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Making the Most of Your First Week  September 28th, 2014

The first day of class has approached quickly and whether you are feeling over prepared, overwhelmed, or anywhere in between- that’s ok. Nerves are to be expected, this stuff is brand new and will take some time to get used to, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a few things you can do to better prepare yourself for the first week of classes and most likely make the rest of your term more successful.

  • It sounds simple but GO TO ALL OF YOUR CLASSES! The first week is when each of your professors will give out your syllabus (these are very important documents, always keep a copy either paper or electronic close by). Utilizing each of your syllabi will let you know when your assignments are due, when tests are scheduled, and help you plan the rest of your daily schedule.
  • Put your schedule in writing. Whether you use your phone, tablet, or hand written planner, having your schedule visible will allow you to find time slots that work best for studying in between classes, eating, working, and scheduling your time to socialize! If you create that schedule, you will be most time efficient and successful throughout the entirety of this term! Need help in efficiently planning your term, check out these Time Management steps or make an appointment with an academic coach to talk with a fellow, successful student about successful time management strategies:
  • If there are any changes you think are necessary to make in your schedule, do that this week! The sooner you change your schedule, the less class time you will lose and fall behind. To learn more about adding and dropping courses visit the Registrar’s Office website.
  • Find your favorite study space. Once you find a study space that is not distracting, and you become comfortable being there, you will most likely enjoy studying there more often and it will become habitual, then you can add that location into your planner!
  • Leave for class a little early, learn the easiest routes to your classrooms. Campus can be confusing at times, but soon enough you’ll know the fastest ways to each building, but giving yourself a little extra time in the beginning allows you to also see how beautiful campus can be in the fall!
  • Attend the Beaver Community Fair on Friday afternoon in the MU Quad. Here you will find tons of different clubs and organizations to get involved with this year. Being involved in a few outside of class activities will provide you with friends, entertainment, new skills and help you manage your time effectively.

There are numerous things you can do to make the most of your first week of classes, these are only a few. Just remember to enjoy this week, meet new friends, try some new food out on campus, and get yourself comfortable with campus. Get to know people in your classes, residence halls, clubs, organizations, or just say hello to someone while eating lunch! Enjoy your first week! For more helpful hints for Week 1 and beyond check out: Zero To Success

Exploring the Great Outdoors  September 27th, 2014

Want to get off-campus and enjoy some time in the sunshine hiking, biking, bird watching, BBQing or picnicking, well lucky for you there are several options, many within walking or biking distance from campus. Here are just a few of the options available to you!

Within a 10 to 15 minute walk/5 minute bike ride you will find:

Bald Hill- This park offers a 1.5 mile paved path along the base of the hill and several dirt and gravel foot trails that circle and climb to the summit of the hill. Biking in permitted on designated trails. To get there head west on Campus Way, which will turn into Midge Cramer Path once you cross 53rd street. Midge Cramer runs by the fairgrounds and then dead-ends into Bald Hill park.

Avery Park- Located south of campus, this park features a 1 mile jogging path along the river, rose garden, softball fields, several playgrounds, horse shoe pits, and BBQ shelters that can be reserved for private parties. To reach Avery Park head south of SW 15th which will hit Avery Park Drive shortly after crossing Philomath Blvd.

Riverfront Park- Running between 1st Street and the Willamette River, this small park offers paved and grassy areas, resting benches, (perfect for picnics), several sculptures (perfect for picture taking), and a 3/4 mile long running and biking trail. The Riverfront Park can be reached by going east on Monroe Ave. until you hit the trail. The trail goes north for a short distance or can be taken south to connect with several longer running/biking trails if you want to extend your time outside. Riverfront Park is also home to the Corvallis Farmers Market which is held from mid April to mid November every Saturday 9AM-1PM.

A little further away you will find:

Oak Creek Trail, Chip Ross Park, McDonald forest, Willamette Park, and Lewisburg Saddle offer many hiking and biking trails and are approximately a 15 minute bike ride or 5-10 minute car ride from campus. As you explore Corvallis more, be sure to check them out!

Looking for something more remote?

