Welcome and welcome back to Beaver Nation, students. It’s been a busy summer for many of you — showing off a state-of-the-art bipedal robot, studying microloans in Uganda, trekking across Europe or getting some real-world work experience here at home. It’s all part of the Beaver Nation experience — pushing up our sleeves, getting things done and making the world better.
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 the best start possible.
Welcome Week begins Sept. 20 with a calendar full of events to get you connected across campus. You can also download the Oregon State University Guide app for your smartphone, which features schedules, maps, to-do lists and more from downloadable guides.
There’s a good chance you’ll have a class in the new Learning Innovation Center, which is already becoming known as the LInC. The four-story classroom building, which will serve nearly 3,000 students a day, incorporates unique design features to maximize student-teacher involvement. It’s also home to the Integrated Instructional Resource Center and the University Honors College. You’ll find the LInC in the heart of campus behind Austin Hall and the Women’s Building.
Other new(ish) campus facilities include the Student Experience Center next to the Memorial Union. Besides meeting and event space, the SEC houses multiple student-centered programs and departments, including ASOSU, ISOSU, the Orange Media Network and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. Two of Oregon State’s seven cultural centers also moved into their new homes last spring: the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center. The cultural centers welcome all members of the OSU community to learn about different cultures and diversity.
Getting involved, getting better grades
Getting involved on campus is a big part of your college experience, and Student Leadership and Involvement 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, including its online catalog. 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. 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.
Connect on social media
Don’t forget to follow us on social media! Connect to Beaver Nation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat (oregonstateu) to get the latest info on what’s going on around campus. You can also find a variety of clubs, colleges and other campus groups at the social media directory.
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