Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Student Survival Manual 11

10 tips for finding your way around campus


1. Get a good map of the campus and spend a few hours looking at it some rainy evening when absolutely nothing worthwhile is on TV.
2. Remember when using the map in item 1. above that North is often in the direction of the top of the map.
3. Take a stroll around campus some Sunday morning when things are calm around the place and check out the whole thing.
4. Ask someone who's been there awhile to show you around or act lost and confused and someone might volunteer to show you, but be careful who you allow to "assist" you -- some people's intentions are not always admirable.
5. Borrow a video camcorder and make a walking video tour of your campus -- you might be able to sell it to next year's freshmen, and make enough money to pay for your tuition, or your camcorder batteries.
6. Go power walking every night on campus -- you can get in supreme physical condition in the process.
7. Ride your bike to school and check out people, places, and things while you're riding. You might not learn where anything important is, though, because you will be concentrating your efforts on dodging the people in item 6. above.
8. Become a student volunteer helping a physically challenged student around campus.
9. Go to sporting events, concerts, on-campus plays and theater, lectures, colloquia, film society screenings, etc. All of these events could to be in strange and unusual places on campus.
10. Go to a very small college.

Excerpts from Student Survival Manual - 4th EditionCopyright © 1995-2005 by Jack Pejsa

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