Staying Safe on Campus

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. IMG_6679

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

Move In Day

Hello everyone! My name is Reva and I am a sophomore Industrial and Systems Engineer from Princeton Junction, New Jersey! I’m so happy to be welcoming you to Stevens and sharing my experience from moving in just last year. I know there is probably so much you are preparing for but try not to worry too much! Orientation and meeting new people is going to be so exciting and take your mind off of the transition to college.

With the new safety precautions, moving in is going to look different as you will move in with your family instead of everyone at the same time. Still, going to see your new dorm or suite is so exciting and can be a fun experience!

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If you’re like me, and love packing and organizing, here are a few tips to make moving in more efficient! I recommend having your smaller things in boxes and secured so other people can move your things without damaging them. It is also extremely helpful when your suitcases and boxes are labeled with your dorm and room number. I remember bringing along some small cleaning supplies for the desk and dressers before I unpacked as well. I truly enjoy this so if you have any questions or want to talk more please reach out!

When you return to campus for the first day, it might seem overwhelming with so many things going on and staying on campus when your family leaves. Try to keep a positive attitude and an open mind going into orientation, and your awesome peer leader and staff are always there for you. I hope this helped and we can’t wait to meet you!

 

Reva Grover, Industrial and Systems Engineer

Traveling From a Distance

Hi everyone! My name is Madie DeJong and I am a junior Biomedical Engineering student from Rochester, MN. One of the most stressful parts of the beginning of freshman year was figuring out how to pack and move to New Jersey. My hometown is just over 1000 miles and a three hour plane ride to Newark Airport, so the moving process was stressful even without all of the quarantine and social distancing rules that are happening right now. I am going to start this blog by briefly describing my personal experience and providing some recommendations that are more specific to this year.

When I moved to New Jersey, my parents and I arrived in Hoboken a day and half before move-in, rented a car, and stayed in a hotel. This worked really well to give us time to go shopping in Jersey City for the things I did not bring with me. The big rule for packing I followed was: if I cannot buy this item in New Jersey I bring it with me, otherwise we go shopping when we get there.

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Things that I brought with me included clothes, shoes, and personal keepsakes. We flew to New Jersey, so I packed several checked and carry on bags. Remember that checked bags must be checked back if you’re not keeping them, so having suitcases of various sizes and putting smaller suitcases into larger ones is a good idea if possible to minimize return trip costs. Additionally, it is important to remember baggage weight restrictions when flying, so I would recommend spreading out shoes and other heavy items in your bags to reduce weight.

Things that I bought upon arrival included toiletries (this category includes obvious things like shampoo and toothpaste, but also items like nail clippers and tweezers, so make sure to walk through your bathroom at home and make a list of everything you need), towels and bedding, school supplies and snacks. We had a rental car, so the move in process was a simple drive through and drop off.

I still feel this process is valid, especially for people moving to New Jersey from states not on the quarantine list. Right now, a lot of states fall under the quarantine travel restriction (here is a link to the NJ gov sight to check: NJ Quarantine Advisory States). The move in process is made slightly more complicated by these restrictions. I spent the summer in MN, but recently moved back out to NJ ahead of classes to comply with the quarantine restrictions. My process was made easier by the fact that I already had an apartment and most of my things in NJ; however, here are some considerations and recommendations for the process if you are coming from a place on the list.

As I see it there are two ways to move to campus: plane or car. Both are valid and I would choose your method based on your comfort level and the convenience for you specifically. If you choose to take a plane, you have to check bags and either Uber or get a rental car to move around once in Hoboken. My usual advice would be to shop upon arrival and arrive a few days early, but the quarantine rules restrict this. Therefore, I would recommend bringing everything you need with you on the plane. I know this can be inconvenient, but it would make the drop off process easier and reduce the amount of movement you need to have in NJ upon arrival. Anyone passing through the state for less than 24 hours does not need to quarantine, therefore if family members are coming with you, I would recommend arriving in the morning on the day you check into your doom. You could maybe make a quick Target run and pick up some essentials. There is a Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, the Newport Mall, and many other stores in nearby Jersey City. You may not have time to get everything you need, but as long as you have enough for two weeks, you can always go shopping again later. Your family members would then need to leave by the following morning after dropping you off based on the NJ guidelines.

If you choose to drive, I would recommend buying everything you need in your hometown, as long as it can fit in your car. Of course, you can always go shopping when you get here, on the first day or after your two week quarantine. Because you won’t have a very long time to move into the dorm space, I would recommend packing in a way that makes unloading as easy as possible. Place heavier things on the bottom and do your best to condense your belongings. Technically, your family members would also need to leave within 24 hours.

One of the hardest things to work around are the time restrictions, and you may worry that you forgot things. Even if you did, it will not be the end of the world. One of the things that I have utilized a ton, has been the Post Office. Each Stevens student is allotted a mailbox at the Stevens Post Office located on the first floor of the Howe building. Your family members can always send you a forgotten item. I would also highly recommend investing in a service like Amazon Prime. It makes it really easy to order things online and is super convenient for getting dorm essentials. Another way you could decrease the amount you have to bring initially would be to only pack warmer summer/fall clothes and have a box of winter things shipped to you later in the semester.

In general, remember these are just my thoughts on the process and there are a lot of right ways to make the move. My biggest recommendations would be to bring what you need and remember you can always get more things shipped to you or go shopping at a later date. The moving process will probably feel stressful, but remember that this is an exciting new phase of life and that it will all work out. I wish you all the best and can’t wait to see all of the new faces on campus, hopefully, sometime soon!

Madie Dejong, Biomedical Engineering

What’s New on Campus

Hey everyone! My name is Jayden Pereira and I am a junior Computer Engineering student. I’m from Woolwich Twp, NJ (20 minutes from Philly and Delaware). I do a lot of things on campus including being a Peer Leader, iSTEM, and being a part of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Since coming into Stevens, I’ve seen this campus quite literally grow – here’s some of the newest things on campus to look out for!

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Gateway Academic Buildings – Okay, I’m not going to understate how awesome the study areas are and just how nice these new academic buildings are. Whether you are there just for classes or just need a place to study, it’s arguably the nicest place on campus (unless there’s a view to NYC because I’m a sucker for the skyline). There’s tons of spaces like the super comfy chairs in Gateway South and the really cool recessed tables on the second floor of Gateway North.

Gateway Cafe – New small spot on campus to order food. If you’re around Babbio or Burchard and Red and Grey Cafe is too full, here’s a reminder that you don’t have to walk all the way to America’s Cup (ACup) or Colonel John’s (CJ’s). This new place is also really great for anyone living in River Terrace!

New Student Center – Formerly the Alexander House, it’s been fully renovated and is currently home to the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Student Life, and the Office of Community Standards and Title IX. It also is home to a few Student Organizations like The Stute (our school newspaper) and the Student Government Association (SGA).

Student Housing and University Center Construction – Over the summer, there’s been some exciting progress towards the new construction for a 3 story university center and residential towers. Everything is on schedule for a Fall 2022 opening and the towers already are above the 12th floors! Workers have been completing the floor of each tower every 4-5 days which is super exciting to see and I can’t wait to utilize the state-of-the art university center when it’s all done!

Jayden Pereira, Computer Engineering