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A college tip to freshmen from a freshman

College is a whole new world of opportunities. But you don’t have to let the reputations of college define who YOU are. If you don’t like to party, and everyone else at college does, then that’s okay. Don’t participate in something that you don’t like. There are plenty of clubs and organizations that may fit what you like to do. College is all about “the experience,” but that experience is different for everyone. You shouldn’t have to experience it the same way as someone else. It’s okay to want to stay in and watch Netflix, or play video games. It’s also okay to participate in fraternities and sororities as well. Freshman, don’t start college thinking you have to join either of those, just because that’s what TV always portrays college life as. It’s okay to take a semester to figure out what you want.

Photo By: Danielle Johnson. Student (left to right): Chelsie Townsend, Jasmine Gallimore.

College can or can not be about finding the “one.” But don’t make that your priority, that’s not how it works. You won’t find someone by hooking up; you should be patient. Also, people who come to college already in relationships, if you’re happy where you are, then don’t let someone tell you that your relationship will prevent you from the college experience.  As I mentioned before, everyone’s experience is different.

A lot of people seem to feel like they have a hard time making friends, don’t worry. This is only the first semester and it’ll probably take a while to really get adapted to a new environment. Remember, we were confined to only a certain amount of people, who we saw every day for five days a week–it will be hard to figure out who you really click with. If you see someone you want to talk to, do it! Most everyone will be friendly, even if you’re shy.

Always remember to make this college experience for you, and not for someone else. Take baby steps, and have fun. Don’t be afraid to not do things that you are uncomfortable with, and also don’t be afraid to try new things. Always stay safe, and be yourself. That’s the only way you can truly experience college.

Open letter to the class of 2018

This is what you’ve waited your whole life for: college. You’ve dreamt about it. You’ve watched countless movies portraying the stereotypical “college experience.” But you don’t know what it’s really like until you’ve set foot on campus, spent the first night in a residence hall, eaten at Dalton, and attended your first college class. From one Highlander to another, here are some tips to help you navigate through your first year of college.

Know where the resources are and when to use them. Every student pays for college. That chunk of change not only goes toward paying your professors to teach to you, but it also pays for the almost unlimited resources that are free to students. There’s the counseling center, which can help you get though the tough transition to college. The Learning Assistance and Resource Center can help you get that “A” on your next CORE paper. Are you still unsure of what to major in? Check out career services in Walker Hall. There are almost too many to name, so check out the website for a full list.

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“Make all different kinds of friends. Make friends that want to party on a Friday but also make friends you can study with in Young.” Photo from: Radford University

As you’ve likely already realized, college is a lot of fun, but it’s a lot of work too. In order to help you get those good grades you need to put your classes first. Get to know your professors; they are willing to help you. They’re required to hold office hours just to benefit their students and to help them succeed. Go to every class. At the end of the semester, attendance and participation can help you go from that “B” to the “A.” Actually participate in class. Ask questions even if you think it’s a “stupid question.” It’s better to raise your hand and ask than to miss a question on the test.

Make friends in your classes. They’ll come in handy when you’re up late studying. Don’t wait until the last minute to study. Start looking over your notes a couple days before the test. At the very least, look at them before the last class before the test. That way you can ask the professor to clarify a topic you’re unsure about. Make it a habit to do your homework when you get it, not five minutes before the assignment is due. Set up a schedule. Work on schoolwork throughout the day, between classes, and until around five p.m. That way you can take the rest of the night off and have time to hang out with your friends.

Make all different kinds of friends. Make friends that want to party on a Friday but also make friends you can study with in Young. Having a variety of friends will mean you’ll never get bored of hanging out with the same people. Get involved on campus. Find something you’re passionate about; you’ll find people that like the same things as you do. Take chances. Don’t just stay in your room every weekend; but on the other hand, don’t party all the time either. Make sure you make time for your friends but learn to balance a social life and a school life. Go to events on campus. If you go and don’t like it, at least you’ll get free food. On the other hand, don’t just stay on campus. I’m sure you have heard of the numerous things to do in the city of Radford. Explore some. Hike the cascades, walk down to Bisset, or float down the New River.

Whatever you do, be sure to make it a memorable year. The first year of college is one you’ll never forget. Make sure when you look back on your college experience that you can say that you’ve had the time of your life.

On campus students may be in for a big surprise

RU freshmen may be living with an additional roommate when they move into their residential dorms later this month.

