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5 tips for your first month at Roosevelt


This blog post was written by Julia Kukoba, an international student from Ukraine and a recent graduate of Roosevelt University.

Changing a school, moving to another country, finding a new place to live, making friends, arranging a class schedule – the list of things you face during your first few weeks at Roosevelt University may seem never-ending. It feels like a lot at first but everything is possible. Roosevelt has a number of academic advisors, counselors, and assistants who can make this journey quite smooth. I clearly remember my first month at Roosevelt, and I will try to give some useful tips for all the newly arriving students this semester.

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Tip 1. Do not procrastinate and try to finalize all your arrangements on time. You will be thankful afterwards when you see that you have a comfortable place to live, all your paperwork is signed, and you have your school ID ready. Others may still be preoccupied and nervous about those essential things, but not you.

Tip 2. Do not miss your first week of classes. The actual suggestion is: do not miss any classes but I want to emphasize that you should be in class and on time during your first month at school. This is the time when you acquire a lot of new knowledge that will make you more successful in the long run. Being present and on time is also a sign of respect towards your professors. Do not be scared about any lecture classes that tend to run longer than normal class sessions. They can be a very interesting and engaging.

Tip 3. Make friends, talk to people, and stay open-minded. It is okay if you do not find best friends right away, but it does not hurt to try. Based on my own experience, American students love to get to know international people. They will ask you dozens of questions, show their favorite places in the city, and even offer help with all of those first week arrangements.

Tip 4. Do not be shy about asking questions. The ability to ask questions is the source of knowledge. Whether you are in class or during a one-on-one session with your academic advisor, just speak up.

Tip 5. Explore the city. You are very lucky to study and live in a city like Chicago. It is hard to find a more diverse and multi-cultural place. The Windy City is known for a variety of free attractions all year long. While the weather is nice and warm, try to spend as much time as possible outside. But don’t be scared of the winter time: it is cold but it has its own charm!