By Shamce Ahmad |Staff Writer|
The new school year has arrived at CSUSB, and students have exchanged advice for their fellow students such as tips for parking, recommendations for school gear, and ways to get better sleep and guides for navigating campus.
“Avoid University Parkway at all costs…it is a nightmare,” said student Savanah Donahoe.
Most students agreed that parking is a constant struggle at every hour during the day, in spite of the construction of the brand new parking Lot N.
Surrounding streets that can be taken to avoid University Parkway are Kendall Avenue and Little Mountain Road.
“The parking lots that are less crowded are the ones in the back of the school,” said Vasquez, “…everyone is trying to get the ones up in the front.”
Supplies for school and the most recommended items to keep with you were also suggested.
“Go to your first class before you buy the book,” according to Robert Klimper, “because you may not need it after all,” Saving money is a big part of university life.
Professors have books listed on their syllabuses, which can become unnecessary as Klimper mentioned.
“Student should always keep change or cash for printing since the machines don’t take debit or credit cards.” suggested Donahue.
All computer labs on campus have accessible printing stations. All you need is cash or student ID to print.
Getting around campus was also a key discussion point. “Talk to a mentor or see an adviser,” said Vasquez, “because it’s a big transition from high school to college.”
Academic advising is available in room 380 of University Hall. Appointments have to be made ahead of time to see a mentor or adviser.
Getting a healthy amount of sleep is paramount to succeeding in achieving a good GPA according to students.
“Students should be getting their eight hours of sleep every night,” according to Vasquez, “otherwise they will be falling asleep in their classes,” Vasquez, a seasoned student, had struggles getting to sleep on time in the past.
“School becomes nap time if you don’t go to bed at a reasonable time,” junior Robert Klimper said, “and you’re never going to learn that way.”
Other suggestions given by students were to set a bedtime for yourself every night and to turn off all electronic devices half an hour before sleeping.
As far as navigating the campus goes, Vasquez notes that you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.
“ I feel like everyone here is very friendly,” she said, “so if you just approach them they won’t hesitate to help point you in the right direction.”
When registering, “stay away from temporary classrooms,” said Donahoe, “because they are always hot and the air conditioning sucks.” She suggests that Jack Brown Hall is the ideal place to take classes.
As much as we try to be 10 minutes early to find a reasonable parking space, it looks like we’re going to need to push it to 20 minutes before class.