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Peer Mentor "Pro Tips" for New Cyclones

Your peer mentors are experienced Cyclones, and they want to share their knowledge with you!


Favorite Dining Hall

#1: Union Drive
#2: Friley Windows
#3: Conversations


Favorite Meal Items

  • sweet and sour chicken
  • mashed potatoes
  • wings
  • breakfast sandwiches
  • waffles
  • build your own noodle bar
  • orange chicken
  • BLT pizza
  • Italian kale sausage soup
  • Sandwiches from Westside Market


Best Places to Study

  • Bessey Study Rooms (only for Biology, Genetics, and Environmental Science majors!!)
  • Hammocks
  • Lagomarcino Basement
  • Student Innovation Center
  • Library (1st and 3rd floor, Tiers)
  • The Hub


Tips for Classes: BIOL 211 and 212

  • Go to class
  • Look at learning objectives
  • Practice Exams!!
  • Be intentional with studying
  • Paraphrase concepts Into question form (Quizlet)
  • Do all homework and Top Hats
  • Make study materials as you go
  • Study with friends
  • Go to office hours
  • Take a lot of notes


Tips for Classes: CHEM 177 and other CHEM classes

  • Do lots of practice problems
  • Ask questions
  • Compare lecture and lab content
  • Talk with classmates
  • Tutors are helpful
  • Recitation is extremely helpful!
  • Come prepared for lab
  • Go to class
  • Go to office hours
  • Handwrite your notes
  • Make a "cheat sheet" (even If you can't use on exams)


Favorite Clubs

  • WISE (Women In Science and Engineering)
  • STEM Scholars
  • Biological Sciences Clubs
  • Dance Marathon
  • SALT Company
  • Greek Life
  • Perspective & Admitted Students Day
  • Pre-Health Panel
  • George Washington Carver
  • Freddy Court Community Council
  • A Cappella/Choir


Tips for Living with a Roommate

  • Be open with communication
  • Be respectful of each other's space and time
  • Establish roles early (how chores are split, etc.)
  • Get to know your roommate but also make your own friends!
  • Talk about your lifestyles (sleeping times, friends coming over,etc.)
  • Be open-minded
  • Living together will be what you make of it!


Advice we wish we had known before the first week

  • Try to talk to as many people as possible In your classes
  • Take a deep breath :)
  • Give yourself grace
  • Take time for yourself
  • Learn about your resources as soon as you can
  • Google is your friend
  • Try not to compare yourself to others, everyone is on a different path
  • Try to make your backpack as light as possible (you walk a LOT)
  • Relax, you got this!!


You've got this, and we can't wait to meet you!

Go Cyclones!