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Starting college can be a very stressful and exciting time. Here are 15 tips to help you survive your first year at University of Maryland.

1. Make sure you go through the correct doors when exiting the dinner.

Nothing is worst than when someone goes through the wrong doors in the diner that make the annoying alarm go off for minutes before someone is able to turn it off. There are signs on the door saying that the alarm goes off if you exit through them. So, make sure you are looking out for those signs.

2. Always make sure it is clear when you use the crosswalks or cross the street.

Yes, you do have the right away but that doesn’t mean you just throw yourself into the street whenever. It is better to be safe than sorry.

3. Make sure you are always checking emails and ELMS for announcements.

If you have time to check your social media, then you have time to check for announcements from your professors. You might get a notification about a last minute assignment, room change, or even a cancelled class so make sure you are always checking for something new to pop up.

4. If you need a job, make sure you start the job hunt early.

Many students are looking for on-campus jobs every year. If you are in need of a job, check for openings a few weeks before the new semester starts. If you aren’t able to find a job during that time, make sure you check back throughout and at the end of the semester.

5. Try to make friends on your floor.

Everyone is nervous about meeting new people and making friends. Try to make friends with people on your floor because they will be there throughout the whole year and it is nice to have friends who are right there and close by to hang out with.

6. Do not sign up for early classes unless you have to.

Many people think that they can handle a week full of 8am’s and then start missing class as the semester continues. Just because you got up early in high school, doesn’t mean it will be easy to do it in college. Try not to take really early classes unless you have to or unless you are completely sure you will be able to handle it.

7. Try to avoid the Stamp lunch rush.

Around noon, the Stamp food court becomes crowded with everyone trying to get lunch. If you are able to, try to go before this time to avoid the rush of people and so that you can also find a place to sit. 

8. Checkout the First Look Fair.

The First Look Fair is a great way to not only get free stuff, but to find out about all of the clubs and organizations that are on campus.

9. Talk to your RA if you have any questions about campus life.

Your RA is a great person to ask if you have any questions about UMD. If they don’t know the answer, they will most likely know someone who does. Don’t be afraid to go to them if you need anything.

10. Keep track of you key and student ID.

If you lose your ID you won’t be able to get back into your dorm building and then you will have to get a temporary swipe or buy a new one. If you lose your key, you will have to get a temporary one or pay for a lock change which can be very annoying to deal with and quite pricey as well.

11. Download the NextBus App and learn the bus routes.

It is useful to have this app to know when the next UMD bus is coming and where it will stop. It will even show you what the closest stop to your exact location is.

12. Try to find cheap textbooks.

When buying textbooks, don’t immediately buy them from the bookstore. Sometimes you can find the same books for cheaper prices on Amazon, Book Holders, or even from UMD students who are selling their old books.

13. Try to get loyalty points for sports games.

If you want to be able to get a ticket to the best rivalry UMD sports games, you need to make sure you build up loyalty points by attending other games also. The more loyalty points you have, the better your chance to get a ticket to games against schools like Ohio State.

14. Sign up for UMD Alerts.

It is good to sign up for these emails or text messages to know what is happening on campus, especially when there are safety concerns.

15. Take advantage of college discounts.

You can get a lot of discounts for being a college student. You can try Amazon Prime for free for 6 months or only pay $4.99 a month for Spotify Premium. Make sure you are aware of the discounts you are eligible for so that you can save money.


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