22 Things The URI Class Of 2022 Should Know Even Before Their First Class Begins​

22 Things The URI Class Of 2022 Should Know Even Before Their First Class Begins​

I don't want you to embarrass yourself or make the mistakes everyone else has, even though most of you probably will.

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I was quite the innocent and confused freshman, not to mention also super embarrassing. Everything I have here is things every URI freshman learns eventually, with much trial and error. I'm blessing you with 22 pieces of essential info you need to know coming into URI.

I don't want you to embarrass yourself or make the mistakes everyone else has, even though most of you will probably make some of those mistakes regardless. I hope you learn something!

1. "Caroline" by Aminé will be played far too many times at parties

2. There are no frat parties at the frat houses, don't look a fool and line up outside of them thinking there's going to be any parties at the beginning of the year

3. Don't smoke in your room, be smart and go somewhere else

4. Go to Hope for good salads and Butt for good nugs and omelets

5. DO NOT SKIP CLASS! You'll be setting yourself up for failure

6. Don't blow your Ram Card money all in one month, be savvy with your spending

7. You'll either love your roommate or hate them, and if the problem can't be solved, Housing can move you out fast AF

8. URI is hella cliquey, it's almost like you never left high school sometimes

9. The second floor of the library is straight up Greek Life and you'll never get work done. SO if you want to get work done, try the first floor if you like noise or the third, which is no noise

10. Football games suck (sorry), basketball games are where it's at so invest in Rhody Ruckus

11. Order On-The-Go or get to Dunks during off-times in the morning, like while everyone is in class, or you'll be stuck in line for an eternity

12. Hillside is overrated, it's got nice lounges but that's really it

13. Avoid the "I don't want a relationship right now but I want you to do relationship things with me anyway" guys and gals. You're worth someone who wants to commit to you and I learned that far too late

14. Don't seclude yourself in your dorm because you have a significant other and want to talk to them 24/7. You'll end up with a very small pool of people willing to chill with you

15. Don't be the roommate who sexiles your other roomate(s) all the time, it's rude and annoying

16. I rushed as a sophomore and I don't regret it, but I highly recommend both guys and girls to do it as freshmen. Be involved as much as you can in your fraternity or sorority and in Greek 101 (which sucks to go to but it's not that bad)

17. Please don't be a disgusting slob in the bathrooms. Your fellow hallmates, not to mention the janitorial staff who work their butts off to clean after you, would really appreciate it

18. University Spirit at the top of campus in the Emporium has super cute URI and Greek Life apparel and it's not as expensive as getting it from the Bookstore

19. They're also adding Insomnia Cookies to the Emporium. You're welcome.

20. Don't stand around in the middle of where people walk in the dining halls, it makes the upperclassmen very triggered

21. Be thankful for freshmen dorms and elevators... next year if you're stuck in the Sophomore Slums, you'll regret saying your dorm sucked

22. GA concert tickets aren't the best, you're honestly better off sitting because you can actually go pee and not worry about losing a spot (go to as many concerts as you can, just saying)

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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15 Clubs To Join At Rutgers University To Get Fit, Make A Difference, Or Learn A New Skill

Sometimes it's a good idea to branch outside your comfort zone and explore something new.

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So you're ready to join a club at Rutgers. Well, there are over 700 clubs and organizations to choose from! While everyone knows exactly what club they want to join, sometimes it's a good idea to branch outside your comfort zone and explore something new. Even if you are someone who would love the culinary club, maybe you could try the Outdoors Club in your spare time.

While it may not seem something you're not interested in at first, take a look at these 15 popular clubs to get an idea on what club (or clubs) to join!

1. Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club

Do you love hard working doggies? If you answered yes, consider going to the RSEPRC! No prior experience or knowledge is needed to join this club. If you're looking to do more than simply be a member, they will train and teach you all you need to know in order to be a sitter or raiser! Here you can truly make a difference by helping raise a good puppy into a great seeing eye dog!

