohibited from parking in any of the major lots by buildings (including Mitchell and BWC lots) during the daytime hours from 2 AM-4:30 PM.  You must park in the overnight lots during school hours and after 2 AM.  If they are parked there, they will get ticketed!

4. Meal plans cover meals at the Greenview Dining Room only.  MYTH.  You can use your meal plans at any of the dining locations on campus.  However, be aware of how much dining dollars exist on your account to monitor extra spending on ala carte items, like those at the Port.  This money can go quickly!

5. Once your dining dollars are gone, you will have to pay out of pocket for ala carte items.  MYTH.  If you stop at One Stop during business hours, you can simply ask to add money to your dining dollars for future use.  While this may seem counterintuitive (why wouldn’t you just use regular money?!), you actually will save money doing it this way!  When you use dining dollars, you avoid the additional add-on of food tax for your items.  Clever!

6. If you do laundry, pay attention to the time to ensure that you pull your laundry out as soon as it’s done.  FACT.  You have no idea how many times I or my friends forgot to grab our laundry as soon as the machine was done cleaning it and then finding it in a huge pile on top of the washer or dryer.  When others need to get their laundry done, they don’t care whether there are clothes sitting in the machine or not.  All they care about is getting their laundry done…and yours is standing in their way!

7. If you are going to miss class, contact your professor ahead of time and let them know.  FACT.  While many will argue and say that you are in college now and your professors don’t care whether you are there or not, they actually WILL care.  Plus, showing that you are concerned about their class and that you care about the content you are missing, you will gain greater rapport with your professors and be taken more seriously.

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