The start of the spring semester is just days away and along with it will come a new crop of students taking their first classes at Chapman this Monday. Spring move-in day proved to be a bit soggier than most on Thursday with new residents dodging puddles and rushing through the rain as they moved to and from the residence halls to get settled into their new home.
The bustle of moving in is wrapping up and today’s day of Orientation is coming to a close. What are new (and continuing) students to do?
Our current Chapman students have some ideas.
Jaquelyn South ’15, says, “don’t stay in your room, get out and have fun!” YouTube and Facebook are great, but you are in college and at a special moment in your life. Take advantage of everything Chapman has to offer, in all likelihood your social media time suckers will still be there after you graduate.
One great place to meet new people, play some 8-ball, or paddle some ping pong is the Cheverton Commons in the Henley Basement. Lukas Castor, ’16 uses the Henley Basement like his “living room” and he enjoys visiting Doy’s Place in the evenings. Doy’s Place is open after the dining commons close for students to pick up a midnight snack.
Mikaela McDougall ’14, recommends that you “get involved in clubs and random activities” that are offered on campus. Mikaela is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and going into college she never thought she would join a Greek organization. She is so happy that she participated in recruitment and she recommends it to everyone, even those that think Greek Life is not for them.
Finally we cannot leave out the academic side of college life, after all, you are here to get an education! Eric Cruz ’15, is looking into studying abroad and looks forward to spending a semester in Spain. He also recommends that you get to know your professors because they can help you “create connections” with others in your chosen field.
We’d love to hear others chime in with suggestions below!