Making Campus Connections
Your campus network starts in your own room and builds from there. Everyone from your roommate to your floormates to the person sitting next to you in class represents an opportunity to connect. Be deliberate in getting to know those living with and around you. These informal relationships are important not only socially but could help you through identifying study groups and friends with similar interests.
Some students want to make these connections more deliberate and opt for a Living and Learning Program. MSU offers a number of living and learning programs designed to provide a great way to integrate your academic and social lives.
Your Resident Mentor and Cultural Aides are an important resources in your residence hall. Both are upperclass students whose primary goal is to help you adjust and succeed at MSU. Use them as a resource for advice and support.
Joining a student organization is a great way to quickly connect with students who share your interests. If you have an interest, there is likely a group for it. Check out a complete list of Clubs and Organizations and be sure to attend Sparticipation during Fall Welcome.
Building relationships make a big school feel small and a great place to start is with your faculty members. Take advantage of all they have to offer as you adjust to life at MSU.
Most faculty provide set office hour times during the week when they are available to meet with students. During office hours, you can seek advice on your classes, get help with homework, or discuss your academic interests. Visit the list of Colleges on campus to begin your search for departments and faculty in your area of interest.
Faculty also offer students the opportunity to participate in department events. Your first hands on experience with department wide events will be with your College Colloquium during Fall Welcome. The College Colloquium will introduce you to your College and its majors, as well as key faculty and staff in the College.
As you get adjusted to college life and academics, you may wish to seek out additional opportunities with faculty members on campus. Check out the Undergraduate Research website to learn more about how MSU undergrads are working with top faculty members on a variety of independent projects.
MSU is a big place with lots of opportunities. As a result, you have a lot of choices to make and prioritizing can be challenging. Take advantage of the expertise and knowledge of our Spartan staff across the University.
During AOP, you will meet with an Academic Advisor to plan your first semester course schedule. Academic Advisors are available throughout the year in your College but also through the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative and the Neighborhoods, which offer advising services for new students and undecided majors.
MSU also has an array of offices and programs designed to support you along the way. Whether it’s tutoring for a specific class, counseling for personal issues, or help with health and nutrition, there are resources available for you.
Want to connect right away with MSU offices, organizations and programs on campus? Check out MSUTalk, a listing of all the places in cyberspace—Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, YouTube—where you can find members of the Spartan staff and community.
Being a Spartan makes you part of the campus and the broader local communities. Take advantage of local events, community festivals and existing community groups like volunteer, social, cultural and spiritual organizations.
MSU is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing, in Michigan. Explore the local area and the state during your time at MSU and take advantage of their many opportunities.
Serving the community is an important Spartan value and a great way to get to know the local community. You can experience this firsthand during Fall Welcome by participating in Fill the Bus, a campus-wide initiative to collect donations of school supplies, non-perishables and more for those in need in the local community. Visit the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to learn about the many opportunities available to get involved.
The local community also engages with MSU and its students through the One Book One Community program. All first-year students are assigned a book to read prior to the start of school. You will receive the book at AOP and its author will speak to students early in the semester. You then have the opportunity to participate in discussions about the book with classmates and on- and off-campus community members throughout the year.
Whether you choose to be formally involved, you are a member of more than just the MSU community. Respect members of the community, seek out opportunities to enjoy it, and represent Spartan Values in the community.