October 6, 2014

Better Late Than Midterms!

We know that it sounds odd that we’re welcoming you to Rutgers at the beginning of October. A month has passed since the first day of classes and hopefully you’re settling in to life as a Scarlet Knight. Dean Frosh has found that good advice often gets lost when offered during the shock and awe of the early days of the semester when you’re just trying to find your classes and figure out the buses.

So, on behalf of the SAS First-Year Student Advising team (collectively known as Dean Frosh), we’re
happy to have you joining the Rutgers family, and we look forward to accompanying you on your journey as Scarlet Knights!

Not Dean Frosh, but We Wish!
We want that journey to be a successful one, so we hope that you’ll continue to read this blog for direction, speak with your advisers about classes, ask strangers if you’re on the right bus, and use all of the resources available to you to make that possible.

Our Facebook news feed has been blowing up with advice for college students for the past few weeks. Since it’s likely that your newsfeed was filled with people doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or moving into their new college, we wanted to share some highlights with you:

10 Things Every College Professor Hates is a great list of how to interact with your professors. Most of it is common sense  (By the way, we’ve ALL tried #7 when we were students and are therefore smart enough to know when it’s happening, and #3 is the one that drives us crazy when we’re teaching!)

Don’t Email Me is about a faculty member (at another school) who has completely banned students from emailing her. A little extreme? For sure. But the points made in the article are important ones. They’re a great reminder that we expect you, our students, to be self-sufficient and to be informed. Fast forward: your employers will expect this, too! 

Finally, take a few minutes to read What Every Knight Should Know.  It provides some basic information for new students about academics, staying healthy, resources at Rutgers, getting involved in clubs and organizations, and more.

 You’ll notice that some of the advice in the articles above is repetitive – that’s because the importance of being professional and courteous members of the Rutgers family can not be stressed enough.