First-Year Experience Checklist
Before You Arrive on Campus
☐ Be sure you have filled out all forms for the Office of Student Life.
☐ Finish all your documents for the Financial Aid Office in your eStudent account.
☐ Pay your deposit for enrollment, housing, or both.
☐ Check your campus email daily.
☐ Buy a calendar, organizer, or calendar app to keep all Fall semester deadlines and campus events in one place.
☐ If you will live on campus, know what to bring.
☐ Check out your residence hall information.
☐ Check your mailbox early and often.
☐ Keep checking your campus email daily. It is the official place for campus communication.
☐ Need a bank?
☐ If you are a commuter, read the Commuter FAQ.
☐ Buy a parking sticker for your car.
☐ Get to know your Residential Director (RD) and Residential Assistant (RA). These are people who can help you.
☐ Unpack your swimsuit and get ready for the All-College Picnic.
Through the First Year Academics
☐ Explore your proposed major.
☐ Meet with your academic advisor.
☐ Talk with a faculty mentor about your intended major.
☐ Utilize tutoring and writing resources in the Academic Support Center.
☐ Connect with members of the Bryan community who are in your classes; discuss forming study groups and exchange contact information.
☐ Connect with an upperclassman in your intended major to find out about their experience.
☐ Learn how to calculate your GPA.
☐ Renew by FAFSA January 1.
Community and Involvement
☐ Learn more about Bryan's Community Life Standards.
☐ Join at least one student organization; look at both social and academic campus organizations.
☐ Be sure to use your Bryan email (this is the official means of correspondence for the University) or arrange to have it forwarded to an email address that you check regularly.
☐ Participate in a community service project and consider ongoing service opportunities.
☐ If you are a commuter student, check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions. Utilize the Study Lounge in Library 113.
☐ Utilize College Central to review employment opportunities on and off-campus.
☐ Visit Focus 2 for assistance in discovering your personal strengths and interests.
☐ Attend a Career Fair to know what to expect for future years.
☐ Attend and connect to area faith community.
☐ Attend cultural events to explore the diversity represented at Bryan College.
☐ Offer, seek and identify an academic, emotional and spiritual support system. Utilize the Counseling Services, if needed.