I thought it would be helpful for a current student (ME!), to give incoming students (YOU!) some tips for the start of classes. Because let's face it, most of us have been out of school for a few years, and its an adjustment to start a new program and get back in the swing of things. But have no fear, a current SOM student is here (to give you a heads up on things)!
Your acceptance letter contains A LOT of important information, so my first piece of advice is to read over all of the information you receive in the coming weeks. And what I found most helpful was to write down all of the important dates in my calendar.
I put together a quick list of important items to note for New Students. Be sure to check out my blog next week, which will give some further grad-school advice and navigation tips!
Foundations of Business - This is non-credit REQUIRED course that details orientation, career coaching and skills you will need to be successful in business school. I didn't anticipate how useful this non-credit course would be, however, it proved to be immensely helpful and a great prep-course for school. It was more or less an overview of what you should expect when you arrive on campus. And most importantly, the best part of Foundations is that you get to meet your classmates whom you'll be working with anywhere from the next 16 months to 3 years.
Parking - The Parking Office is located in the Palace Road Building (if you're facing the SOM, it's the building to the left). This is also where you will get your SOM ID, or Fenway Card. Your Fenway Card gives you access to not only the parking garage, but campus buildings and offices, campus print, or you can load money on there for the cafeteria and vending machines.
Campus Print - Did you know that we have free* printing stations here on campus for you to print your homework assignments or class notes? Each semester you will receive $50 for Campus Print. Simply log in, upload your document, and go to one of the convenient printing stations either located on the 1st floor near M-101, 2nd floor in the seating area, or the 3rd floor near the resource desk. Best advice regarding Campus Print, BOOKMARK this page so you don't forget how to access it. And, if you're confused about how to print, remember to Just Ask another student to show you how to use it!
Excel Requirement - Another important item to add to your calendar is to be sure to complete the Excel competency requirement. This is an online module that tests, your knowledge of Excel. There are "how-to's" in the program, so I suggest you go through them before you take the test. I promise the Excel Competency test is not as bad as it sounds, especially if you are a novice to intermediate Excel user as I was last year. Please note, that ALL students must complete this prior to your first day of class; Test Drive Students have until their second semester to complete this when you fully matriculate as a student.
In all, there are lots of things to think about in preparation for a new school year as a new student. And if you don't know where to find the bookstore or how to register for classes, OR even figure out how to set up e-mail on your smart phone (because we've all been there), just ask - because we've all been in your shoes!
Stay-tuned for my post next week with further grad-school advice that will better help you prepare for the start of a new school year!