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 1.  Get to Know Your Roommate and Suitemates!

 At first, living on campus can be scary. It may be the first time you’re living away from your parents and often you’re coming to college without most of the friends you made in high school. A good way to make the transition easier is to build your support system with the people you will see every day: your roommates and suitemates!

While the number of roommates and suitemates you have may vary depending on where you live, it’s a good idea to build strong connections with those you live with. Being open with your roommates from the beginning about what you want and need from the relationship you have with them is a good way to ensure your campus living situation is as comfortable as possible.

Tip: Do you and your roommate have different sleep schedules? Earplugs and a good eye mask are a great way to ensure you can get to sleep whenever you need!

2.  Learn How to Budget!

 Your first year living on campus is a great time to learn the ins and outs of budgeting because most of your expenses are fixed. On-campus events like Ballin’ on a Budget are a great way to start learning about all the best tips and tricks when it comes to budgeting!

Whether you want to start saving for a new car for a cool graduation gift to yourself or you just want to see where your money ends up every month, budgeting is key!

Tip: The best way to start budgeting is to start writing down your expenses and your income. Seeing where your money is going can enable you to make better spending decisions!

3.  Join a Club!

 Are you looking for a great way to find new friends and have fun? Try joining a club! UNC is home to hundreds of student organizations. Whether you’re interested in dancing, filmmaking, working out, debate, or social justice, there’s clubs all across campus of people just waiting to work and create with you.

Not only do you find a space to relax and have fun in-between classes, but you might also find your next best friend! Not sure where to start? Try searching Heel Life for an organization or event that sounds fun to you! There is always something new happening on campus!

Tip: If you don’t see one that quite fits what you want to do, try creating your own! UNC and the Student Union make it easy to start a new club that you can tailor to your interests.

4.  Try Something New!

 With so many events always happening on campus, it’s easy to try something new every week! Have you always wanted to try bowling but never had the time or knew where to start? Try taking the bowling LFIT class! It fills a requirement and you can finally hone your skills.

Do you want to learn how to dance or the best way to deal with stress? There’s always new events and new ways to get involved on campus! Search through Heel Life or Facebook events to find a new event and go to it!

It’s a great way to keep learning outside of the classroom while making new friends in a low stress environment! You might find the perfect hiking buddy for your next excursion with Campus Rec.

Tip: Try searching through @PhreePhood on Twitter if you’re feeling hungry and want something fun to do! They’re always posting new events with free food. Who doesn’t love free food? 

5.  Always Be You!

 College can be a new and exciting time for everyone, but remember that your personal safety, well-being, and health are always number one. Take time to de-stress, center yourself, and make sure you’re staying true to yourself. Self-care is vital to thriving in college. You should always take the time to make sure that you are comfortable and safe.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend or Residential Advisor if you’re struggling. College is a place for learning and growing, and we all want to make sure we’re learning and growing in a healthy way. Find a self-care regimen that works for you and stick with it. College is hard, you’ve earned a break!

Tip: Everyone’s idea of self-care is different. It might take time to find one that works for you but don’t give up! It’s important that you find the time to take care of yourself.

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