Tips for Your First Year On Campus
Is this your first year on campus? If so, welcome to Fort Collins! We’re so happy to welcome you to the RAMily and the wonderful city of FoCo! Read on for some handy tips for your first year on CSU’s campus.
9 tips for your first year on campus:
1. Check where your classes are before making your schedule
I made this mistake my first year – it’s hard to anticipate how far away buildings may be from each other before you’re familiar with campus. It is entirely possible to end up with a schedule that has you sprinting across the intramural fields three days a week. Keep a map on hand!
2. Bring a pair of wheels to campus
CSU has a pretty big campus. It’s a good idea to bring some form of commuter transportation: bike, board, scooter, roller blades, whatever you like! Just make sure to dismount in the dismount zones and register your bike with the CSUPD.
5. Extra meal swipes? Stop by Ram’s Horn Express or Durrell Express to stock up on snacks to-go
Try to plan to go before Friday night – swipes for the week expire at midnight and the shelves will be barren.
6. Check out buildings on campus, even if you don’t have any classes in them
Did you know there’s a greenhouse on campus? That the BSB has a balcony with an amazing view of campus? That the Natural Resources building has a “living wall” of plants or that the Biology building has dozens of educational displays? Get to exploring!
7. Know where RAMcash works and how much you need
RAMcash can buy you vending machine snacks and food at any coffee shop and in the LSC. It does not work at the bookstore! You get an allotted amount of RAMcash depending on your meal plan. Most times, you won’t need any more, especially since engineers get printing credits!
8. Get to know your hallmates
Go to meals together, hang out in study rooms, do homework, play card games. The hall is your oyster!
9. Get to know your classmates
These people may very well be by your side for the next few years!
Author: Kate Boyd
Kate is a third-year student studying Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Spanish. She is a committed Engineering Student Ambassador and member of the Honors program and Algae Club. She hails from Boulder, Colorado.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the engineering ambassador team at firstname.lastname@example.org!