Monday, August 30, 2021
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Whether you’re kicking off your first year at UNH Manchester or your last, the first week of classes can be stressful. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you switch from summer mode to school mode.

  1. Say hi. Because we have a smaller campus, you’ll see a lot of familiar faces. Be sure to introduce yourself to faculty, staff and classmates—the connections you make could lead to many professional, social and academic opportunities.
  2. Get (and stay) organized. Mark all your important dates, deadlines and assignments on a calendar or planner. A little organization can go a long way in keeping up with your to-do list.
  3. Manage your time. Manchester is a bustling place, so it’s important to give yourself enough time to get to classes, meetings and other campus happenings. If you’ve got time between classes, use it wisely. Meet with faculty, grab a reading nook in the library, join a student club—there are no shortage of things to do on campus.
  4. Explore. Our campus is in the heart of the millyard, steps away from the city’s sights, tastes and experiences. Cheer on the Fisher Cats at an afternoon baseball game, take an art class at Muse Paintbar, go rock climbing at Vertical Dreams or savor award-winning crab cakes at Cotton. There’s a lot to see and do in Manchester—and quite a few student discounts to go with it.
  5. Find your quiet place. With the craziness of the first week of classes, you may need some quiet time to clear your head and unwind. From the library study rooms to the student commons lounge to Veteran’s Memorial Park, there are many great spots on and around campus to regain your mental clarity.
  6. Catch enough Zs. Sleep is important for your academic success as it helps with focus and long-term memory. Aim for 7 or more hours a night—your mental and physical health will thank you.
  7. Keep your health in mind. Get the energy to power through your busy days with healthy meals and snacks. Developing the right eating habits will help you think clearer and feel better, which is important when you’re juggling school, work and other commitments. Getting some exercise, even just going for a walk, is also important to keep your mind and body healthy.

Most importantly: Enjoy your time at college. Wishing you much success in the new academic year, Wildcats!