Hi, my name is Sophie and I am a 4/4 Music and Technology major! From my 3 years of experience at Stevens, I’ve learned so much about how to make the most of our campus! With the start of your college career comes a new environment filled with lots of new friends and opportunities! While this year may not be as traditional as most, there are so many ways to make the most of your campus experience while also being safe and healthy. For starters, Stevens has lots of room to hang out on the different lawns like Schafer lawn, Palmer lawn, and MPK (Morton, Kidde, Pierce) lawn! Take advantage of the outdoor space to socially distance and hang out with new people. Hoboken also has many outdoor dining areas and great spots to enjoy both the beautiful weather and the view on the piers! You can also use your meal plan swipes to eat at different restaurants in Hoboken that are a part of Washington Street Wednesday, so you don’t always have to order from the dining hall.
You can still stay connected with your peers virtually through group chats and video calls so make sure to utilize applications like Groupme and Zoom to communicate with other students! You can still hang out despite not being physically together. Utilizing resources like your Peer Leader group is also a helpful tool to not only meet others who are studying a similar major but you can also get lots of advice from your PL on how to get more involved on campus! Clubs and organizations are still going to be present and so there is no reason why you shouldn’t look into trying new things and joining them!
Most importantly, make sure to take care of yourself, because pandemic or not, this is a whole new experience and you need to prioritize your health, both mentally and physically. Try your best to eat healthier (it’s not going to happen all of the time and that’s okay too) and get fresh air. You can always go for a walk or a run on the pier! In terms of mental health, CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) is available with people who you can talk to if you are having a difficult time adjusting, are dealing with a personal issue, or even if you just want to talk and don’t necessarily have a reason. It is full of kind and helpful individuals who want to help make your college experience amazing and want you to be healthy! Last but not least follow social distancing and masking guidelines, they’re for your safety and the safety of those around you.
Despite the circumstances, there are so many different opportunities that will still be offered to you at Stevens, so make sure to take full advantage of that to make the most of your first year of college!
Sophie Starkman, Music and Technology