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Leave Your Door Open

September 29, 2011

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Seriously, one of the best ways to meet people in your hall is to just leave your door open. You’ll be able to say hi and introduce yourselves to people who walk by, and you never know, you just might meet some friends that way. Two of my closest friends at school I met because my roommate and I went walking down our floor the first night just to peek our heads into people’s doors and say hi. It was awesome because then you get to talking and there, you’ve made friends! It’s one of the things you have to force yourself to do because otherwise you’re not really gonna directly meet people in your hall. Of course your RA’s and hall directors will have activities for you to do the first couple days, but mostly, it’s all on you. This is an awesome way to meet people and everyone will probably be doing the same time.

Oh, and don’t forget to like, LOCK your door when you leave. I’ve never had the experience nor have my friends but people have gotten things stolen because they left their doors unlocked when they weren’t there, so don’t do that.

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Make a College Bucket List with your Friends

September 29, 2011

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One night while my friends and I were watching Jersey Shore, we decided to start writing out the official bucket list, and I think we have close to 200 things on there. I was just perusing collegeproblems and I saw that USA Today made a 15-number bucket list. Well… ours might be a tad like that, but with about 120 more extreme things. Once you get your group of friends, make a bucket list with them. It’s really fun to think about what to put on there, and even more fun getting shit done. I mean, that way you’re committed by paper to do the most awesome shit of your life in college.

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Accept that all New Jersey People are Different

September 29, 2011

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This isn’t really a tip, it’s just something kinda funny that you’ll start to notice when you become friends with people from all over the state. Everyone’s got different personalities and everyone has their own slang for the state. And if you’re out of state, you’ll probably notice even more differences between people from your state and from New Jersey. And also, in case you’re an out-of-state people and were curious and didn’t wanna admit it, you’re not gonna meet a guido/guidette at Rutgers. You know, unless they’re trying to be funny and make themselves seem like one. But anyway… all people from all parts of New Jersey are very different; you’ll learn to appreciate it.

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Respect Your Floormates

September 29, 2011

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This tip is really important and it’ll save you from being the most disliked person on your floor for a whole year. There were 3 instances where people were the MOST annoying in my hallway.

1. They were having sex and banging on the wall and moaning extra loud.
2. They were extra drunk and were throwing things against the wall and yelling at night
3. They were out partying and came back at 3 waking us up from their drunk stumbling and whining.

We all do our own thing. What we do in our rooms or with our personal business is, well, our personal business. So don’t exploit it to your ENTIRE HALLWAY. Have a little respect for the people you’re living with to keep the stuff you do behind close doors or coming back into the building drunk under wraps. You obnoxiously moaning while your boyfriend is fucking you is not something you wanna be remembered for in college, and vice versa. Same goes for being drunk. Don’t be that whiny dude that wouldn’t shut the hell up in the middle of the night.

To sum it up: be respectful of who’s living with you. You’d be pissed if they were doing to you what you were doing to them.

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Go to New York City for the holidays.

September 29, 2011

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I live driving distance plus traffic a good 3 hours tops from New York City. Even driving up to take the train is a total hassle for me, so I’ve only been there less than 10 times in my life (you tell people that and they go nuts as if that’s the worst thing ever). So I went up in December with a few friends for the day and even though I had blisters on my feet and it was crowded as hell, it was worth it to see the tree at Rockefeller. When you come to Rutgers, take the train into New York if you’ve never seen it. Hell, go into New York at least once while you’re at school. It’s 13 bucks one-way so it’s reasonable to get there from the station in New Brunswick. It’s really fun when you’re with friends. Maybe even go with a big group and it would be even more fun.

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Go to all the events the first few days

September 29, 2011

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When I moved in in 2010, there were a lot of activities the first 3 days or so before classes started. The first day we had a “convocation” ceremony, which is the opposite of graduation lol. All the freshmen go to the stadium and there were like short speeches and singing performances and stuff. After that, there was a carnival-type thing which was really fun. The second day we had this thing in the rec center called a “throwdown”, where you do relay races with all the freshmen dorms on your campus and try to represent your hall with spirit and stuff. That was pretty fun too. Then I think the next day there was an involvement fair on College Ave for everyone where you could sign up for extracurriculars and later that night we had the Target night. So take advantage of these things they have. I met all of my friends gradually through going to all the events and it’s a cool way to get used to being at Rutgers.

