Surviving the First Week at Portland State

by Ragan Love

What I was most worried about with starting college was how I would survive classes, friends, and adulting. By the end of the move-in weekend, I was feeling much more confident. Now that I am in the fourth week of school, I feel as if I know how to navigate this crazy chapter, and I have a few tips to share.

Keep your door open: This may seem scary but you might need to sacrifice some of your privacy for the sake of meeting people. The first night, most of the residents of my hall were out at a Vik Nights event that I didn’t want to attend, but I saw someone’s door open, I walked in to say hi, and now she is one of my closest friends.

Fill your calendar with events: When the Vik Nights schedule is released, put everything you want to do and kind of want to do into your calendar. You will meet a bunch of people with common interests at these events and will find out about many wonderful clubs and organizations on campus. 

Do one thing out of your comfort zone: It is easy to be overwhelmed during move-in weekend, but don’t let that stop you from trying something new! Talk to someone, join a club, or explore the campus and city. 

Remember to have fun! The move-in weekend gives you time to explore and enjoy campus before the grind of school begins. Take advantage of all of the free food and activities and have fun!

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