Getting The Most Out Of The Campus Experience
Welcome to Sacramento State and Housing and Residential Life Office. The following information can help residents settle in and get comfortable in their new surroundings. The Resident Advisors (RA), and live-in professional staff are excellent resources and can help with questions or concerns.
Get to know others
Don’t be shy. Look for opportunities to engage with other residents. Attend floor meeting and stop by the RA’s room and say hello. Also, don’t forget a smile goes a long way in building friendships.
Get to know the campus
Don’t be late to class! Get to know campus before the first day of classes. Best way to do this is get a campus map and take a quick tour of the classroom buildings. This will make the transition to campus much easier and less stressful. If in doubt on where to go, ask the Resident Advisor.
Get involved in extracurricular activities and clubs
Make a deliberate, genuine commitment to get involved in something on campus beyond attending classes. One of the best ways to enjoy the campus experience is to get involved in clubs/organizations and other extracurricular activities early on in the fall semester. These activities help with the campus connection and provide leadership opportunities. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is also another excellent way to meet new friends and have a voice in the decision making process in the residence halls.
Get a part-time job on campus working in an academic department, the library, or in one of the many student affairs departments. Visit the employment website and check out the student employment opportunities.
Volunteer to assist at campus events, or apply to be a Resident Advisor (RA) or a campus tour guide. This is a sure way to get to know the campus and faculty/staff and other students.
Attend campus events—basketball games, lectures, concerts, plays, programs that the RA puts on and the list goes on.
Maintaining support ties at home along with persistence in meeting with new people and trying new things will pay off as the first month of classes comes to a close.
Plan first semester schedule carefully
Plan wisely. The first semester is a time for adjustment to campus. It can be challenging and successfull!