1. Be proud to be a Forbesian! People in other residential colleges will give you grief because Forbes is far, but they don't know what they're missing out on. We’re worth the walk.
2. Don't bring too much with you. You can always get the essentials on, or near, campus.
3. Bring a bike, or get one from U-Bikes
. Campus isn't large, but it is so convenient to have a mode of transportation when you're rushing in that ten minute block between classes
4. Talk to as many people as possible in the first week. Even if you're shy, get over it, and just do it. You won't regret it if you do, but you definitely will if you don't.
5. Spend time getting to know your roommate, your Zee group and other Forbesians—they will become some of your best friends.
6. Take the roommate agreement seriously. When you make rules for your room, realize that you must stick to them. So if you want to be in bed by 1am every night, make sure your roommate is aware and understands the arrangement.
7. Don't just sign up for clubs at the activities fair, actually try the things that you see at the activities fair. Just thinking about how cool something sounds won't get you involved.
8. Shop courses. Attend 5 or 6 courses for the first week, then drop down to whatever you feel comfortable taking.
9. When planning your class schedule, try to pick a range of class sizes (from lectures to seminars) so that you can check out the different class styles to see what suits you. Make sure to consider the type of work you’ll have for each class during midterms and finals weeks. You don't want to get stuck with 5 papers and no exams, or vice versa. Try to find a balance.
10. Get to know at least one of your professors well each semester. Most of the faculty here are really cool people. Plus, it's helpful to know someone who can write a letter of recommendation.
11. Call your parents every now and then to let them know you’re alive. They like to hear what you’re up to, and tend to have really good advice.
12. Going out to the street is fun, but keep it in check. Don’t go out four nights a week. You’ll feel terrible, and you won’t be able to cover all of your commitments.
13. Find any kind of physical activity you enjoy and stick with it. It will make you a happier, healthier, better student.
14. Identify all sources of free food and caffeine. Whether its study breaks, stuff left out in dining hall, or the Forbes cafe (which is amazing), make sure you know whenever anything edible is being given away. There's a reason we're called "starving college students."
15. Eat breakfast. Seriously.
16. Have fun. Make some memories. Go see a Broadway show, have a picnic on a nice day, go for a hike into the woods—you'll remember those moments for the rest of your life.
17. Don't worry about keeping up with other people. You're here for yourself, so it doesn't matter how anyone else is doing.
18. Get to know the people
who keep Forbes running. You’ll be surprised how cool they are, and how much they can help when you need it.
19. Read everything that anyone in the college office sends in an email. Even if you don't think it's important, it probably will be.
20. Relax! We are all stressed out. Just come read for a great time, and don't forget to pack your toothbrush.