I wrote down some tips I figured might be helpful for college freshman in general before, now it’s time for some Northeastern specifics.
1. Rebecca’s. It’s the best place to use your meal swipes hands down. It usually takes freshman a few weeks to even know it exists so you’re welcome for letting you in on the secret now. Disclaimer: It WILL be packed around 11:30 and 1:30 when class is in session.
2. Get your Charlie Card during Welcome Week. Boston’s subway/underground is called the T and rides are $2.50. OR you can get a FREE little plastic card (the Charlie Card) you can load money onto that you use exclusively for T rides. It has the nice benefit of keeping your T funds in one place…and oh yeah, it knocks .50 off every ride. The trick is they don’t have them at any of the Northeastern T stops (there are 4) so you have to make the trip to get one.
3. Get to know campus with a buddy. During Welcome Week (seriously guys, such a useful time) walk around and try and find all of your class buildings. Maybe do it with someone in your major so you’re looking for the same buildings, or perhaps an entirely different one so you can check out all of campus. A few building are hidden away a bit, so don’t be afraid to ask someone for directions!
4. Check out our a Cappella scene because we’re awesome. When does Pitch Perfect 2 come out again? Doesn’t matter, we’ve got our own version.
5. Go to Mike’s Pastry once. After that, Modern Pastry Shop is just as good and there’s not a ridiculous line. Trust me, this is important.
6. The Prudential Center is your new shopping mall (and visual guide to getting home at 2am) go check that too!
7. With your meal plan you get X amount of Dining Dollars too. These can be used at certain food locals on and off campus. More importantly, they can be used at Shaws, the grocery store over at The Pru (the place I just mentioned.) It’s a limited amount of funds, so if you don’t mind a bit of a walk, Shaws might be your best choice for wise spending (as opposed to Popeye’s or Taco Bell.)
8. While we’re on the topic of food, I can’t forget Outtakes. It’s a little store by the Stetson West dining hall you can use your meal swipe at for things like chips and pop. It’s an easy way to turn a meal swipe into some snacks for the room.
9. Yes, I called it “pop” (you may refer to it as “soda”). Chances are that within a few days of arriving on campus, someone is going to point out that you said something a way they found weird. Don’t be offended, be excited! It’s cool to discover what different parts of the world…or country…or state call things. Here’s some vernacular that threw me for a loop upon arriving at Northeastern: A bubbler- A drinking fountain. A trolley- A shopping cart. On line- In line.” An elastic- A hairband. Also, you might not think you have an accent… but you do.
10. Get involved! Even if you’re not sure what kind of clubs or groups you want to join, there are always events going on that you can participate in. As long as you’re open, you’ll find where you belong. Shameless plug- go to everything RSA related because we’re the coolest.
I’ll probably keep making posts like this as my brain keeps thinking of more helpful hints. Help me know what types of tips you’re looking for by asking my questions!
See you in the Fall!
Benjamin P. Brady
P.S. Do me a favor? When you get to your orientation, find the Orientation Leader named Justin Hewitt and tell him you want to be a part of #SomethingAboutWaffles. Then deny knowing me. Thanks :)