Getting ready for college


Start your first year at SAC smoothly by avoiding the usual freshman pitfalls and problems with these tips.

  • Invest in a sturdy bag or backpack. You’ll be responsible for books, pens and electronics. It will be a drag carting around loose junk between classes.
  • Don’t forget to hydrate. Bring a water bottle with you to class because you will get parched.
  • Listening to music will pass the time, but don’t let your headphones keep you from meeting new friends.
  • Making a good first impression is important, but don’t take fashion leaps that you’ll regret later. Comfort is key, so save the stilettos for your Saturday night out, ladies.
  • Express your style or cover up your bed-head with a hat. Wear it properly to keep the sun off of your face in the heat.
  • If you’re starving all day, you won’t be focused in class. Pick up snacks from the cafeteria or Don Express.
  • You may have long breaks between classes. Don’t be left with nothing to do. Bring your laptop or a book to keep the boredom away.
  • Fall can be as hot as summer, so keep your attire light until the weather cools down. Don’t break out sweaters and scarves just yet.


  • DON’T park in the shopping center across the street. Shop owners won’t hesitate to report your vehicle and it will get towed.
  • DO purchase a parking pass. You don’t want to risk getting tickets all semester. Daily permits are $2. Better shell out the $30 to put your mind at ease.
  • DON’T be late to class because you can’t find parking. Come at least 20 minutes early to hunt down a spot and remember that the farther away that you park, the longer it will take to walk to class.
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