15+ College Tips

By: Alexis Godshall

Your first-year at any college and specifically, Miami University, is all about the advice you receive beforehand and what you decide to do with your life for the next four years. Here are some helpful college tips that I have found most useful during my three years at Miami University.

  1. Start college on the right foot and you’ll have a better experience.
  2. Keep track of the money you spend and don’t spend too much, so you can eat.
  3. Less is better when it comes to packing.
  4. Get along with your roommates. It will make things so much easier.
  5. Don’t let the stress of college get you down in a rut where there is no return.
  6. Fight the “Freshman 15.”
  7. Consider Greek Life, even if you’re totally against it.
  8. Find cheap textbooks, so that you’re not spending an arm and a leg throughout your four years.
  9. Learn how to use your technology before you get to school.
  10. Manage getting a bad grade by taking the right steps to prevent it in the future.
  11. Go to class even on days where most people aren’t because you may even get extra credit for your attendance.
  12. Back up your files on a hard drive.
  13. Learn how to do your taxes and your FAFSA, so when you’re on your own you won’t have a mental breakdown.
  14. Establish a relationship with a banker in town, so that if you have any issues you will have someone close to you that can help you.
  15. Don’t bring too many clothes.
  16. Take your clothes out of the washer when finished or else after five minutes other people will take the initiative for you.
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By: Alexis Godshall

I’m sure you’ve probably already heard this, but for those of you who haven’t prepare yourself to hear about some squirrels.  Yes, I did in fact say squirrels.  Miami University has the friendliest squirrels you might have ever seen.  I’ll be honest and tell you that they really freak me out.  They freaked me out before I went to school, but now even a little bit more.  These squirrels are not afraid of anything.  There isn’t a sound or a person that will really scare them off.  They tend to be your “walking buddy” when you are trotting around campus.  The squirrels will surely walk you everywhere you go.  Sometimes, they might even get a little closer than you might want.  Don’t be afraid of the squirrels!  (Call me a hypocrite, I know.) They won’t hurt you though.  Learn to get used to the squirrels, just as the squirrels have learned to get used to all of the people walking around campus.  Oddly enough, the squirrels will give you something to laugh about.

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By: Alexis Godshall

I urge everyone to order his or her textbooks far in advance.  Ordering textbooks is extremely easy because of the system that Miami has set up for students.  You may access your list of textbooks through BannerWeb, the same site that allows you to access your classes, parking permits and student information.  Once on BannerWeb, you can see the classes you’re enrolled in, teachers, classrooms, textbooks, and prices.  You have to create an account through the Miami University Bookstore and add the books to your cart.  Once you put the books in your cart, you can pay for them and then pick them up when school begins at the designated area.  Make sure to have your student ID, textbook order number or the online receipt with you at the time of pick up to ensure that your experience goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.

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PC vs. Apple

By: Alexis Godshall

Everyone has to decide between a PC and an Apple computer when they are preparing for college.  I personally have a Macbook Pro, but I have also used a PC in the past.  I enjoy Apple products, so that was one of the reasons I chose to go the Apple route.  There are many others that say that a PC is the way to go.  There really isn’t a specific benefit of one over the other.  The main differences are the way the computers are set up, which impacts how you use your computer.  Either way, it depends on your preference the most.  Keep in mind that there are specific requirements for certain colleges and majors.  I would highly encourage you to check to see if there is a preference in which type of computer to buy before purchasing one.  A laptop is a big investment and you want it to be worth your money, so make sure that you make the right decision.  The main thing to know is that whether you go the PC route or the Apple route that you know you are going to be using this laptop for the next 4+ years, so you want something that you will like.

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Freshman Essentials

By: Alexis Godshall

Getting ready for your first year of college may be stressful, but don’t let it stress you out too much because it’s a wonderful experience.  As it is now summer, you are preparing your things for the fall.  Here are some items you won’t want to forget!

Bed items: XL twin sheets, blankets, XL twin comforter, mattress pad, pillows

Computer items: laptop, headphones, printer, printer ink, printer paper, flash drive

Desk items: calendar, desk lamp, stationary, folders, glue, paper clips, pencils, pens, post-its, stamps, ruler, scissors, stapler, tape, three-hole punch, white-out, calculator, backpack, index cards, notebooks, paper

Dorm items: alarm clock, pictures, extension cords, surge protectors, posters

Food items: water and snacks

Extra supplies: chip clips, cups, dish detergent, plastic silverware, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, microwave, food containers, shower caddy, towels, bathrobe, curing iron, hair dryer, straightener, shower flip flops, washcloths, cell phone charger, music speakers, make up, face wash, dental floss, mouth wash, disinfecting wipes, eye drops, brush, hair spray, lotion, mirror, nail clippers, q-tips, razor, shampoo and conditioner, sunscreen, tissues, paper towels, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, tweezers, jewelry, watch, purse, wallet, hangers, iron, laundry bag, stain remover, air freshener, batteries, fan, sewing kit, sunglasses, umbrella

Medical items: antibiotic cream, rubbing alcohol, band aids, hot/cold packs, aspirin, Tums, contact solution, daily medicine, first aid kit, thermometer, vitamins

Clothes: belts, nice clothes, flip flops, gloves, hat, jackets, jeans, pajamas, pants, shirts, shoes, shorts, snow boots, rain boots, socks, sweaters, sweatshirts, tank tops, underwear, swim suits, work out clothes

Don’t worry; if you happen to forget anything, there are plenty of stores both on and off campus that you can find the essentials for your time at Miami.

