Tips and Tricks for NSO
Welcome to Wes! We hope you are getting excited to come to campus for New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO is a whirlwind of activities, new friends, and unique opportunities—but it can also feel like a tornado of messy dorm rooms, strange new buildings, and first-day-of-school nerves that you haven’t experienced since middle school. To help you manage the wonderful chaos that is NSO, take a look at these tips and tricks:
Exchange phone numbers with everyone! NSO is a busy time, and it’s likely that you’ll meet someone you get along with, agree to get a meal sometime, and then not run into them for another week. It is so helpful to have peoples’ phone numbers, especially in the first couple days when you’re still learning how to navigate campus.
Accept Facebook friend requests from Wesleyan students, even if you don’t know them! You never know when you are going to need to contact someone about homework, a club, or a campus activity. It will make your life easier if you’ve established these connections from the start.
Take your key EVERYWHERE. Get into the habit of taking it with you to the bathroom, laundry, and kitchen. One accidental lockout can throw a wrench in your plans. The good news is that if you do find yourself locked out, the RAs and Public Safety are always very understanding and helpful.
Buy containers and shelves that fit under your bed. Dorm rooms aren’t too big, so making use of this storage space is essential.
Explore your options when buying books for class. Wesleyan’s bookstore is a great resource for school and dorm supplies in addition to books—and you can pay with Middletown Cash. However, there are other vendors that offer most of the same books and sometimes at a cheaper price, including Amazon, BookRenter, and AbeBooks. If you don’t have your books on the first day of class, do not worry. Professors understand that the first two weeks of school are a “shopping period,” during which students are figuring out what classes they want to take. Professors will often post the textbook readings online for the first couple of classes, so you do not need to stress about falling behind.
Attend NSO activities! It’s the “cool” thing to do, I promise. There is so much to be gained by simply attending these events. From meaningful conversations about bystander intervention to a gender-bender dance party, NSO offers something for everyone. These activities are built to give you the resources and confidence to ensure a successful start to the year. You’ll learn about campus, you’ll make friends, and you’re guaranteed to have fun.
Lastly, but importantly…
It is okay to feel lonely. NSO is an incredibly exciting time, but being surrounded by so many new faces and new activities might feel daunting. If you ever feel lost, we can guarantee that you are NEVER the only one feeling that way. Everyone comes to campus with doubts and reservations, though some might hide it better than others. One of the most valuable parts of NSO is that it provides a comfortable space to address these feelings. We cannot promise that you will never feel lonely or homesick. But we can promise that if you ever do feel this way, you will always have the entire Wesleyan community in your corner, for the next four years and beyond.
Elisa Greenberg ’18, Academic Peer Advisor