Also, my apologies to the 2015 kids since you guys got screwed because of Hurricane Irene. Next year’s a new year!

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Meet the People You Added on Facebook

September 29, 2011

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I added every freakin’ person on Facebook that I saw was living on Cook because I thought “YES NEW FRIENDS YAY”. Turns out 2 of them I am living with this year and one of them is one of my good friends! The rest, however, I didn’t really talk to. So especially when you find out your dorm assignments in August and everyone posts where they’re living on the 2015 groups (and also after you’re settled in since you’re probably still friends with those people on Facebook), try to actually introduce yourself to them in person. Chances are, you won’t become friendly with ALL of them because no one really does (that is, if you didn’t develop a friendship with them before move-in), but you should at least try. I tried to say hi to the people from my orientation group, turns out the few of them that lived in my building were not so friendly, but I still tried. I ended up deleting a lot of people after the school year because I know I probably won’t see them again. Just make an effort to talk to people in person since it’s easier to do it on Facebook.

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Don’t Expect Too Much/Little

September 23, 2011

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Essentially…

One of my best friends suggested this tip. It’s pretty general and goes for anyone going into a big college, but I thought it was important. In words besides the Brotip, don’t come into college with a bunch of expectations, then you won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t turn out how you expected. I tried not to expect anything and come to Rutgers with an open mind, but what I did expect, a lot of my experience was really different than those expectations— in good ways.Don’t expect to come to Rutgers and think it’s gonna be a big party every single day/night because it’s not like that. On the other hand, don’t expect to come to Rutgers and be working all the time, nonstop, all-nighters every single night, because it’s not like that either. The best way to think about it is to come into your year with a clean slate and take things as they come. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised for the most part.

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Go to Wawa

September 23, 2011

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Folks, I’m assuming some of you know what I’m talking about, you may agree or disagree.

For the people who don’t know what the hell I just said, it’s Wawa. Wawa will beat out your QuickChek, 7eleven, Sheetz, or whatever else you like. It’s a convenient store that’s popular around the South/”Central” Jersey, PA, Delaware, MD, and parts of VA area. They have everything, and their fresh food is absolutely delicious. There’s one in East Brunswick on Ryders Lane (5-10 minutes down the road from the C/D campus), and there’s one on Route 18 south near like Old Bridge. Take a trip there one day if you haven’t been. I give myself semi-credit for at least introducing my roommate to Wawa’s greatness and every once in awhile we’d have 12am Wawa runs at night haha. We’ve had some hilarious experiences driving there in my friend’s truck. So if you’ve never heard of it, GO TO WAWA. It’s great for the food, memories, and you can say I told you so. And, after all…

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Don’t Expect Anything from your Floormates/Roommate

September 3, 2011

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If you’re worried now about hating your roommate, not getting along with them, not really being on the same level as them, stop worrying. The college experience is what you make of it, so your expectations may be completely false. So many of the people I know are such good friends with their floormates, no matter how different they may be. Sometimes it really works out in your favor, so as I’ve said before, make sure you be yourself and it’ll all turn out alright.

Sometimes though, you don’t becomes the best of friends with your floormates. That’s okay. I know quite a few people like that too, including myself who I’m good friends with them while at school, but we don’t talk all the time like best friends would. I’m closest to my roommate and her and I do talk often, but I still have my best friends from home.

So my advice more for the second part of the tip: don’t lose contact with your best friends from home. My best friend and I have been that way since 6th grade, and I’ll admit I was nervous we’d lose touch, but we actually became a lot closer after college. The same goes for my best guy friend, who actually introduced me to my current boyfriend. A few of my other really good friends and I would skype/oovoo a lot and keep in touch. There are so many ways to keep contact with your friends from home, so if you don’t wanna lose closeness, there’s really no way to unless you both aren’t into it anymore.

To sum it up: Don’t have pre-expectations and assumptions for how it’ll be with your floormates. It might not be as you think it’ll be, and keep in touch with your best friends from home.

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