Hi 5, Tips to survive your freshman year

Starting your studies is exciting and scary. The combination of expectation and dread can tangle your brain into a pretzel. Here are some tips to help you unpretzel.

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Text Marcelo Goldmann

1. Attend the Orientation Week

Orientation week at the University begins on September 1st with an Info Fair where you’ll get info about services and student groups. On September 6th, the Vulcanalia Fair takes place. During the day, there are stands and activities indoors. At night, the Vulcanalia evening bash will rock your socks off with awesome live music.

2. Get your Frank student card

Your student card gives you benefits, including nicely priced food at University restaurants and a myriad of discounts. If you have student rights and already paid the Student Union (OYY) fee, you can go to Frank.fi and order your student card or use the Frank app.

3. Locate your Guild

The best way to integrate into student life is to follow those who already know what is going on. Locating your guild and hanging out there will prove to be beneficial to your academic and after-hours exploits.

4. Join student groups

What better way to absorb the student culture than to join student groups. You can for example join your guild’s board or an international group like ESN, NISO, and AIESEC.

5. When in doubt, ask!

If things are still hazy after orientation week, you can ask your classmates, the Student Center, or OYY. Knowledge is power, or so they say.

+ 1: Bonus tip:

download the TUUDO app. It has info about studies and services. More importantly, it tells you what’s for lunch at the university restaurants.

Published 29.8.2017 in 1/2017

Marcelo Goldmann

A doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of Oulu. "I love icecream, can eat it infinitely. My passion are videogames." Twitter: @SeKultamies

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