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As we all know, the transition from high school to college is a huge change for everyone. New living environment, a larger work load, being away from home, among many other things make the switch challenging. To make matters even worse, there are certain college norms that first year students could not have guessed until they have arrived on campus. Here are 5 student norms that occur at the University of New Hampshire that first year students do not expect.

1.You do not look like a freshman if you wear UNH apparel.

Although many people tell first year students that wearing clothes with the university’s logo on it makes them stick out as freshmen, this is not the case for UNH students. Everyone that attends UNH is big on wearing apparel from their school and takes pride in where they go. You do not look like a lost freshman if you decide to throw on a UNH shirt for class that day. As a matter of fact, you would fit in more if you were wearing UNH apparel. Image result for unh campus with students

2. It is okay to eat alone in the dining hall.

Compared to high school, it is completely normal to see people eating by themselves in the dining hall. With class schedules rarely lining up, it may be hard to find a friend who is free to grab lunch throughout the day. The good news is that it is completely normal to eat alone if you are hungry and there is no one around. Unlike high school, you will not be judged for sitting alone, and with all of the interaction throughout the day, it may be nice to have some alone time while you eat your lunch!Image result for holloway commons unh

3. Sleep is not a priority to anyone in  college.

The rumors are true. It is rare that a college student gets the suggested 8 hours of sleep in a night for many reasons. Whether it be finishing homework late, disruptive roommates or a loud residence hall, it is hard to get to bed at a reasonable time when you live on a college campus. Luckily, your body will adjust fast and you will have some time during your day for naps if you plan your schedule accordingly. Image result for sleep in college

4. Hockey games are extremely important. 

You are not a true Wildcat unless you attend at least one UNH hockey game during your time at the University. The cat pack takes these games very seriously, and it is a great time to come together with your peers to cheer on your school’s team! If it is a winter Friday night, and there’s a game at Whittemore center, know that most of the UNH student body will be packing into the arena. Image result for UNH hockey

5. DHOP is the go-to.

Every UNH student knows that when they are hungry but sick of the dining hall food, DHOP is always the answer. Being right on Main St. in a convenient location, and having the most delicious pizza, UNH students know they cannot go wrong with deciding on DHOP for dinner– once, twice or even three times a week. Image result for dhop

These among others are many college norms that UNH students quickly learn after spending some time on campus. Enjoy your semester and work hard here in Wildcat Country.


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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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