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The first week of school: 10 things to NOT do

The first week of school can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here is some good advice on what not to do so that your week can be smooth sailing at The Beach.

Ariana Sawyer, Opinions Editor

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Do Not . . .

  1. Ditch class

If you don’t show up on your first couple days of class, the professor will likely give your spot to someone else who is begging to add and willing to be there five minutes early.

  1. Get to campus right on time

Parking is chaotic, and if you try to roll up five minutes before class begins, you will spend those five minutes plus an additional 25 trying to find a parking space— and that’s only if the stars have aligned in your favor.

  1. Get lost

Utilize the Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) Lifeguard Stations and the posted maps located all over campus.

  1. Drink alcohol

Well, okay, but at least don’t show up hung-over.

  1. Have road rage

The last thing anybody needs is a thorough telling off at 7:30 a.m. for pulling into the spot you thought you saw first. If everyone remains calm, the parking issue will get at least a little better over time.

  1. Get into an argument with your professor

Believe it or not, this actually happens. Students tend to be an opinionated bunch, but unless it’s a life or death situation, this is absolutely never a good idea in the first week.

  1. Forget to check BeachBoard frequently

Professors often begin posting the week before school starts, and they expect you to have read everything. Imagine how pleased they’ll be when someone actually does.

  1. Dress up too much

The first week is exciting, but wearing comfortable and breathable clothing can help to reduce stress.

  1. Wear uncomfortable shoes

California State University, Long Beach is a stiletto-breaking, blister-making 5,522,402 square feet.

  1. Forget to have fun

Seeing new faces means making new friends. Be sure to frequent the University Student Union, as there are severely fun events taking place.


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