Check in with the Dixon Recreation Center’s Adventure Program located on the North end (facing Goss Stadium) of Dixon. They can offer advise for longer trips, whether it be rafting, backpacking, skiing, climbing, etc. They also offer trips throughout the year with guides to ensure your safety and enjoyment. In addition the office rents various outdoor gear including tents, snowshoes, rafts, climbing equipment and more!


CONNECT to the Technology  September 27th, 2014

CONNECT is not only about connecting in person, but also about getting connected online.  We encourage all new students to read through this Account and Technologies Guide for New Students early, so that you are prepared to start classes.  This guide takes about 20 minutes to read through and gives you a ton of great information about technology services on campus, including: how to hook your computer up to the OSU secure wireless network, how to sync your mobile device with OSU email, where you can print on campus and how to access free computer help.  This is a great way to get a quick overview and answers to some common questions.

Printing on Campus  September 26th, 2014

As you prepare for your move and make last minute supply lists, don’t let advertising sway you into thinking that you have to buy a new printer to bring with you. There are many printing options around campus that make it possible to print out your class readings, worksheets, and assignments without buying one of your own.

  • Valley Library: Located in the center of campus, the Library is one of the most accessible locations to print. Plan accordingly though—the computers and printers are in high demand during the day (10AM-4PM), but if you can get in early, you won’t have to worry about a long wait.  Cost: 7 cents per page (black and white) which is tracked and billed directly to your student account.
  •  Milne Computer Lab: Located directly across the lawn from the Library, Milne is a much less trafficked spot where students can print.  Cost: 5 cents per page (black and white)

There are a number of other printing locations around campus that may be located in more opportune locations. You can find a complete list of printing locations around campus and pricing (each location varies) here.

  • 3D printing: There are several 3D printers around OSU’s campus, but the most accessible is located in the Valley Library. Students can submit models to be printed and even watch it get printed using the live video feed. For information on modeling software and formatting, visit the Library’s 3D printing guideCost: The cost is 10 cents per gram and, therefore, determined by the size of the model being printed and the amount of material required. Like all other printing, the bill is charged directly to the student’s account.
  • Large-scale or conference-sized posters: Student Multimedia Services (SMS) located in the Valley Library offers affordable printing for students’ large scale posters or conference-style presentation materials. For more details on the specific measurements and services offered, consult the SMS guide.


Cost: Every term, OSU students receive one free (36” wide) poster printing per course. Make sure to double check the formatting and spelling, if you find a typo, you will have to pay for the second printing. If you decide to laminate the poster, it is a $10 charge to your student account.

Check Yourself  September 24th, 2014

Did you know your name and some basic information (major, ONID username, etc.) about you is considering public “directory information” and is therefore searchable on the OSU website?  Type your name in the OSU Directory and see what others can know about you.  If you want to change, modify or what is listed in the directory you will need to log on to your MyOSU page, on the left side you will see an option for “OSU Directory Preferences.”  From there you will be able to modify what is viewed.   If you wish to seek complete Confidentiality you will need to stop by the Registrar’s Office (Kerr 102) and complete the appropriate form.  Also in that same space you will see the option to “Update Emergency Contacts” please take a moment in fill this in.  This is only used in cases of severe emergencies.

Making the MOST of CONNECT  September 23rd, 2014

Now that START is done and you are getting settled into your new residence, now it’s time for CONNECT to begin. CONNECT events will be taking place September 25-28 and provide you with four full days to get CONNECTed and prepared to begin your career at Oregon State University. You can learn more about how to be successful both inside and outside the classroom. It is also a time to learn about some OSU traditions and what it means to be a valued member in our community. There will be a lot going on during CONNECT and it is only as good as you make it.

To help guide you, here are some tips for making the most out of your CONNECT experience:

Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. This may mean joining some new people for a meal, or asking a suite mate to join you for an event, but remember, right now, you all have one thing in common – you are all new students. Don’t wait for people to ask you to join them, be the leader and ask people to join you.

Attend a much as possible and stay for at least 45 minutes. Many events offered during CONNECT are come and go, which makes it that much easier to pop in and out. We challenge you to stay for at least 45 minutes. Why 45 minutes? Because 45 minutes allows you to participate in one activity, talk with at least 3 people and really get to know what the sponsoring departments/organizations purpose for the event/workshop.

