1. Know the General Lay of the Land
Rutgers is big! Set aside some time to read up on some of the universities' basic facts and figures. It makes navigating such a big place a little easier when you have a sense of the overall university and what it offers. Rutgers has over 33 schools and colleges to explore. Browse the selection and keep an open mind. You can do anything.
2. Learn How to Navigate Your Academics
University learning is very different from high school learning, isn't it?! Don't be intimidated. Here's the information you need for academic success.
3. Familiarize Yourself with Important Campus Services
Feeling overwhelmed personally and/or academically? Check out the many campus services available to help you take care of yourself— mind, body, and soul.
4. Get Involved with Diversity Programs on Campus
Rutgers has many diversity programs including great cultural centers that students call "a home away from home." Find your second family waiting for you.
5. Plan to Study Abroad for a Semester
Don't let the opportunity pass you by to have a life-changing experience abroad. You will not regret making an abroad experience a priority.
6. Seek Help to Deal with Your Finances
Even if you feel you've been financially independent for a while now, being a university student can take a toll on your wallet. You're not alone, so don't feel alone. There are resources available to help you fund your education and get on the right path to a great financial future.
7. Participate in a Leadership Program
Participating in a leadership program at Rutgers gives you the competitive edge by learning new skills, broadening your career options, and benefiting from mentoring relationships. Not to mention they're fun, too!
8. Be Picky About Your Internship
It's easy to get caught up in everything you have to do that internships can seem like one more thing to check off your list. Just go with what's easy and close in proximity, right? Not so fast. Internships carry more weight after graduation than you might think. Drop into University Career Services to learn how to prepare for, identify, and obtain the best internship for you.
9. Find a Mentor
Lean on an experienced student, staff, or adviser for input on all of the above. Rutgers has many mentoring programs that range from general mentoring for new students to mentoring for students in a specific discipline. Look around and choose the program that's right for you.
- Honors College Mentorships
- Institute for Women's Leadership WINGS Mentoring Program
- Rutgers Business School Mentoring Programs
- Student Access and Educational Equity Peer Mentorship
- School of Engineering First Year Peer Mentoring Program
- Student Affairs Peer Leadership Mentors
- School of Arts and Sciences Transfer Mentors
- School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Peer Mentors
10. Get Involved with ODI
Okay, so maybe number 10 is a little biased. But here at ODI we work hard to host, cosponsor, and promote opportunities that make your experience at Rutgers the best it can be. By signing up to our listserv and connecting with us via social media - you will be the first to know about upcoming events and unique and exciting opportunities.