Five tips for new students

1. Find yourself a campus map and keep it by your side.
Often times you may find yourself lost on campus for one reason or another. Some students have a difficult time deciphering the building codes and some don’t know where to find parking services. This newspaper has a campus map inside of it so you find your classes and the Parking Services for a parking pass. The Cougar Center and the Week of Welcome tables – stationed outside of the Library (VLIB) and the Student Services building (VSSC) – will also have campus maps available for students.

2. Don’t be afraid to use the Financial Aid department or other services in the cougar center.
As a new student financial aid and scholarships can be a confusing concept. Luckily, the staff in the Cougar Center can help you with any question you have and even the ones you don’t have yet. Don’t be afraid to go to the Cougar Center, on the second floor of VSSC, anytime you have questions about your tuition and other cost of living aid, there are numerous opportunities.

3. Always go to class, even if you just don’t feel like it.
Your teacher isn’t going to call your parents or legal guardian if you miss class but getting in trouble is the least of your worries now. Missing one class can set students back when they are taking exams or working on assignments. It can be difficult to study for an exam that has content on it you missed when you skipped. Also, some teachers will take attendance for extra credit on days with a low student turnout; take advantage of those extra credit points.

4. Make some study buddies ASAP.
Organizing study groups or being a part of a study group can be the difference between an A and a B grade. Working as a group to study for exams or complete assignments can help you to think about concepts differ- ently or create new ideas. New people often times equal new ways of thinking. If you are in a class that just isn’t clicking for you study groups can be helpful.

5. Get involved!
There are so many opportunities with the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), the Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver (ASWSUV), The VanCougar newspaper, KOUG Radio, Salmon Creek Journal, the Student Resource Center (SRC) and more to get involved on campus. Students can join clubs, work for student government (and get paid) or take on a professional development internship with the SRC. There are positions on campus for students with almost any interest and time availability. Getting involved helps to build your resume, job experience, network and your chances to use what you learn in the classroom in a real environment. Don’t make the mistake of not taking advantage of the many options students have to get involved.

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