Tips for NCSU students

9 Tips For New North Carolina State University Students

Helpful hints to help you get through your time at NCSU.


Helpful hints to help you get through your time at NCSU.

1. Use Google Calendar

Everyone always says it and I promise you it is definitely worth it. MyPack has a feature that allows you to directly import all of your classes into Google Calendar with one click of a button. You can also subscribe to org calendars.

2. Always request football and basketball tickets

Even if you know you cannot attend, there will most likely be someone you can give it to whole will use it for themselves or a guest and get you that loyalty point. If you cannot find someone to give it to just return it before the game with no penalty. Also, you may end up changing your mind about things and be able to go to the game.

3. Be ready for some walking

Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes because if you have only 15 minutes between classes that are across campus from one another, your feet will not be happy in uncomfortable shoes. Rain jackets, umbrellas, and rain boots also come in handy for walks across campus on rainy days.

4. Download the Rider app (or any other app that tracks the Wolfline buses)

This one is definitely a must if you are busing between Main Campus and Centennial Campus, live in Wolf Village or Wolf Ridge, or just simply hate walking. Apps like Transloc and Rider allow you to view the bus schedule in real time so you know when the next bus is coming. For engineering students, the 3 Bus is by far the quickest and most direct link between campuses.

5. Have back-up schedules in mind when registering for classes

Registering for classes is always stressful because advisor meetings, the wakey enrollment order, and classes filling up quickly. When you plan that perfect schedule in your shopping cart, be sure to look at when other sections of the classes are offered so you can quickly switch them out if one fills up before your enrollment period.

6. Make sure you have GroupMe downloaded

Whether it be for study groups, clubs, or a large friend group, GroupMe is almost guaranteed to be the first app people will jump to use. This app has do not disturb features and is very useful when you do not want to give out your number to people directly.

7. Don't spend outrageous amounts of money on t-shirts

Free t-shirts are given out many, many times throughout the year. I went to school with only two of my own NC State t-shirts I had bought and came home with almost 30 after my freshman year.

8. Reserve group study rooms early

The group study rooms in Hunt and D.H. Hill libraries are helpful for study group meetings, a quiet place for you and a few friends to do homework, video interviews, or for you to sit alone and really focus on your work/studying. Remember to book these as far in advance as possible as the reservation slots open a week prior to the date you want and tend to fill up quite quickly.

9. Parking hack

Parking at NC State is pretty crazy, but if you have a parking pass for a parking deck, you can park in any other deck after 3 pm without getting a ticket. Not many people know this, but it is on the transportation website and is helpful if you travel a lot between campuses.

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Remember Zero From 'Holes'? This Is Him NOW

"Mr. Slick Living"


"Holes" was one of my favorite Disney movies for a really long time. It came out in 2003 when I was about 5 years old. There aren't many actors from the movie that went on to stay in the public eye. Well, except for Shia LaBeouf. That man made several statements but even he disappears from the watchful eye of the media every now and then.

The actor from the movie that I have been most concerned with, however, is Khleo Thomas. I will admit, I had quite the crush on Khleo when he played young Hector Zeroni aka Zero in "Holes", despite him being a good ten years older than me. But I quickly lost track of him over the years.

So relatively recently I got on Instagram to do a quick search for him to see what he was up to. And, if I'm being honest, see if he was as cute as I remembered.

Low and behold, I did find Khleo Thomas and if anything he is more attractive than I remembered. Now, a quick reminder, we fell in love with him when he looked like this:

And now he looks like this:

Now, me finding him attractive aside, let's take a look at what he's been up to over the years. Even though he's been out of the public eye every once in a while does not mean he has not been busy.

Since playing Zero, Khleo Thomas has done a multitude of things. He has scored a few more acting roles in shows like "Bones" and "Sons of Anarchy". Khleo launched an R&B;/rap career. He has become a widely entertaining Instagram and social media personality aka Mr. Slick Living.

On top of all of that, Khleo has become a successful entrepreneur as well. Launching two clothing brands of his own and sprinkling in a little male modeling in his spare time. What doesn't he do?

Khleo has two successful clothing/merchandising brands by the names of "Goddesses Living Amongst Men" and "Slick Living Apparel". Both are founded on staying "aware" (Khleo has mentioned several times over on his IG about why he doesn't use the word "woke"). They also give vibes of staying true to who you are and presenting yourself as the goddesses or Awerewolves you are.

Much of Khleo's brand seems to be rooted in the fact that he is unapologetic about who he is, where he is from, and what he plans on doing with his platform. He makes hilariously honest videos on Instagram and isn't shy about taking a dance break, or several.

Fans of Khleo (aka Goddesses and Awarewolves) seem to love that he is so willing to launch discussions with them and actually respond. His blunt opinions and responses make him much more approachable to everyone that loves him and sets him apart from other celebrities in this day and age.

He seems very in touch with his audience and is honest about how he feels about himself and others. The whole point is to be truthful and be open. That's something that I can get behind in 2019.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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