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The first six weeks of your college career are extremely important. To help you adjust to college life we've put together this list of what to expect during your first six weeks as a college student.
If you are living in one of the first-year residence halls - Whiteface and Wilson - your RA, CA, and RD have been specially trained to help you transition to collegiate life. If you live in another residence hall or commute and you would like to talk to someone about settling in to life as a SUNY Plattsburgh student, please contact: Office of Student Affairs Phone: (518) 564-2280. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled that you are here at Plattsburgh State! One of our goals is to help you transition into your college courses as smoothly as possible. As you may recall from orientation, organization is an important key to success in college as your life will be very different then high school.
Enter all class times and extracurricular activities as you learn of them. If applicable, enter in your work schedule as well.
Enter the due dates for all assignments, papers, projects, and tests/quizzes from your course syllabi (which you should receive in each class on the first day of that class).
Keep your planner handy so that you can enter events on campus or in the community that you would like to attend or even hang out times with your friends. Some great examples would be to enter in an RA program, an athletic event, or a Weekend with Burghy program!
Now that you are settled in, one of the best things about college is meeting people who are different from you and making life-long friends! You are an important member of our community. We hope that you continue to build friendships and form relationships across campus throughout the year!
Below are some other important interactions and conversations you should make:
Surely, by now you are realizing the differences between high school and college in all areas of your life. Some of your classes are likely becoming more intense as the coursework increases. In other cases, you may not feel like you have as much work because you don't have weekly assignments. But, BE CAREFUL - you are accountable for ALL assignments as well as readings. For those classes which assign more reading, why not focus on more intent note-taking? Stop by the Learning Center on the first floor of Feinberg Library where you can pick up handouts with helpful note-taking advice.
Throughout your time here you have become an important part of our College! If you are not already involved in a club or organization, we strongly recommend you do so to reap all the benefits that come along with it! Getting involved makes you an even more valued member of our community. It's a great way to gain skills that may help you in your future career. Best of all, it's a great way to meet new friends and find your "niche" here at Plattsburgh State!
Check out the Student Association (SA) website where you can find out about services, activities, clubs and organizations that you can become a part of or even create! There are tons of options out there! For example:
By now you have faced, and possibly experienced, many of the challenges and pressures associated with college (academics, meeting new friends, developing a support system, managing time, and/or pressures to use alcohol/drugs, etc.) Always know that you have the support of your RD, RAs, CAs, as well as professionals, services, and offices on campus.
Keep in mind that if you are feeling overwhelmed; you should set up a meeting with your RD or your RA. Remember it is very important to take care of yourself and don't be afraid to ask for help if you are going through a tough time. Here is some helpful advice:
Congratulations! You have accomplished so much during your first five weeks! Just think of all of the changes you have adjusted to. Some were easily navigated while others were much more challenging. The important thing is that YOU MADE IT THIS FAR!!! No doubt that you will be able to go even further!
Now that you have successfully completed your first 5 weeks, it would be a good time to think about the following:
For more information about the First-Year Student Experience at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Michael Cashman, Assistant Director of Campus Activities
Office: Center for Student Involvement
Location: Angell College Center 110
Phone: (518) 564-4830