1. Involvement: Dive right in. Get involved somewhere! Visit ministries, churches, and organizations. Find where you fit.
  2. Friends: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Make many friends, hang out with new and different people, not just one or two.
  3. Driving: If you get lost, keep driving and try to figure the town out. That’s how I learned the area. Don’t freak out if you don’t know where you are. You always have your phone to search if you need it, but it may help if you keep going until you find a familiar road. Then you’ll make connections of what streets will get you where!
  4. Assistance: Ask for help! Thats what I’m here for, and what so many others are willing to do! We want you to love it here at Auburn, and we will do what we can to help out.
  5. Time management: Know when to turn down fun or adventure for studying. School is important and while it may stink to miss a movie night, you’ll be happy you did when you do well on an assignment!
  6. Explore: Go on weekend trips when you are given the chance! Road trips have been some of the best times of my short college career. Meet your friends’ families, travel, and volunteer when you can.
  7. Night Owldom: If you’re like me, sometimes you’re tempted to choose sleep over friends. Sometimes that’s ok, but make sure you make some time for spontaneity. The funniest things tend to happen later at night when everyone is a little tired and giddy.
  8. Money management: Watch how you spend your money. Its worth it to spend a little more on healthy food and less on things like clothes than to eat cruddy food that won’t help keep the Freshman 15 off. Also: groceries. Do them. Don’t waste too much money eating out.
  9. Be Active: Take advantage of the Rec Center! Its fantastic and there is so much to do. Invite friends, or go alone, but try to stay active.
  10. Be on Mission: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Don’t forget the ultimate mission. Glorify God and see this campus as a mission field. Whether it be an international student or the guy sitting next to you in class, look for ways to talk about Jesus’ work in your life and show love to all people.

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