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As a nervous college freshmen entering your first week as a new wildcat, it is comforting to know what to expect during your first week at the University of New Hampshire. Believe it or not, you WILL make it through your first week here at UNH, and with this article, you will have a better understanding of how the week will go.

Move in day will be chaos. 

There really is no avoiding the stress and chaos that comes along with freshmen move in day. Luckily, the freshmen class moves in the day before everyone else at UNH, so you will have time to be surrounded by people going through the same thing as you. It is also much easier to move in when there’s only 4,000 other students trying to do the same, as opposed to 15,000. Avoid arguing with your family and try to get your belongings into your room as quickly as possible. There will be lots of people around to help, and you will get through the commotion of move in day.

Your parents will eventually leave and you will feel a lot of emotions. 

After your things are all moved into your dorm room, parents will eventually begin to leave. As ready as you think you may be for college, you will most likely feel lots of emotions when this moment comes. That is completely normal and you will not be the only one experiencing this. Remember that you can call home at any time, you will love being a wildcat, and you will see your family soon. College is great but also very emotionally challenging during the first week. Prepare for this.

Lots of freshmen class events. 

Your RA’s will keep you occupied for the remainder of move in day by bringing you around campus to attend multiple presentations geared towards freshmen. You will probably be bored and complain a lot about this, but it is only to help you and prepare you for the year to come. As hard as it may be, listen to the presentations and take the information seriously. You never know when it will come in handy during your first year here at UNH.

Syllabus week. 

Your first school week here at UNH may be overwhelming to some, but rather easy to others. Syllabus week is when you receive the schedule for your semester classes, and find out what is coming your way as far as assignments go for the class. Work load usually is not as bad this week, but hearing about all of the work to come may spark stress– even this early in the year. Try your best to relax, and if you are assigned homework do not get into the habit of procrastinating. Remember why you are attending the university and make the most of your first week.

Lots of parties. 

Depending on the type of person you are, this could be very good news or very bad news. Partying usually takes place all throughout syllabus week to celebrate another year at UNH, and to have some fun before the semester really starts up. Do not be afraid to have a little fun, but make sure you are being responsible. If you are not the type to go out and party, no worries! There are lots of activities throughout the week that are planned to help freshmen meet friends, take advantage of these opportunities!

Pep rallies, school spirit events and petting the Wildcat nose!

You will learn quickly that UNH is all about school spirit and loving the fact that you are a wildcat. During your first week, you will attend a pep rally that will make you so excited for sports events to come. You will also be given free tickets to attend the first football game of the season! Take advantage of that and attend the game. It is lots of fun to show your school so much support with fellow Wildcats. Finally, you will pet the Wildcat nose in honor of UNH becoming your home for the next four years. The new freshmen class will line up, Main St. is closed down, and you will have the opportunity to walk by the wildcat statue located outside of the Whittemore Center and pet it’s nose. This is the most exciting moment of your first week– you’re officially a wildcat!

Lots of new friends and fun.

College is the place where you make lots of memories and make lots of lifelong friends. Get out there during your first week, find out what campus has to offer, and make lots of friends. Your year at UNH will fly by if you have the right people by your side!

Your first week here at UNH will be hectic, emotional, and fun! Be prepared to feel lots of different things, learn lots of new things, and meet lots of new people! As hard as the college transition may be, UNH will soon feel like home and you will have a great year here!

It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!


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Kayleigh McElroy

Hi! My name is Kayleigh McElroy and I am a student at the University of New Hampshire! Being on campus has taught me a lot about learning how to manage my time, cope with stress, and adjust to the different living conditions! I hope to supply my fellow college students with advice and comfort on all of the situations that come along with being a college student.


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