5 Things Every Future West Chester University Golden Ram Should Know

5 Things Every Future West Chester University Golden Ram Should Know

Get ready to drop a lot of money at the bookstore!
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The end of your high school career is gradually coming to an end. There’s only a few months left where you’ll experience a series of lasts—your last prom, your last few classes, and your last time walking down the halls of your high school as a student. Not to mention, graduation will be the last time your class is together before you all embark on a new adventure.

Yet this series of lasts will bring on a series of firsts. And this series of firsts will be even better as a West Chester University Golden Ram!

As a future Golden Ram, you’ve probably explored the campus once or twice. Maybe you haven’t even been on campus at all, but there’s a few important things to keep in mind while going through orientation and before you start your college career at West Chester University.

1. Campus is a lot smaller than you think.

When going on a campus tour, either during Orientation or a separate tour altogether, it’s easy to feel as though the campus is huge. I distinctly remember touring campus and feeling as though the dorms were extremely far from the Academic Quad.

But that isn’t the case.

You’ll quickly realize, during your first week of classes, just how easy it is to get from your dorm to your class in less than fifteen minutes. And if your class is in Merion Science Center or Brandywine Hall, that walk is even shorter!

2. Get ready to learn the difference between Market Street, Gay Street, and High Street.

I know this was one of my biggest struggles when first arriving to West Chester University. All streets were practically the same to me, but I promise! There’s a huge difference and I’ll give you the rundown of it!

Gay Street is a one-way street that you can only take coming into West Chester. There, you’ll find Starbucks, The Couch Tomato, JACO Juice and Taco Bar, and tons of other cute places to go to with your friends for dinner one night (because you will get tired of Lawrence Dining Hall really fast!) Market Street is a one-way street you can only take leaving West Chester. Market Street has a handful of cute restaurants, as well as a Dunkin Donuts on the way out of town and who doesn’t love Dunkin? High Street will be where you can find a handful of frat houses, in addition to Amore (which will become your go-to restaurant for food after a party or even just to order for delivery!).

The streets of West Chester truly are a maze at first, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time!

3. Be open-minded when it comes to the organizations you want to join.

WCU truly has so many unique organizations on campus! When you receive emails about the Activity Fair in the beginning of the semester, don’t simply ignore it. Take the time to go to the Academic Quad and see all of the clubs WCU has to offer!

Plus, WCU has an incredible Greek life community and going to the info sessions on Fraternity & Sorority Life can be truly beneficial to determining whether or not you’re interested in rushing. There are so many amazing Greek organizations on campus (get ready to see them tabling throughout the year for their philanthropies!) that there is definitely a home for you!

You never know which organizations will stand out to you unless you put yourself out there, so don’t be afraid to take a risk and explore your passion!

SEE ALSO: All College Freshman Should At Least Consider Sorority Recruitment: Here's Why

4. Be prepared to download Tapingo because it will become your best friend.

If you come from a small town, it’s unlikely you’ve heard of Tapingo before. Just to summarize what it is, it is basically an app where you can place an order at a restaurant and it will tell you when it’s ready to be picked up—this way you won’t have to stand in line!

The lines for Einstein’s and Starbucks can feel as though they go on forever, so download this app so you won’t have to wait!

Plus, you can order delivery with this app from places like Wendy’s and McDonald’s and while it may take forever some days, it’s truly worth it! Especially since there will be many days when the food on campus just doesn’t sound appetizing.

5. Create a study schedule and try to stick with it.

One of the hardest parts about being a new student at WCU is the fact that you don’t control your first semester schedule. You might have 8 A.M’s everyday or maybe you have a series of evening classes. No matter what it is, try to create a study schedule each week!

It’s easy to get caught up in all of the homework assignments for the week, so creating a to-do list each week can truly work wonders. Prioritize each assignment and make sure you dedicate the time you need to each class.

WCU offers tutoring for various classes in Lawrence, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of that! Plus, don’t be nervous to attend your professor’s office hours if you’re truly struggling. They have office hours for a reason and they truly want to help you!

Hit up the Francis Harvey Green Library (which you’ll soon call, “The Lib!”), grab some Starbucks and get to working!


So, congratulations—you’re about to become a student at one of the best campuses in Pennsylvania! From the food trucks, to the Quad on a warm day, there’s truly so much this campus has to offer. Get ready for the next exciting few years of your life as a Golden Ram!

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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10 Study Habits You Should Never Break

Tips and tricks to surviving finals and midterms.

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It's starting to become that time of year again - wrapping up the semester and preparing for the dreaded week of finals and mid-terms. I couldn't be more excited to be done with high school. But finals stink. I luckily don't have many classes that are going to require taking a test, mine are mostly projects.

All throughout high school, I had really struggled with testing and study habits. I didn't know how to study and therefore continued to do poorly because of my study habits or lack of. It was not until my junior year in high school, I had found my way of studying and it has worked for me for every test since. I color coat everything and write things down a million times. It is time-consuming but it is worth it in the end. You just have to find what works with you and stick with it. Here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help you with your study habits. I wish I had someone to tell me these things when I was struggling at the start of high school.

1. Time management

Don't be silly and study the night before the test and expect to do well. Some people can actually do this but I am a person who has to work their tail off for what kind of grades I receive so studying the night before a test would result in me not doing well. But it is different for everyone. What I typically do is if I know the test date ahead of time, I write it down in my planner and then as we learn something I add it to a notecard so as we go on with a unit I remember what we have learned in the start of the unit. I typically study a week prior to the test.

2. Find a study space

I like when my environment is completely quiet, I find it hard for me to focus when I am surrounded by noise. I usually study in my room or somewhere where no one is at

3. Choose a style of studying you like

I am a freak when it comes to studying. I am a very visual person. I will read the chapters in the book, highlight the important stuff, take notes and color coat them, highlight them. Draw diagrams or pictures if needed. And sometimes write small important things a couple of times. Yes, it's time-consuming but it has gotten me to not fail my test. With more unvisual classes like math, I write a notecard of all the formulas and buttons I will need for that unit. I do all of this as we go through each unit. I also use Quizlet to help me remember vocabulary words.

4. Actually do the study guides or Quizlets, they help

I complete the study guides a couple of times. Sounds crazy but it helps me memorize stuff so much better. There are tons of resources out on the internet, use them. Quizlet, Books online etc can all be valuable resources, just got to know what is available. Sometimes my friends will make a Quizlet and we will have the same class and I will use her Quizlet. Why make what's already made for you?

5. Write things out

I love technology and all but I think some of us have gotten away from writing things actually down on a notebook. Believe it or not, it has been proven that physically writing things out helps you memorize things better. I use a notebook for class and color coat my own notes. I also use flashcards for vocab words and color coat them as well. As you can tell I love color coating.

6. Have a study buddy

Personally I study better alone but when I do study with groups we bounce ideas off each other to get a better understanding of the material. It again depends on how you like to study.

7. Eliminate distractions

I used to have a problem with getting distracted from being on my phone and then I'd realize I just wasted 30 minutes scrolling through Instagram when I could have been studying. So turn your phone off or put it where you can't see it because it really does shorten your time of studying without being on it.

8. Use memory games (pneumonic devices) 

This helps me so much! When I am working on a test I always remember pneumonic devices before anything else.

9. Take your time

Don't rush through the material, you'll get it eventually. If you don't know it, highlight it and come back. Also if you have already mastered and memorized a topic, don't keep studying that study the things you don't know and haven't mastered.

10.  Find what works best for you!

You have to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Your study habits are completely unique to you. If something works for you, continue to do that.

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