1. You will get used to the smell of cigarette smoke. No matter where you go in this city, there’s a good chance that wherever you are might not smell the greatest. In comparison to the scent of sewage, cigarette smoke is like febreeze.
2. DePaul is NOT the bunch of militant liberals that the media has made them out to be. We’re a community of open-minded people willing to have a discourse, but some just don’t go about it in the right manner.
3. Don’t expect to be partying all the time. DePaul’s academic programs are very fast-paced, so you need to keep on top of your schoolwork. Additionally, most bars in the city won’t even let you walk in if you’re under 21, so that’s something to keep your eye out for.
4. If you want to have fun, you have to look for it. You can’t just expect to find friends on campus and have a plan already in place, you need to keep an eye on things going on in the city and see what you want to attend.
5. Apply for as many opportunities as you can. Everything at DePaul can be interesting, so it’s better to apply than to miss out. Whether it’s volunteering, or a really cool internship- always be on the lookout for fun things to do.
6. Take advantage of DePaul’s resources as much as you can. We have extensive resources to help you succeed including a writing center, filled with peer tutors ready to help you with your next essay as well as a career center with counselors willing to help you with your resume, do mock interviews with you, and much more.
7. Get used to having functional walking shoes. Ladies, only wear heels if it is absolutely necessary. On any given day, you could be doing a lot of walking from class to class or from the train. Keep those feet nice and comfy.
8. Always check the weather before you leave for the day. If it’s fall in Chicago, make sure to always leave with a jacket. It’s good to have an umbrella with you too. If it’s winter time, wear waterproof shoes; ideally some snow boots. City streets get gross when they’re wet.
9. You will probably be asked for spare change about 3 times a day. As much as you want to help them, you don’t have enough money to help each and every homeless person in Chicago. “Sorry, I don’t have cash.” Usually suffices as a response.
10. Keep an eye on the campus job board. Some cool stuff goes up on there, and you don’t want to miss out!