1. Get Involved!
There are hundreds of Registered Student Organizations (RSO's) on campus, including charities, honor societies, club sports, and special interest organizations. You can put as little or as much time into them as you would like, and chances are you'll make new friends in the process! This is not including Associated Student Government, Greek Life, and University Programs! Visit osa.uark.edu for more information on the ample opportunities around campus within your fingertips!
2. You don't have to know everything your freshman year
Or even your sophomore year! Don't be afraid to have the courage to say you want to change your major. Don't be afraid to admit you have no idea what you want to be doing after college. Don't be afraid to take a random class that peaks your interest. You're already a couple steps ahead because you're here. Keep up with your assignments, explore your options, and life will be just fine.
3. The Best Place To Buy Textbooks?!
There is truly no one answer to this question -- no 2 textbooks are the same. A campus favorite is Chegg, where you can easily rent most textbooks typically for less than buying. This is not to say Chegg is the only resource for rentals; Amazon Prime occasionally offers great deals for textbook rental, but Chegg is much more reliable in that respect. Head over to Chegg.com to check out their offers! Although rentals are usually the cheapest option, if you are able to spend a bit more to buy used, you can sell back the book at the end of the semester! Chances are you won't get your entire investment back, but the extra cash flow is nice! For the fall semester, its your holiday shopping money, and for the Spring Semester, you won't have to worry about coming up with the funds to buy a new swimsuit (summer-ready...thanks textbook buyback program!!) Just as you should compare prices on multiple websites to find the cheapest price for a used textbook, you should check to see which textbook buyback program will give you the most money for it at the end of its use!
4. Apply for scholarships!
Do you think it's too late to apply to scholarships because it's already the fifth week of school? It's actually the opposite. There are so many ways to get more money. You just have to look for it. Why turn down free money? Check it out at scholarships.uark.edu
5. Where to park and how to bus
Are you tired of walking everywhere? There are buses that go to every side of Fayetteville and can get you across campus in no time. Just go to parking.uark.edu. You can even look at it on your phone in real time!
6. How To Manage Your Time.
By far the most popular response among our student population, time management is certainly an issue for everyone at some point in their college career. They say for every hour in class comes another 2-3 in study and preparation...ins't that the truth! Between in-class and out-of-class work, self-care, household responsibilities, work, internships, clubs, and a social life you attempt to maintain, a planner is crucial. Use it properly, and it will be your best friend.
7. Money Money Money
College is expensive, you guys. We can all feel that pain, but college is also a really good time to try to get a good grasp on saving and spending money.
Food: Gotta have it.
First of all, utilize the Walmart on campus! You can get a whole lot of Ramen for not a whole lot of money if you're feeling low on funds.
If you live on campus and have a meal plan, don't let those flex dollars go to waste! They can be used at all restaurants on campus, even after dining hours! Razorbucks and flex dollars expire at the end of each semester. Buy that Starbucks while you can!
Fun: Also gotta have it.
Living in Fayetteville, there is always something to do, some of them cost money, but there are also so many free events on campus as well as in the community as a whole. For free campus events, keep your eyes open for fliers and read your Newswire emails. If you want to stray a little off campus, there are so many local parks and trails to hit up- all for free!!
Work study is an awesome program that UofA offers, the hours are usually super flexible and you get to work right where you go to school! Super convenient! Even if you don't quality for work study through financial aid, there are tons of jobs available on campus. Go to www.jobs.uark.edu for a full list of open positions on campus. If you need help constructing your ideal resume before applying for jobs, visit www.uark.optimalresume.com for free help.
Which brings me to my next point...
8. Know your resources!!
College can be a whirlwind of a time with brand new info thrown in your face everywhere you turn. Sometimes you're going to be confused. Sometimes you're going to say WTF. But there are so many resources in place to help you. Nobody wants you to fail, we promise!!
If you're sick and need to see a doctor: www.health.uark.edu
If you're feeling emotionally or mentally perplexed: www.health.uark.edu/counseling
If you're feeling like you need some workout motivation: www.urec.uark.edu/fitness/group-fitness/
If you're feeling like you're having a hard time grasping something in class or maybe you need help editing your term paper: www.class.uark.edu
If you're unsure about what direction you would like to go in your degree plan, make an appointment with an advisor:
If you need a job: www.jobs.uark.edu
If you need to sign up for accommodations: www.cea.uark.edu
9. Be realistic with yourself.
This is your time to do things for you. And only you. Experience it all and take it all in and learn and grow and figure out what you need to be doing. Every person is different, but if you're not a morning person, maybe don't sign up for a seven o'clock lab. If you're working 40 hours a week, maybe don't sign up for 18 credit hours in one semester. If you're in a relationship that's holding you back from reaching your full potential academically, socially, or otherwise, learn how to let it go. Learn that the sun will still rise each morning and life will still go on no matter what you choose to do. But- its up to you to make the choice to do the right thing for you. Get very comfortable with saying "No". Turn down anything that will not offer you growth. Get comfortable with saying "Yes". Get out of your comfort zone and surprise yourself with doing things you never thought you could. Because lets be real- You made it to college. You're here all by yourself doing the things you want to be doing becoming the person you want to be. You can do anything. So do it.