Whether it’s your first year at Oregon State, or you’re an old pro, the beginning of a new school year is always exciting. Here are some ways to get off to a good start.
If you’ve been gone through the summer, you might notice that campus is looking a little different, so check out the new buildings and current construction projects.
Austin Hall, the home of the College of Business is now open. This four-story, 100,000-square-foot building is hard to miss on Jefferson Way, just west of 26th Street. William Tebeau Hall is welcoming 324 students this fall. This five-story, 76,000-square-foot residence hall is located directly south of Wilson Hall at Washington Avenue and 13th Street.
Getting involved, getting better grades
Getting involved on campus is a big part of your college experience, and Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) offers all kinds of opportunities to make a better self and a better world. There are more than 350 clubs and organizations, where you can develop your leadership skills, make friends, drive positive social change and just have fun. And connecting with your community isn’t the only benefit: students who are more involved tend to earn better grades.
Academic support where and when you need it
Speaking of better grades, there are lots of resources to help you achieve them. The Writing Center is a free service offering help with writing projects at any stage. The Academic Success Center provides academic coaching, supplemental instruction and other learning services. It doesn’t matter if you feel you’re falling behind or you want to get more out of your classes, these services are always here for you.
So are all the resources of the Valley Library. During the academic year, the library is open 24 hours a day from 10 a.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The library catalog is online and always at your disposal. Computers, lockers, copiers, printers and tablet devices are available, as are study rooms and small conference rooms for individual and group study.
Be well, do well
Taking care of yourself is a smart strategy for academic success. Choose your workout at Dixon Recreation Center and check out all the opportunities for fun and fitness programs through Rec Sports. Student Health Services offers acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy and other health and fitness programs at Dixon, too. And because a healthy mind supports a healthy body, Counseling and Psychological Services offers a variety of programs and resources. Feeling stressed? Check out the Mind Spa in Snell Hall.
Welcome — and welcome back to Beaver Nation.