10 Things to Do to Prepare for Your Freshman Year 

Attending college can be a big change for students. Do you want to know some ways to make the transition from life at home to life on campus? Here is our list of 10 things to do to prepare for your freshman year. 

1. Activate your school email account.  

Whether you plan on working in business, government, education, church, or home, you will have to communicate professionally through email at some point. College is no different. Faculty and staff will communicate with you by email frequently, and it’s the best way to stay up to date on news and events around campus. 

2. Sign-up for your free trial of Amazon Prime! 

Did we mention one of the perks of activating your NGU email account is Amazon Prime? Students with an .edu email address receive a 6-month free trial of Amazon Prime, and a 50% discount after the trial is over. Plus, you can sign up to support NGU through Amazon Smile!

3. Complete your paperwork. 

This is critical! Paperwork sounds exhausting, but our new student portal is making it easier for you! Complete your student information forms, review your residency status, and confirm your fall class schedule. Don’t forget to verify your financial aid and purchase a parking permit!  

4. Get ready to join the family! 

Smile, laugh, say hello, and think of a few conversation starters for when you get to campus. New Student Orientation is a fun way to meet your classmates. Don’t feel nervous, everyone feels as new as you do! Communicating ideas is a key part of life, and practicing outside the classroom can lead to successful presentations and group projects now, as well as successful communications with employers in the future. 

5. Learn to Balance. 

Balancing work loads, academic rigors, social demands, and church life can be difficult, even for the most conscientious students. Take advantage of apps to organize and manage your time successfully, and take time to talk to other students and staff. In all the business of your first semester, don’t leave out God. Consider Proverbs 2:2-3, 5-6: “2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” 

6. Check out our clubs and organizations! 

Most of our campus clubs and organizations are listed here. Joining a club or organization is a great way to get involved and make friends. Don’t see any clubs you like? You can start one! Email us to learn more! 

7. Make sure you know where to get academic help. 

We make student success a priority here. Don’t hesitate to get help when you need it from our Office of Student Success. Located in Neves Academic Hall behind Donnan Administration Building.

8. Serve. Lead. Engage. 

Joining student life at NGU means making an effort to serve, lead, and engage. This is part of our broader university mission to prepare men and women for a life of service and leadership. There are many opportunities for you to engage with our campus family, not just by joining an existing group on campus. Events, meetings, classes, activities, service projects, and many more opportunities exist to show how you can invest in the campus family while you are here, and take pride in your membership here.

9. Swords Up! 

Download the SwordsUp app from the App Store or Google Play. This is the athletics app for North Greenville University. You can follow our social media posts, check out upcoming athletic events, and check-in at games to earn rewards! Extra props if you bring a sword to the game (Not actual swords… foam or plastic please). 

10. Red Face Paint. 

Show your school spirit with some face paint! You will definitely want to use this at all of our home games, especially Homecoming and Family Weekend! Our athletic events are the perfect occasion to put on some NGU red and cheer for your team! 

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