Rutgers is a huge campus, and sometimes it’s a little overwhelming coming in as a freshmen. The hidden gems of Rutgers are pretty massive as well. There are so many things we forget to tell incoming students at Rutgers orientation. Here are 10 things they probably won’t tell you, but I learned on my own.
1. Rutgers is HUGE. Download the campus map (or carry a copy).
You should already know how huge the campus is from the tours and orientation, but the reality of it really doesn’t hit you until you’re trying to find your way on your own. The campus map will be your life saver, especially when it’s 8 a.m. and you can’t find the bio lab because that’s not even what its called!
2. We love giving away freebies
If you want Rutgers merchandise and you don’t want to drop mad money for it, trust me, there’s probably a tent or table somewhere on one of the four campuses that’s giving something out.
3. Libraries aren’t the only place to study.
Let’s be honest, unless you’re studying outside, at BRR, or Mabel, studying is literally the worst. Studying is more fun with a view, as compared to studying in the basement of Alex.
4. You don’t have to go to the computer lab to print.
This is slightly a lie, but you can print straight from your laptop; all you have to do is install the software and swipe at a printing station.
5. You don’t need a meal plan to eat in the dining hall.
You can conveniently pay with RU-express, or even your debit card for a meal.
6. But who needs a meal plan when you have microwaves?
If you’re more about that warm lunch from home, we have microwaves on every campus for your convenience.
7. Sometimes walking is faster than taking a bus.
If you need to get to the other side of campus, and the bus says it’ll be there in 10 minutes, the chances of you getting to your class before the bus does is pretty high.
8. Don’t take a class during rush hour unless you have no choice.
You will be late and the bus will be packed with sweaty people.
9. RUPD does not joke around with tickets.
Either park off campus or in your designated parking lot. There is no going under the radar.
10. Opportunities are everywhere.
We have everything for you when it comes to getting involved. You probably heard it many times, but get involved!
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My name is Hira and I'm currently studying for my Bachelor's in Dietetics with hopes of eventually going to grad school for Occupational Therapy. When I'm not studying you'll most probably find me playing with cats, putting henna on, binge watching tv, or exploring places.