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Tips for your first semester


Current NDSU students recommend new students take advantage of all the university has to offer.

Your first semester at NDSU is exciting. But you may have questions about how to make the most of your time on campus. 

Here are some first semester tips from students who’ve already been through it:

Get involved

NDSU has several organizations and clubs for you to join. Student Activities in the Memorial Union is a great resource to find a group of your interest.

“Get involved early in your college experience,” said Megan Shanley, a senior majoring in business administration. “Although there may be some restrictions this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, joining clubs, events or getting an on-campus job is a great way to meet people who can become a familiar face in class.”

Talk to professors

NDSU professors want to help you through your college career.

“Do not be afraid to talk to your teachers if you have questions about anything,” said senior Katie Schauer, a biological science major. “They are always there to help.”

Be organized

Getting organized for your first semester will set you up on a good path. Find a comfortable system that works for you.

“Get a planner. Especially with classes being hybrid this year, it is super important to take the time to organize due dates and stay on track,” said Haley Fleisner, a senior strategic communication major. “Find a planner that you like, because you should want to write in it.” 

Be authentic and have fun

Your first semester is a great opportunity to grow as a student and individual.

“Be you and have fun,” said Michelle Gaislerova, a senior majoring in journalism. “You have your first semester at college only once in your life, and you should do anything you want. Do what you enjoy. Have fun and be your real self.”

Enjoy Welcome Week

Welcome Week is a great place to meet new friends, faculty and learn about organizations your first week on campus.

Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. The first full day of classes is Tuesday, Aug. 25.


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