Hey Guys! My name is Lisa, and I am a rising sophomore accounting major from Essex Junction, VT. I have been out from school for the summer for about a month and a half, and I can’t wait to go back! I miss all of my friends from school, and not going to lie, I miss the dining hall too. One awesome thing about Burlington being such an awesome town is that in the summer, lots of students stay in the area because they don’t want to leave. So even though school is out, you can still stay in Burlington and enjoy all that it has to offer.
I’m sure the class of 2017 has been keeping track too, but just in case, I wanted to point out that there are only 63 DAYS LEFT UNTIL ORIENTATION STARTS! I am so excited to welcome all of the new students to campus, as a student ambassador and as a peer advisor! I will be one of many peer advisors that help the freshman class with whatever they might need throughout their first year, as well as helping students with their LEAD requirement. I am so excited for that because I want everyone to love Champlain as much as I do, and I want everyone to find what makes them happy.
I know that as I was preparing for school in the fall last year, I was really excited, but there were also a lot of things that I was worried about too. So many new things are happening all at once, and it can be a lot to handle. So I want to offer some advice to some questions that I know I was really worried about. Feel free to comment on this post if there are any questions that you have that you want me to answer!
1) Are roommates random and am I going to like mine?
So we get this question A LOT. For the most part, roommate selection is pretty random. When you send in your deposit, you will get a housing form where you choose your top 3 houses, and anything about you. This would include things like whether you go to sleep early, are clean or messy, like loud music, and that sort of thing. If you met someone at Accepted Students Day or something, and you want to live with them, if you both request each other on that form, you can room together! But, speaking from personal experience, it is also fine to go completely random. I was in a quad my freshman year, and it was awesome! The three other roommates that I was randomly placed with were great! We had so much fun together during the year, and I made lifelong connections with all 3 of them. I mean look at us? Aren’t we adorable!
2) How do class schedules work?
For the first semester, your schedule is made for you. I think that it is great that Champlain does this because you most likely have never been in a college type setting until now, so you don’t know what to expect. You don’t want to overload yourself right off, or stress about picking the right classes for your major. We do all of that for you for first semester. Once first semester is almost over, and second semester gets close, you will register for your own classes online. But don’t worry, you aren’t alone! This is something that your peer advisor will help you with by either meeting up with you or coming to your hall to help you figure it all out. Once you do it once, it is easy as pie. Registering for your own classes means that you get to pick what time you have class, and also who you want for a professor. If you are a morning person, you can have all morning classes, and if you like to stay up late and sleep in, you can make it so you don’t have any class until 2. You can also schedule it so you have either Monday or Friday off, so you can have a long weekend, and maybe make it up to the mountain! Trust me, if you like this last option, you are NOT ALONE at Champlain!
3) What the heck am I going to do when I am not in class?
Another great thing about Champlain is that there are SO many different ways to get involved. There literally is something for everyone. We have a club in anything you could ever imagine, and they are so easy to get involved with. A great part about it is that you can put as much time into them as you want. If you have a big paper to write, and can’t make it to an event or meeting, it isn’t the end of the world, and you can still participate when you want! It is also a great way to meet lots of people with a similar interest. And if you don’t see a club in what you like to do, just MAKE ONE! All you need is 10 student signatures, and one faculty or staff, and you have a club! How cool is that? This link can tell you even more about our clubs and activities! http://www.champlain.edu/student-life/campus-life/activities-and-clubs . Another awesome part about Champlain is that it is located in Burlington, VT. I grew up in the area, so this might be my biased opinion, but I wouldn’t choose any other place to go to school, and obviously that is why I am here, and don’t see myself leaving anytime soon. Walk down to the water, go to the beach, walk up the hill to a UVM game, go to the Ben and Jerrys factory, go ice skating, go kayaking, see a play at the Flynn, check out the art hop, go to higher ground for a concert. The list goes on and on. See the beautiful area that I call home. Trust me, even if you are just sitting at the waterfront, it is worth the trip.
4) How do I avoid the freshman fifteen?
I know it crosses everyone’s mind. Trust me, coming from a food fanatic, I know it can be scary. But our dining hall is here for you. They have so many healthy options every day, that it makes it easy to find healthy choices, and also not eat the same thing every day. They always have fresh fruit salads, and an awesome salad bar that changes toppings every day. The international station cooks up fresh stir frys with chicken and shrimp, and my favorite day is when they roll sushi for us! But don’t worry, they have lots of stuff for days when you want to go all out. My favorite thing about the dining hall is their Facebook page (and grilled cheese sandwiches). You can write what you liked, or something you didn’t. You can even make requests for something that you want them to have, and they will add it to the menu. I could seriously go on about the dining hall all day, and if you want to hear that, you are going to have to come visit and go on tour with me.
So I think that is it for now, as I don’t want to ramble too much. PLEASE COMMENT WITH ANY OTHER QUESTIONS THAT YOU WANT ME TO ANSWER!!! And also don’t forget that some of our student ambassadors are still at school for the summer giving tours and answering emails, so say hi! email@example.com is our email! Thanks for reading! Photo of some Student Ambassadors scooping ice cream at Spring Meltdown!