The news broke to students choosing to live on campus this year via email on August 1, 2014, when students were given their dorm assignments.

Megan Gates, a freshman who was told she has “been assigned to a temporarily tripled room”, has granted Whim access to the email she received from RU. She, or one of her roommates will “move to a permanent assignment as space becomes available.”

Within Gates’ email, RU provided a link to their webpage which further explained what it means to be temporarily tripled. RU states on its website that the three students will share “three beds (one set of beds are bunked), two desks, two chairs, and a dresser.”

For three students, there will only be two closets for them to share.

A dorm room with two residents.

The email from Residential Life also said “We foresee the majority of the tripled rooms vastly decreasing prior to the university move-in date. Residents of the room will receive email notification when their room has been de-tripled.”

Ashley Underhill, a student administrator for Res life, spoke with Whim hoping to “ensure the incoming class enjoys their time at RU.”

When asked how many freshman are being affected by this situation, Underhill said “If I had to guess, about half of muse and 1/16 of all the other halls.” She went on to explain that “not everyone is a freshman that will be tripled, some choose to be in a triple with friends.”

Freshman Leah Valdez is one of the estimated 1/16 of the students who have been tripled outside of Muse. Valdez, who successfully requested one of her roommates, has been assigned a tripled room in Peery hall, doesn’t believe RU will be able to fix the situation as quickly as they suggested in Gates’ email.

Valdez told Whim, “I think they’re just saying that they’re trying to figure it out before move in day to make us feel more comfortable.”

Whim was told by Underhill, “Res Life has been working on this since we […] left last spring.” Res life isn’t being unreasonable either saying that, “[t]hose who have medical reasons or have other important reasons to be un-tripled will be first priority”

Underhill stated she believed the reason for the situation was “partly due with the halls being down [the] other part is due to Radford’s constant need to expand and have each upcoming class bigger than the last.” She was told “Draper Hall, Boiling Hall, and Pocahontas hall” will all not be in use at the beginning of this semester.

She does “not know the reasons why they decided to close all three at once but [does] know that they will be renovating them so that students next year can use them, and they will be better than before, the plans for the renovation are in the Res Life office in Heth Hall.”

While Res Life workers such as Underhill continue to work towards a solution, freshmen such as Valdez are still upset. Valdez has said, “we are the largest freshmen class they’ve had and I just feel like they weren’t prepared for this many incoming freshmen.”

Why I fully recommend going Greek

When many wide-eyed freshmen arrive at Radford University, they are wary of upperclassmen. Their first night out, accompanied by the lanyards around their necks, can be terrifying. Freshmen are sometimes warned by their older peers not to reveal their grade level. Braving the streets and heading to their first party at a fraternity house can be an intimidating experience. Continue reading Why I fully recommend going Greek

Student media represents itself at a CORE 101 panel

Freshmen learned about student media at a student media panel on Oct. 24.

The Tartan is RU’s printed newspaper. Photo from The Tartans Website.

The student media panel was an opportunity for two campus productions – Whim and the Tartan – to represent their organizations and recruit new writers.

Students in various CORE 101 classes were allowed to pose questions to the executive staff members from each publication. The panel received many questions, such as the alliance between RU Memes and Whim, as well as the content of each publication. Continue reading Student media represents itself at a CORE 101 panel

Otakudon: 5 reasons you should try out RU’s anime club

Did you know RU has an anime club?

Not many people do. It’s not widely advertised. That’s a pretty sad thing, because the Otakudon (or the “anime fan dojo”) is actually a pretty awesome club, if you’re into anime, or even if you aren’t. Here are five reasons you should try it out that have nothing to do with anime.

1.) You can get tons of volunteer hours by getting involved with the anime club.

How can you get volunteer hours from an anime club, you ask? The anime club participates in a lot of cultural events, like the Fair of Nations and the International Banquet. They do qualify for volunteer credit, depending on what you’re doing. You can contact the Anime Club’s sponsor for information about individual events. Continue reading Otakudon: 5 reasons you should try out RU’s anime club

A new Radford welcome

This year, Radford University admitted its largest freshman class ever. Between parents, students and staff, everyone is excited for a new year to begin. Move-in is always hectic, but no matter how hard it’s always worth the work. Two days later classes start, and everyone gets into the groove of college life. Then at the end of the first week RU hosts its annual Club fair. While being infinitely informative, club fair is also a good time to be had for all. To add to the hype, this year ROC-TV shot a welcome video for Radford to enjoy!