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Why I chose Miami

By: Alexis Godshall

Miami University has been called the most beautiful campus on numerous occasions.  I couldn’t agree more with that statement.  The landscaping and architecture around campus are just a few of the many reasons I chose Miami.  My school is truly beautiful and it makes me happy just being there.

Academics are extremely important at Miami and that is another reason why I chose to go here.  School is important to me and I wanted to go to a school that was known for academics.  I heard the professors at Miami truly care about their students and want to help them succeed.  In my two years at Miami, I have seen that that statement couldn’t be truer.  I feel important and not like just a number.

Last, but not least, I chose Miami because of its reputation.  Miami has an overall good reputation.  I was impressed with the academic achievement, teaching staff, the environment, Greek Life and the food.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t visit anywhere besides Miami.  Some people might call me crazy and wonder how I knew that Miami was the place for me, but that isn’t really something I can explain to them.  It was a feeling that I just knew.  I felt like I was in the right place and I knew that this is where I wanted to spend the next 4 years.

The Miami experience isn’t something you can explain to someone, but you have to just let them know that choosing to go to this school will be the best decision you make and that you will know what I am talking about once you’re here.

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All of Me

By: Melissa Goldberg

“All of me

… Loves all of you.” (Sorry, that song has been stuck in my head for days!) With the close to yet another semester, I can’t help but… kind of… sort of… FREAK OUT! It’s crazy to think I have been at Miami for three years; when I remember all too well being a freshman, now I’m going to be the one graduating next May! This time has flown by yet I’ve grown up so much as well. Of course the last three weeks of any semester is stressful and part of me wants nothing more than to just power through. But at the same time, this place is my home and who isn’t sad to leave home?

Although Oxford has only known me for three years, it has seen me through some of the biggest transitions of my life. From changing my major, to getting involved and just honestly to becoming a young adult. More importantly, this place has encouraged me to go outside my comfort zone and try things I would never have had the guts to do prior to Miami.

I remember I couldn’t wait to be done with each year of grade school, middle school and high school but college is different, Miami is different. There’s always an air of bittersweet feelings mixed in with the Oxford breeze around this time of year and I hope you choose to experience it. I do love, “All of you (Miami)”.

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Student Organizations

By: Alexis Godshall

Miami offers over 400+ clubs and organizations for students to become involved with.  There are clubs for just about everyone.  If there isn’t a club that you enjoy, then take it upon you to create one for yourself.  Here is a list of some clubs that are Miami!  If you want to find more, check out The Hub, which is Miami’s organization directory.

Academic Team
Accounting Association
Adopt A School
African Student Network
Badminton Club
Ballet Corps
Best Buddies
Bird Watcher’s of Miami University
Campus Activities Committee
Chemical Society
Chamber Singers
Dance Team
Dance Theatre
Economics Club
Education Club
Equestrian Team
Face and Culture of Every Student
Family Studies Social Work Organization
Genetics Club
GLBTQ Services
Habitat for Humanity
HAWKS Peer Health Educators
Ice Hockey Club
Juggling Club
Lights on Campus
Martial Arts Club
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Pandora’s Box
Rec Sports
Sailing Team
The Crosswalk
Ultimate Frisbee
Vets 4 Vets
Water Ski Team
Zoology/Biology Club

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Selling Textbooks

By: Alexis Godshall

We all know what happens at the end of the semester or at the end of the year… We all have textbooks we just need to get rid of.  The leftover textbooks from the year are no use to us whatsoever.  So, the question is, what do you do with your textbooks?  Well, one option is that if the books relate to your major you can just keep them.  The other option is to sell your textbooks.  One place in town you can sell your textbooks to is The Miami University Bookstore.  They will only buy books that are going to be used by teachers in the next coming semesters though, so don’t always plan on being able to sell them back.  If they are interested in buying your textbook, then they will give you cash on the spot.  This option is typically available to students during finals week inside The Shriver Center.  Another option is to just sell them to classmates, whether it is on your class’ Facebook page, to someone you know or through the textbook exchange Facebook page.  Also, Amazon is a great resource to sell your books to.  I used them this past summer and it was a great experience.  They give you a prepaid postage stamp and label and you only pay for the box to put your books in.  Once they receive and accept your books, then they will credit your Amazon account with a gift card for the price of the books.  The last option is to sell them to The Half-Priced Bookstore or any bookstore in your town that may accept textbooks.

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Parking Tickets

By: Alexis Godshall

No one wants a parking ticket.  How do you avoid getting one?  Well, it’s as simple as parking where you are supposed to park.  Students have parking passes that allow them to park in assigned areas.  You should follow the rules!  Make sure that you read signs for your designated areas and also that you are parked somewhere that you need to move your car at a certain time that you do so.  Don’t try to sneak around the rules because you will get caught.  Once you get caught, you will end up getting a ticket and they are pricey.  If you make the same mistake and break the rules multiple times then you could have your privilege of having a car on campus taken away.  No one wants to have their car taken away from them when they are at school.  Not only that, but no one wants to pay for tickets and have to mail them in.  It’s a hassle, so to avoid that hassle just pay attention to where you’re supposed to park and when you’re supposed to park there and you won’t have any issues.


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