Augustana journey, the campus is full of friendly people and, if you practice winter sports, then you will feel right at home. However, most students will have already been on campus for at least a semester, so you’re going to have some catching up to do.
The following are some tips for students starting in the winter term or anyone really:
Familiarize yourself with Campus
1. Talk to your RA
If you’re living on campus, reaching out to your RA or roommate can be very helpful. Don’t be afraid to ask for help locating your classes or getting a tour around campus. They might also be knowledgeable about stress, workload and general wellness. Chances are they’ve faced many of the same struggles you will be facing and are a great resource.
2. Join a club
As cliche as it may sound, joining and participating in a club will allow you to meet people and be involved in the Augustana community. Finding people with similar interests is a great way to build your social circle.
3. Know your room numbers
Instead of wandering aimlessly around campus, below are the abbreviations besides your classroom number and what they mean:
- F: Faith and Life Center. The hallway near the gym at the Northwest end of the building.
- LIB: Library classroom. Up the concrete stairs in the library and to the left.
- A: Auxiliary building. East of the First Year dorms. HBH: Heather Brae Hall. This classroom is located in the building behind the First Year dorms.
- H: Hoyme Classrooms. In the basement of First Year dorms, there is a door on the West end of the building.
- G: Classrooms above the gym. The winding staircase between the gym offices and the forum.
- C: Classroom building. The large building on the West side of the Quad.
- T: Theatre building. The renovated church on the Northwest side of the parking lot.
4. Take advantage of the after-hours study space
In the hours in which the library is not open, there is a space in which you can go study or do homework at any time.
Save your money
5. Take advantage of the Augustana Students’ Association’s bookstore
Located inside the Augustana Students’ Association (ASA) Office is the ASA bookstore where you can find used textbooks at affordable prices. Be aware as well that the library has many textbooks which can be checked out for two hours within the library.
6. Take advantage of student discounts
Camrose businesses often offer a student discount, from groceries to gym memberships. Show your ONEcard and enjoy the savings. Many of the businesses that advertise in the Augustana Medium offer a student discount.
Understand important Augustana social norms
7. The Augustana Advantage is whatever you want it to be
Nobody’s entirely sure what the Augustana Advantage it is—something about small class sizes—so it’s really up to you to decide for yourself. This is commonly used as a scapegoat for your poor decision making. Course not offered next year but you need it to graduate? It’s probably the Augustana Advantage.
8. OCs on Friday, Taproom on Saturday
Don’t ask why, it’s just always been that way.
9. If there’s a giant Jenga in the library, don’t touch
Knocking down the Jenga during exam periods is the surest way to become an Augustana social media pariah.
10. Familiarize yourself with small obscure communities near Camrose
You’ll be expected to know what someone means if they say they’re from New Norway, Hay Lakes, Viking or Round Hill, just to name a few. This is especially important if you’re from out-of-province or out-of-country and didn’t know there were more than two municipalities in Alberta before arriving in Camrose.
11. Never answer questions during lectures
This is crucial to maintaining your social status as a first-year student that is too cool to care about something as trivial as their education. For the same reason, you should never ask questions either.
It is also imperative that you pack up your things two minutes before the end of your lectures to show everyone that your time is more valuable than that of your prof—and everyone else in the room who’s foolishly listening to the lecture.