Get to know the Cy-Ride routes ahead of time. You will most likely be riding Orange and a few Grays. Their are two kinds of Oranges, the most frequent are the Circulators that run between the commuter lots, and campus. The other kind of Orange, are the Vet-Med buses that run every 20 minutes or so. They say Vet-Med in the Upper LED Marquee sign. PAY ATTENTION when you get on these, so that you GET OFF at the Linden stop when you are returning from class. Otherwise you will end up clear out at VET-MED, and will waste close to 40 mins of your valuable video-game/study time. The Grays run every hour.
You will want to leave early for your classes. If you try to leave 15 mins early, you will encounter 15000 other freshmen and transfers student who THOUGHT that was enough time to catch a space on an Orange bus. The buses are CROWDED 15 - 20 mins before the next class. Try a half hour early, that should be enough time.
When you do board the bus, MOVE as far to the rear of the bus as possible to make room for others. If you want off the bus within a few stops, sit/stand near the rear doors, to facilitate existing the bus.
The Circulators, which are the #21 Cardinals, the #22 Golds, the #23 Oranges, and the #24 Silvers, ARE ALL FREE for everyone to ride, AND YOU ***DON'T*** have to show your ID to get on these buses.
To ride the fixed routes which are the #1 Reds (this includes 1A AND 1B), the #2 Greens, the #3 Blues, the #4 Grays (when it is off University property and ON city streets), #5 Yellows, #6 Browns, #7 Purples, #8 Aquas, and #10 Pinks you must show the driver your ISU card, and then you can ride.
If you have classes on the West Side of campus, you can get back to MWL via the #1 Red route (which drops on the south side of Lincolnway), or the #3 Blue which will drop you just south of Lincolnway on Beach Ave.
Also, around September time Cyride is expecting two new articulated buses, which may hold up to 100 or 120 passengers, PREPARE FOR THE ARTICULATED MADNESS!!!!
My advice is to go to class. It's easy to skip and once you get the skipper bug as me and my friends like to call it, it can be hard to get rid of it. My freshmen year grades were much lower than they should have been and I learned from my mistake.
1) Don't go home during the weekends
Don't blow all of your dining dollars on Panda the first month of each semester
plz ask someone to explain the right and wrong way to use a BB gun
As others have mentioned, go to class!
Get a good balance of social life and classwork.
Don't wait too long to get help on classwork. Some classes offer help sessions, don't be afraid to try and use them. Some are helpful, others aren't as much.
Go to class.
Make lots of friends, hanging out with fellow freshman with the same major can also help out with classes.
Don't go home every weekend, or even most weekends.
Look into joining some clubs or getting an intramural team together.
PS. Make sure you always have a couple blue books handy for essay tests.
Agree don't use a map, look at the map or look up online before leaving the dorm and walk around campus a few times figuring out what buildings you need to go to.
There are a bunch of potential friends to choose from, don't expect that you'll be friends with (or even see again) anyone you meet in the first month, give it some time.
Regardless of the perception and some classic movies, not everyone goes out drinking every weekend, or even once a month. Only 10% of the students account for 90% of the drinking, but 10% can sure feel like everyone. Several freshmen fall into that trap and drink themselves out of school within a semester or two. You can find as much fun as you could want, just know that those party animals that have survived past freshman year are also taking care of business in the books. There has to be a balance.
Things I miss (in no particular order)- Pokey Stix, cheap pizza available anytime and an abundance of people to share it, pick-up bball games, broomball and ultimate frisbee, hallway sports, the aforementioned short shorts, the Lago courtyard in the spring, the Daily crossword puzzles, sitting in the student section, the wide variety of people and interests, and the general atmosphere and energy surrounding the campus. The years go by fast, and you'll get out of them only as much as you put into them. Find something you enjoy, get involved, and stay involved until they kick you out.
My advise, get to campus at least 4-5 days before class, and take one of those days to take your map and walk the route you will walk the first few days. In those days before classes start there is only other people walking trying to figure out where everything is, so you won't stand out or get made fun of. Get your barings about you, and then when classes start, you won't be the one running around lost or with a map in your hand.[/QUOTE]
Starting this year Cyride will be running it's fall schedule (minus the Circulators i.e. orange, cardinal, gold, silver) a week before classes start.