2. Swing Dance Club

A combination of both sport and club, swing dancing gives you plenty of chances to meet new people while learning something new. Although there is a very small fee, the Swing Dance Club is all-inclusive, no prior knowledge is needed! It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a pro, stop by on Monday nights to get your swing on.

3. The Rutgers Creative Writing Club

The RCWC is a new club that offers students, no matter major or skill level, a place to simply be creative in both a serious and not-so-serious way. The RCWC is a place where you can get feedback on any of your work, talk to fellow writers, or simply participate in fun writing prompts and games. They meet every week and sharing your work is optional, but always encouraged.

4. Rutgers Quidditch Team

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you ever wanted to play a real game of Quidditch? Well, now you can! This competitive intercollegiate sport accepts all players for all positions, no matter past experience! Bring fantasy to life, release the snitch, and join the Rutgers Quidditch Team!

5. Rutgers University Programming Association

RUPA is programming council that serves the Rutgers community, for students by students. Join to gain great programming experience, develop leadership skills, and create diverse programs that appeal to thousands of fellow students. From concerts to comedy shows, Hot Dog Day to the annual homecoming bed races, help organize dozens of events that you too will love and learn some serious skills to help you in the future.

6. SCREAM Theater

"Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths," Scream Theater is a peer theater group that creates educational skits for audiences, especially incoming students, on issues of interpersonal violence, such as sexual assault and bullying. Join to help educate new students and bring awareness to violence prevention.

7. Rutgers Art and Design

Ever wonder who painted the mural on the windows of the Rutgers Cinema? It's RAD! The RAD club is for all who pursue all forms of art and design. Drawing, painting, graphic design, and beyond. RAD is for everyone and gives non-Mason Gross students a chance to truly be creative. They meet on Fridays and offers several unique events throughout the year for anyone to join.

8. Rutgers STEAM

A combination of STEM and the Arts, STEAM encourages different mindsets and thought processes to prepare students for the real world. Between STEM fields and Humanity, drive innovation through projects, discussions, trips, and events to explore a variety of ideas and truly make a difference for yourself and even the community.

9. Verbal Mayhem

Rutgers University's spoken word poetry collective is a lively community at Rutgers with open mics every week for poets, singers, and all other artists to express themselves and their work. Join this diverse and cultural student organization to strength yourself as well as fellow student and neighboring communities.

10. Outdoors Club

Looking for a great way to get involved in a bunch of different trips and activities? The Outdoors Club is super involved throughout the years, generating activities for every season. With biking, kayaking, and much much more, try something you've never done before and make your weekends more relaxing and worth wild.

11. Craft To Cure

Looking to help a good cause? Join the Craft To Cure Club where personally made gifts can go a long way. Community, compassion, and dedication are just some of the values that are important to this club. Weekly crafted items are donated to several different organizations to create a positive outlook while helping the community.

12. Scarlet Cross Medieval Reenactment

Live in the most interesting parts of history through this Medieval Reenactment group! No matter what your passion, there's something for you to do; Singing, dancing, needlework, costuming, metalworking, and more! Experience what it was like the life in the Medieval period in real life.

13. The Apiculture Society

Bees! They're important! This society hopes to spread awareness on just how important they truly are. Join to help slow the loss of honeybees in our areas, get up close and personal with a few local bee boxes, and learn about their effect in our world while also having fun.

14. Cabaret Theater

Since 1975, students have had the opportunity to learn every aspect of the theater. The Cabaret Theater presents four productions throughout the year, both musicals and plays, as well as several events outside the main production. All students are encouraged to get involved through auditions and applications.

15. The Queer Student Alliance of Rutgers University

The second oldest LQBTQIA+ organizations in the United States, the Queer Student Alliance provides a safe space for all students of all walks of life. Meetings are held weekly with workshops, discussions, game nights, movie screenings, and more! Join this community for a warm welcome and to explore the issues fellow students face

Make sure to check out the involvement fair in September!

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