Everything you wish you’d known freshman year at MSU

Learn from them now

Heading into freshman year at MSU you may think you’ll survive easy. You’ll get ready to deck out your dorm and have your phone out for photos at all time. But there are little things that other MSU freshman would have realized that can make your life a whole lot easier.

Buying books from the campus bookstores

With all the emails and letters sent to your door, it might seem like the only places you can buy textbooks at MSU are Collegeville or Spartan Bookstore. Not true. In reality you’re going to spend hundreds more per book there, and then they’ll buy them back for little to nothing. Renting from companies like Chegg or Amazon can really save the bank.

MSU planners! #msu2020 #msu2019 #msu2018 #msu2017 #planner

A post shared by Spartan Bookstore (@spartanbookstore) on Aug 11, 2016 at 5:13pm PDT

RCPD can be a godsend

RCPD stands for the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. They handle everything from mental, physical, and educational disabilities. The point of RCPD is to help students with any array of disabilities to maximize the quality of experience they have at MSU. It is in their jurisdiction to allow anything from emotional support animals, to separate testing locations.

This is a little courtyard inside Bessy Hall next to the resource center for persons with disabilities. I like the etching on the glass contrasted with the beautiful fall colors

A post shared by tim potter (@flyingdutchman63) on Nov 1, 2013 at 4:34pm PDT

It’s best to get involved

There are nearly a thousand registered organizations on campus; meaning there has got to be one you can find that is at least halfway interesting. But if clubs aren’t your style, there are always sports games, university events, hall government and university employment to get you going. Getting involved lets you meet people, potentially your best friends.

Spartans win Group D to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

A post shared by MSU Club Soccer (@msu_club_soccer) on Nov 17, 2016 at 6:21pm PST

Bus passes aren’t necessary, but they’re nice to have

Truth is, you don’t have to spend 50 bucks on a bus pass each semester, campus is truly walkable from one end to the other. Sure, you may freeze in the winter and boil in the summer, but it is possible. CATA is nice for a warm ride, but is often packed, and won’t get you to class faster when running late.

#MSU#CATABus 39번 버스와 버스 패스만 있으면 어디든 갈 수 이써…!

A post shared by HONGIK Univ./MSU/?스타그램/기매리?? (@gimaeree) on Jan 10, 2017 at 12:14pm PST

Bikes are the next best

If you’re not all in for the bus and are dreading walking, bikes are for you. After a quick registration your bike can go anywhere on campus.

#MyLeaderBike My very first bike build from the frame up. Love this set up. I'm #VelodromeBound as soon as I get dropbars #Aerospoke #LeaderBikes #Leader725

A post shared by Michael Ewing (@bikeshopmike) on Jul 29, 2015 at 9:35pm PDT

Take advantage of finals week destress events

Finals suck, and the university knows it. So as incentives for breaks, the university creates destress events all around campus during the week before and of finals. Most will include food to indulge in and puppies to love on. And, despite 24/7 quiet hours, every night at midnight you’re allowed to scream, so do it as loud as you can.

#MSUfinals #finalsweek #finalsyell #finalsscream

A post shared by Apollo 陈超荣 (@thebrodyapollo) on Dec 7, 2014 at 9:01pm PST

You can change your schedule after AOP

The student who helps you figure out the MSU schedule builder is not law. They don’t know you, or your major, or class preferences; they only know what the sheet from your advisor says. Whatever schedule they make, you can change to fit your liking.

Sparty is bae ? #msuaop #msu2020

A post shared by Abigail Scott (@abigail.scott.98) on Jun 29, 2016 at 4:45am PDT

Take advantage of Spartan Cash

Spartan Cash will save you. Don’t want to spend money, but you’re desperately hungry? There are many near campus restaurants that will take Spartan Cash.

Spartan Spirit Coffee is a reliable study partner. (?: @hobsonlaw). #eatatstate #spartys #caffeine #studying

A post shared by EatAtState (@eatatstate) on Feb 8, 2017 at 8:05am PST

The weather changes rapidly

Michigan weather seems to change every ten minutes. Once you get used to one thing, it will change. So be prepared to bring clothes, lots of them. You’ll need clothes that can keep you warm in negative weather, and clothes that let you breathe when it is almost breaching a hundred degrees outside.

Until next fall #MSU ?

A post shared by Esther? (@miss_queen_esther) on May 7, 2017 at 9:30pm PDT

Use the MSU Guide app

Most likely, when you get on campus, you have no idea where you are. The MSU Guide can save you. This app has real time maps, dining hall menus, CATA times and more. It can be the ultimate savior to any freshman.

Because if we don't do it, who will? #SpartansWill.

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