Starting college can be terrifying (I know it was for me), especially if you don’t know what to expect coming in. I’m a first-generation freshman at Ohio University, so I had absolutely no idea what I was in for when I got to campus. Now that I’m just a few days away from the end of my first year of college, I’d like to share some tips with my future fellow Bobcats as to how to get through your first year of college. I’ve created a list of the major social media users every incoming student should like or follow to help ease the transition and make the most of living in Athens.
The Bobcat Student Orientation Instagram account is a useful tool for freshmen or new students due to the fact that it offers a wide variety of tips about Ohio University’s campus. Be sure to check it out and follow it for ideas about new study spots or just some fun facts about the campus!
— Jenny Hall-Jones (@JennyHallJones) April 16, 2016
Jenny Hall-Jones, Dean of Students and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, has an active presence on Twitter. She tweets not only about on-campus activities, but also encouraging messages to OU students such as the one above. She also retweets other students fairly often, so be sure to follow her and tweet at her to get a shoutout!
The University Program Council at OU puts on fun and free events for students periodically throughout the year. It brought Metro Station to Baker University Center, allowing students to take a study break at a free concert during the last week of classes. The organization updates its Facebook page more frequently than its Twitter, so be sure to stay updated by liking it on Facebook!
High near 49 today w/ a small chance of rain showers. Freeze Warning tonight w/ a low near 26 & a rain-snow mix likely. Currently 39. #ohwx
— Scalia Lab Athens OH (@ScaliaLabAthens) April 8, 2016
The Scalia Lab right here in Athens keeps OU students up to date on the latest weather, including snow emergencies during the winter months. Living in the midwest, we need to be sure someone is watching out for the next unexpected turn of weather, and the Scalia Lab does just that. It has saved me during quite a few unexpected weather emergencies (including the sudden foot of snow we got one day in January out of absolutely nowhere).
5. Your graduating class on Facebook
Find your class page on Facebook as soon as possible. While there are students who just post in the group to be distracting, annoying or obnoxious, there are a lot of posts that can be helpful. People post about lost IDs, potential new groups and even roommate searches. You just might find your college best friend in the group! Or at least your lost ID.
6. Other incoming students in your program of study on any platform
OHIO UNIVERSITY HONORS TUTORIAL COLLEGE CLASS OF 2019! ✏️????
— connor r. perrett (@connorperrett) April 8, 2015
The easiest way to do this is to search your program of study on Twitter or Instagram. You could also try to be a go-getter and create a Facebook group, but that may not work unless you know at least a few other people to invite to the group. Following and even messaging some of your future fellow Bobcats is the best way to make sure you’re not coming to campus knowing absolutely no one. If you’re proactive in making friends, the transition from high school and parental dependence to college and independence will be much less scary.
There are other social media accounts that could be of use to new students, but these are the lifesavers in my experience. Just keep in mind that college is an incredible time in which people grow and discover who they are. It’s okay to be afraid of this big transition, but it’s also okay to come in excited and ready for the next step in life.