Assumption College Campus
Assumption College’s campus is pretty small, so it’s simple to get into a group and find some friends your freshman year. It’s all about getting involved and meeting new people. All you need to do is follow these 10 steps to have an awesome freshman year at Assumption College:
1. Introduce yourself to everyone on your floor. This might seem scary, but everyone’s just as anxious as you are to make friends. Your roommate will not always be your best friend, so you need to network. Don’t be afraid to knock on everyone’s door and introduce yourself. You might even inspire someone else to do the same! It’s also exciting to do something you’re afraid to do, like put yourself out there and be first to say hello. I did this my first year (and neglected to do it the next), and it honestly made a huge difference in how comfortable I was on my floor.
2. Join a club or a team. A club is an awesome way to meet people who like the same things that you like. If there’s nothing interesting there, then its important to make your own club. It’s a great way to get involved and feel like you belong. Each club is supposed to do one fundraiser a semester, so you can let your creative juices flow or show off your leadership skills. Joining a team will give you a family on campus. Having teammates you’re close with gives you long-term friendships that you wouldn’t have otherwise.
3. Go to the different educational opportunities. Every month or so, Assumption College does a different panel or lecture. I’ve learned about the Shroud of Tarin, Affirmative Action, euthanasia, and gun control thanks to the various panels I’ve gone to. I was even a panel member my freshman year about bullying and its affects. This allows you to interact with people of all different view points. If you’re at all into politics or sociology, these things are definitely for you.
4. Go to a game or two. If you love basketball or hockey like I do, going to the games will help you have an awesome freshman year at Assumption College. Getting to the home games and supporting your school, especially when you go with friends, is an awesome bonding experience. I put this off for too long, and I don’t go often enough, but when I do go I have an amazing time cheering on my school.
5. Personalize your room. Whether you’re in a double, triple, or a quad, your room freshman year is going to be dull and characterless unless you make it your own. To do this, fell free to bring in pictures to pin to your cork board that comes with the room. Bring Christmas lights to string around. Bring Command Strips and wallpaper your wall with posters. Just make it your own, and you’ll have an awesome freshman year at Assumption College.
6. Do a service project. Whether it’s petting to-be service puppies or cleaning out a backyard, these service projects allow you to get in touch with other people and do something rewarding for yourself. If you want to teach in the future, gain some practical experience and tutor kids. If you want to be a nurse or doctor, go spend time with the elderly. Everything you do will create long-lasting memories and will give you something awesome to put on your résumé!
7. Get off campus. Assumption College is on a long, residential street with sidewalks only half the way down. After classes, it’s practically impossible to walk off campus, go anywhere, and make it back before dark. Make friends with upperclassmen with cars on campus and go with them to the clubs, go bowling, or just go out to eat. Don’t wait for the bus to take you to the Solomon Pond Mall on Friday night, or to Blackstone Valley Mall on Saturday night; go out of your way to create your own awesome freshman year.
8. Go on a retreat. The START retreats are there for a reason! Go spend some time with strangers and get to know them. Retreats are a great way to make long-lasting friendships. You can even get to know more about yourself through the various exercises. Don’t be afraid to sign up, even if you don’t know anyone else going.
9. Take a class that interests you. A lot of freshmen at Assumption fall into that sad rule of taking just general education (gen ed) classes. This is such a mistake, and makes for a horrible semester. Be sure to take a class that you actually want to take. This could even be a gen ed class! In my first semester, I took Psych 101 and a politics class, and I had an awesome time balancing my other dull gen eds. It is so crucial to make room for electives if you want to have an awesome freshman year at Assumption College.
10. Don’t go home on weekends! This might be last on the list, but it’s not any less important than the other points. You should not, not, not go home for your first few weeks at Assumption College. You will miss out on bonding experiences. It’s a clicky school, and you want to get into your click as soon as you can. If you miss out on the weekends, you’ll be the last one to find friends and make a niche for yourself. My freshman year, our first weekend at Assumption found us in a blackout (common at Assumption College) because of hurricane Irene. No TV, no power, no nothing. I got to know the people in my hall and it was an amazing time. That’s how I met one of the girls I roomed with in my sophomore year.