Another summer has come and gone and you know what that means – classes are back in school. (Yes, it also means Halloween next month, which is a lot more exciting – but we’re here to talk about something else right now, okay?)
Whether you’re new to Oakland University or a returning student this fall, you can never be prepared enough for anything a semester can get in your way. So we’re here to give you six solid tips to get you through the next 15 weeks in a row.
1) Every room is a quiet study space with the right attitude.
The stands across from the Pioneer Food Court? Always free! You could hear a pin drop. The tables in Pawley Hall just above the daycare? The little ones are sure to calm down if you just ask nicely – there is no more polite group than an army of toddlers. Right in front of Wilson Hall? They say loud construction, I say study ASMR. The campus really is your oyster.
2) Not enough time? Don’t be afraid to skip this shower. Or leave it on completely.
Take a page out of the current celebrity manual and smell a little. Your classmates might not thank you, but your class grades certainly will! Because if Jake Gyllenhaal can do without a shower and still inspire an entire Taylor Swift album, so can you.
3) Go big or go home with the class icebreakers.
If your professor asks two truths and a lie, laugh and politely decline. It’s very easy. Get to know each other with your own PowerPoint presentation in tow, regardless of whether or not you are asked to. Be the person who brings “the wave” from the sports stadium to the classroom.
Do the TikTok dance “Questions I Get Asked” – you know, with the fists and the clap and the pointing and the EDM – right then and there. You have to establish yourself as the main character on first impression – believe me, your colleagues (the supporting cast) will appreciate it.
4) To save money, buy all of your groceries from the Plum Market.
Can’t afford to throw precious seven dollars on a Caprese sandwich? Well you are in luck. Visiting the plum market daily is the only way to alleviate all of your financial burdens. This Oakland Center staple is literally so cheap – your bank account will practically adore you.
5) Devastation on the quiet floor 24-7 of the Kresge library.
Calm ground? Nope. If you’re here to make friends, go absolutely WILD on the quiet floor. Trust me, people will respect and admire you for it. Bring a cowbell and just extinguish the thing until your hand is numb. You will be the shining star of any private Snapchat story. There’s definitely no better way to be liked – students will be asking for autographs in minutes.
6) Talk to everyone about high school only.
Do you remember the student department folks? That was so vibey – Friday Night Lights FOREVER! Oh, and do you remember prom? The best night of my life, Xoxo !! Don’t forget to come home. Coming home has always been so magical for me. When the teachers stood in the stands and flashlights shone into the crowd to monitor the students’ choices of dance styles ?! Love!!
Everyone wants to know about your high school experience in great detail, so make sure you share it with them. Not if you are me (Lauren), though. I’ll make a guess and say that eating pretzels in the bathroom every day isn’t particularly exciting. I didn’t say I did that, but not that I didn’t.
If there is a surefire way to successfully participate in the OU, we have outlined it for you here. Get vaccinated now (!!), follow these tips and thank us later (by the way, we thank you in the form of one of these super cheap meals from the Plum Market).