To incoming Rutgers freshmen,
It's finally July! That means only about two months until you're college freshmen! :) I hope you're enjoying graduation parties, trips to the beach, hanging out with your high school friends, being carefree, Rutgers summer orientation, shopping for college move-in items, and being excited to finally go to college.
So I'm opening this post for questions.
Here are a few questions that I had last year.
What should I bring to my college dorm? Here is the best packing list I found!
When is move-in? August 28th for general students. Those in living-learning communities or special programs could have different move-in dates.
When do classes start? Classes start on Sept. 1st.
What is Next Bus? Rutgers uses a bus system. This can be used to find out when the next Rutgers bus to coming to your stop. For the texting service information, click here <- best invention by a Rutgers student.
What is Sakai? A website for your classes. When you are enrolled into certain classes, the professor will usually set up a Sakai page. There are usually chatrooms so you can discuss assignments with other students, assignments tab to find out what homework you have, etc.
What is My Rutgers? A place where you can check your emails, grades, dining hall menus, schedule of classes, calender of events.
Where do I buy my textbooks? To find out what textbooks you need for your classes, click here. Unless you absolutely need to or it is a bargain package deal, do not purchase your books new from the bookstore. You can find much cheaper books at online websites or by purchasing from other RU students (check out FB groups for advertisements).
How do I find out where I've been assigned to dorm or who my roommate is? Housing will eventually email you. Last year, we found out the assignments around early August.
Why does every freshman hate Expos? I love to write, and I still did not like Expos. It's frustrating because it doesn't teach us how to write (and if you're someone like me who wants to learn how to write, then Expos is extra irritating). Instead, it makes us follow some weird Writing Program formula on how to compare two or three very different essays using strained comparisons and statements.
Comment below if you have any questions about college, the transition from high school to university, etc. I'll try my best to help you :)
Entry is now closed for questions as of 8/23/2010.