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11 Ways To Adjust To Freshman Year At Rutgers

1. Learn your buses.

Rutgers has about 9 to 11 bus routes. Each route leads to a different campus, and it can get pretty crazy. Learn which bus to take, and learn them well.

2. Familiarize yourself with the campuses.

Rutgers is made up of four different campuses: Livingston, Busch, College Ave., and Cook/Douglass. We’re basically our own little town! It’s really easy to get lost, so make sure you familiarize yourself.

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3. Budget yourself.

During your freshman year at Rutgers, you’ll probably want to go out and explore; we get it. But be careful not to spend all your money! Budget yourself wisely; you don’t need to go out to eat for the third day in the row.

4. Make time for sleep.

Yeah we know, once finals hit, sleep basically doesn’t exist anymore. But sleep is VERY essential. If you get a good night’s rest, you’ll be able to stay more focused while studying for your exams, and not fall asleep WHILE you take your exam!

5. Libraries are your friend.

There’s a library on every campus, and they’re all FREE. Each library should have a quiet section, so you can focus on your work instead of getting distracted.

6. You don’t need to go out every weekend to fit in.

After the first few weeks, you’ll understand that it’s a pain to go out. Weekend buses are a pain, and frat houses get too hot. Stay home and relax once in a while!

7. Don’t buy your books from the bookstores!

Check online before you go to your campus bookstore. You might be able to score your textbook for about $20 instead of $300.

8. Office hours are your best friend.

If you’re struggling in a class, don’t be hesitant to go and ask for help. Your professors put time aside to help you out.

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9. Take advantage of events.

Rutgers hosts a lot of free events, as well as having rappers/singers come down to perform. Don’t miss the opportunity to have fun (Cash Cash came down to Rutgers last year)!

10. Be patient with the Rutgers systems.

We get trouble once in a while, and some of our systems get shut down. It gets annoying, but be patient and it’ll be up and running!

11. Just have fun!

If you want to do certain things during your freshman year at Rutgers, then go for it! Don’t let it hold you back. It’s your freshman year and you live and learn. It’s exciting to try different things!

Have any other ways to adjust to freshman year at Rutgers? Comment below!

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Grace Kang

Grace is a student at Rutgers University, studying Public Health. She loves to play music, as she can play the piano and guitar. She also loves to play sports like tennis, volleyball, and football. She loves to be around people and loves to laugh.

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