If you’ve had to ask where something is already this semester, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
The class of 2025 is making their debut on campus, alongside the class of 2024 who attended Zoom University during their first year. Equally confused is the class of 2023, who hasn’t been on campus since March 2020.
So if you’re a first-year, sophomore or junior who is struggling to get your bearings on campus, here are the Editorial Board’s tips for being a first year (all over again):
Get ready for lots of walking
If you’re like us, you may have forgotten how big campus actually is, especially if you live on South Campus. And it’s brutal out here in the heat of August. Plan ahead, find those shortcuts, leave enough time to walk to class and invest in deodorant. Consider bringing your bike or using a campus bike if you’re trying to get from Hinton James to classes!
Buy the cheapest meal plan
You may think you will go to the dining hall four times a day, but let us tell you that the food gets old real quick. Buy the cheapest swipe options for your meal plan and you’ll likely still have plenty left over to give to the needy seniors at the end of the semester.
Learn the bus system
Google Maps, NextBus and TransLoc Rider are your friends and they will all give you invaluable information as you learn to navigate Chapel Hill Transit. It is free, so take advantage of it! Go for a joy ride on the NU route and see where it takes you, or ride the A from your house to University Place. The buses will take you all around campus and (did we mention), they are free!