Look ahead and stay in the loop. Download the CONNECT OSU Guide available as in the Apple App store and Google Play. This will provide you with the most up-to-date schedule. You can also find a CONNECT schedule online at  Also, connect to the OSU New Students Facebook Page and follow CONNECT on Twitter so that you get up to date information on what is happening during those 4 days.

If you follow these 3 simple steps, then you will have a successful and fun CONNECT experience and be fully prepared to start your OSU career off on the right foot.

What’s in the Library  September 22nd, 2014

The Valley Library is full of more than just books.  It is home to Student Multimedia Services and the OSU Computer Helpdesk.

You can also rent lockers, check out laptops, kindles, and other tablets.

There are several computer stations and printing available.  Study rooms with whiteboards are reserve-able and lastly it is home to our Collaborative Learning Center.

We encourage you to stop in during CONNECT and find your way around, so you know where to head when it is time to study.

Full List of Services

Safe Ride  September 19th, 2014

SafeRide is a service dedicated to assault prevention, to OSU students, Faculty and Staff. One of the most important services we offer is free transportation to and from campus for all OSU students.

Hours of Operation

  • Fall Term: 7:00PM – 1:00AM
  • Winter Term: 6:00PM – 1:00AM
  • Spring Term: 7:00PM – 1:00AM


  • SafeRide does not drop off or pick up riders from bars, nor does SafeRide take students to parties; we do not service commercial locations.
  • SafeRide provides rides to groups of “three” or less. We believe that groups in more than three are practicing great skills to prevent assault by traveling in groups of four or more.
  • SafeRide will not wait more than five minutes past the given wait time.  Our drivers are on a tight schedule; extensive waits will cause problems with our schedule.

Read all the policies here.

Finding a Job  September 18th, 2014

Looking for a job on campus? Luckily, employers across campus are flexible when it comes to working with students, they understand class schedules, demands of coursework, and clubs and organizations. Career Services at Oregon State offers numerous ways to find a job on-campus, as well as off-campus (depending on what you are looking for).

  • On-campus job listings are available at Student Jobs @OSU.Be prepared to enter your ONID username and password in order to log-in. As part of this program you can create an online profile that can be viewed by potential employers. To get the most out of this service consult Career Services which is located in the basement of Kerr Administration Building.
  • If you have been awarded Federal Work Study as part of your financial aid package, you are eligible for work study student jobs (as well as regular, non-work study student jobs). You can find a listing of these jobs by clicking on the OSU Federal Work Study On-Campus Jobs link on the right-hand side of the Student Jobs @OSU site.
  • Off-campus job listings are available at Beaver Careers.You can create an employment profile using this site which allows potential employers to search for good fits for their available jobs.

Additional suggestions for your job search include:

  • Make sure you are on your academic college and/or major’s listserves. If you aren’t receiving listserve emails, talk with your academic advisor about whether they are available.
  • Ask your friends where they work and that you are interested in a job on campus. Oftentimes people hire by referrals from current employees.
  • Continue to recheck the following websites because job opportunities are constantly being updated for different terms.

Be sure to check out Career Services website for more help on finding a job, internship, or career fair information at

Making Your First Appointment at CAPS  September 17th, 2014

While you are working to achieve your academic goals, sometimes life can get in the way. Our highly trained, compassionate counselors are available to offer brief support in order to help you succeed academically and with personal development. All counseling at CAPS is free and confidential – your privacy is protected by law.

To Access Counseling Services:

  • Free consultations are available from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; Thursday consultations are available from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm.
  • To receive your confidential consultation call 541-737-2131 or come by the CAPS office on the 5th floor of Snell Hall during the times listed above.
  • A professional counselor will speak with you for about 10 – 15 minutes to listen to your needs and concerns and determine what services will be most helpful in meeting those needs.
  • At the end of your consultation you will either have a 1st appointment scheduled with a counselor at CAPS or have a goal-driven plan for next steps.
  • You may also speak with an After-Hours counselor any time the office is closed by calling 541-737-2131 and choosing option “1” on the main menu.

*If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, please call 541-737- 7000 or 911