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How to Survive Your First Month at LIM

posted by Erica Yanus

Angst.jpgDuring the first week at any college you might feel overwhelmed with the many different emotions you're feeling. You are moving somewhere new, away from your family and friends.

If you are in the Residence Hall, you have to get used to living with a complete stranger. Now add in the fact that you're in New York City! It definitely takes time to get used to living here, but these tips can help take away some of the worry of an incoming freshman.

  • DON’T stress about getting lost. The Maps app on the iPhone gives very specific instructions and always gets you where you want to go, and despite what people think, New Yorkers are willing to help direct you, as long as they have the time.

  • DON’T worry about surviving the subway. It is much easier to use than you think about. You can take the 6 train to and from the Residence Hall to all three LIM buildings.

  • DO stay organized. During the first week of classes, most teachers give you a course calendar. It is very easy for all the dates to get jumbled in your head. I recommend buying a planner and color-coding it to keep all your different assignments straight.

  • DO spend your free time efficiently. Once your last class is over, going home to do homework is the last thing you want to do. By doing work in one of the lounges at any of the three  buildings, you allow yourself more time to relax or explore while still finishing all your work.

  • DO use your off days to explore the city. There are so many things to do even four years here wouldn’t be enough time.

  • DON’T be afraid to talk to other people in your classes. Everyone is new just like you.

  • DO participate in LIM sponsored activities. They are a way to meet new people and explore your school.

  • DON’T be scared to sign up for something you haven’t done. At LIM you never know when an opportunity for a job will present itself.

After spending some time at LIM, I believe I am pretty well adjusted to living in New York City. I wish I had someone to tell me all these things because it definitely would have calmed my nerves and made my first month more enjoyable.

Topics: Admissions Advice, LIM Undergraduate Studies