By Lauren Weems & Chad Tucker
No first year, transfer student, or Oxford continuee should be expected to figure everything out on main campus on their own. Between navigating through different buildings to finding the best spot to hangout around campus, here's a compiled list of what to do and what NOT to do at Emory:
What To Do
- Get to know your professors. Emory is a relatively small university which makes it easier to contact and form relationships with your professors. This is great down the road 1) for creating a bond with important people and 2) establishing a connection imperative for things like recommendation letters in the future.
- Go to your professor’s respective office hours. Most professors list their hours at the top of their syllabus and encourage students to come to their office with test questions and for help with assignments.
- Explore Emory’s safe spaces. Whether you're a member of the Black community, LGBT community, or both, Emory provides safe spaces necessary for you to feel comfortable among your peers and to be able to engage with like-minded individuals.
- Try something new! Never been in an art showcase or rode a horse before? With hundreds of clubs available to students you can sign up for anything from an equestrian club to a dance crew. Don't be afraid to join a dance or enter contests. College is the perfect place to explore your interests and find out more about the things you didn't even know you'd love!
- Take advantage of the extended freshman withdrawal option, if need be. Sometimes you accidentally choose the hardest professor, sometimes you fail to take the prerequisite class beforehand, or sometimes you are overzealous in the amount of credit hours you sign up for. Either way, remember: that nebulous “W” on your transcripts can stand for anything you wish, even a win.
- Attend EVERY possible event you hear about on-campus—especially the black ones—because the only way to meet new people is to go out and actually meet them. They won’t barge into your dorm room as you are studying to befriend you (if they did, that would be creepy).
- Go to the orientation events. You may read the itinerary and think it's a waste of time but you may be surprised to find it fun and it's also a good way to meet other first-year students on campus going through the same awkward process of making new friends all over again.
- Find your study spot; make it your second home. You will need it.
- Take advantage of the opportunities Emory has to offer. From the Career Center to E-Pass tutoring, there are so many ways to find help as you navigate the academic rigor of Emory.
- Take advantage of the Emory Shuttles. Emory has free shuttles during Thanksgiving Break to the airport and also free shuttles to popular places like Walmart and Lenox Mall around Dekalb county and Atlanta. Emory even provides transportation to key events and locations in Atlanta called “Experience Shuttles.” On top of all of that, Emory has been known to give away free bus passes!
- Be friendly. You won't be the only new face on campus so don't be afraid to say hi in passing or make small talk when you're at certain places on campus such as the ESBU.
- Check your school email. Emory updates get sent out from here, including surveys which let you enter to win prizes once completed. Also, this is the main point of contact between you and your professors.
What NOT To Do
- Spend all your Dooley Dollars in one week. It can happen and it has happened before. If you're a freshman on campus, you have access to unlimited DUC-ling swipes as well as $150 Dooley Dollars to spend at places like Cox Hall and Kaldis. However, if you don't monitor your spending, you'll be left with $5 Dooley Dollars that will have to last you half a semester, so spend wisely!
- Sign up for an 8:00am class unless it's COMPLETELY necessary. Yes, you woke up at 6:00 a.m. everyday in high school but that kind of discipline will not roll over in college. Trust.
- Go out every weekend three times a week for an entire semester. You came here to learn, your body is tired, and Netflix is far more comforting than a packed room full of sweaty strangers.
- Leave your laundry in the washer or dryer too long. If your clothes were done being washed or dried 5+ hours ago, there is a problem. Not only that, but your clothes will be on the floor, or they will be missing.
- Leave all the cleaning for your roommate. Even if you live in a double in Dobbs Hall, you should still do your fair share by vacuuming the floor or by cleaning off the sink every once in awhile. It'll surely help your roommate relations down the road.
- Schedule your classes blindly. The last thing you want to do is have one class in the Goizueta Business school (b-school) and another in the Visual Arts building with only 15 minutes in-between them. You should definitely take the classes you want but just make sure you plan accordingly.
- Make noise in the reading room. Located on the third floor of Woodruff Library, it's the quietest place to study on campus. People will give you the side eye if you make a lot of noise and if you can't hear a pin drop then you're probably too loud.
- Don't go to the first floor of Woodruff Library to study. You will get nothing done.
- Expect the shuttles to be on time. You're never supposed to rely on public transportation to get you anywhere on time and the shuttles are no exception. They are certainly helpful when moving from main campus to Clairmont and there are other shuttles that will take you to North Dekalb Mall and Publix. Be sure to allot some extra time in your schedule just in case they take longer than usual.
- Be rude to the dining hall and custodial staff. They're some of the nicest and friendliest people around and sometimes when you're nice they'll let you get into the DUC-ling without swiping or let you have a convenience store snack for free.