This post has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can create a post or quiz. Try making your own!Community·Posted on Jul 31, 201910 Things PSU First-Year Students Want To KnowSmeal Student Mentors Advice to First Year Smeal studentsby smealstudentmentors2019Community ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Wait to buy your textbooks Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Textbooks can get expensive FAST! Wait to buy your textbooks until the first week of classes (you don't always need to get the "required" textbooks). Or, think about sharing with a friend! Also, to save money try to rent your textbooks from The Student Bookstore on College Ave., or buy them online for much cheaper. 2. Leave your dorm room open Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Leave your dorm room open for the first week of classes so that you can meet new friends! (But make sure to lock your door when you aren't in your dorm) 3. Get involved early Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Go to the involvement fair to scope out your options and sign up for a couple of clubs that interest you. This year, the Involvement Fair will take over the HUB Lawn on August 28, 2019, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Be sure to check it out! 4. Be prepared for the weather Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF ALWAYS have an umbrella in your backpack just in case and invest in a parka! Happy Valley weather isn't always the most reliable. 5. Download Penn State apps to make your life easier: CATA, Canvas, LionPath, etc. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF There is nothing worse than running after the bus. Get the CATA app so you always know when the bus is coming. ALWAYS enter the bus through the front doors! 6. Go to as many events as you can Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Most of the sporting events are free with a student ID, and other events, such as theatre events, are discounted for students! 7. Go to your professors' office hours Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Going to Professors' office hours is a great way to have your teacher get to know you and get help with essays, studying, and more. 8. If you want to study abroad, get on it early Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF You need to apply about a year before the semester you want to go away, so don't wait! Meet with your adviser as soon as possible. Also, for most study abroad programs, out of state students will be charged IN-STATE tuition. 9. Stock up on business clothes Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF As a Smeal student, you will need to (and want to) attend different networking events, case competitions, and other things that require business casual or professional attire. 10. Go to free gym classes Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Take advantage of the classes offered at the different gyms on campus since they are already included in your tuition!