Classes are underway at IU South Bend as students come to campus for the start of the 2014-15 academic year. With the start of classes on August 25 and the arrival of thousands of students, it is recommended that you arrive early to find a convenient place to park. Campus police will be directing traffic and informing students which lots have spaces available but the best way to make sure you get to class on time is to arrive on campus early.
Once here, students are invited to the Welcome Back Fair featuring information tables, entertainment, giveaways, food and fun. The Welcome Back Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus mall on Monday (8/25) and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday (8/26).
There is a full slate of activities for students. Go to https://www.iusb.edu/studentlife/Welcome%20Week.php for details.
On Friday, Chancellor Terry L. Allison presided over the annual New Student Induction Ceremony urging students to get involved in campus activities. His tips for student success include:
Show up to class, and show up on time. But don’t just show up to class; show up having read the materials and with a list of questions.
Read, read, read—and re-read when necessary.
Write, write, write—and definitely rewrite. Give yourself time to develop a draft, have it reviewed, and rewrite.
Study two hours for every hour you are in class.
Take 15 credit hours. You will graduate sooner, with less debt, and enter the workforce sooner.
Know the rules. Don’t harm yourself unintentionally—such as slipping below full-time status only to lose your state scholarship.
Get a job on campus. Volunteer on campus. Join a study group, a club, an honor society, intramural sports—get involved and use this campus as your own. It’s yours. Use the resources we have for you to help you in English, math, sciences, and other fields.
Live on campus if you can. It can make a tremendous difference to your persistence and to your graduation.
Communicate, communicate, communicate—Tell your professor, financial aid counselor, a peer mentor, or someone else what is happening and how someone here at IU South Bend can help. We do care and we do want to help.
Find a mentor—someone to rely on when you feel like quitting. And don’t quit. Don’t even drop a class before you know the true consequences to your academic progress or your financial aid.
Watch your debt. Ask yourself, do I really need that?
And get out and get engaged.