FIRST Tips and Tricks

First year program presents the first six weeks checklist

Opening Weekend AUGUST 17-19

  • (8/17)Move into your Residence Hall Room 
  • (8/19)Find your classes during Campus Class Roam
  • Check Canvas for any early instructions from your instructors (login with your email credentials)
  • Purchase your textbooks from the Antelope Book Store in the Union
  • Stay up to date on all Blue Gold Welcome activities: 

WEEK 1: AUGUST 20-26

  • Visit the office of Academic and Career Services to adjust your schedule if needed.  This is the only week you can do this without written permission and for free.
  • Organize! Once you attend all of your classes look over your syllabi and figure out when papers, tests, and projects are due. Put these into a calendar or organizer of some sort so you don’t miss one of those important dates.
  • Mix it up! Find several study spots. Research shows that varying the environment you study in builds more pathways to information in your brain. 


  • (8/29) Watch your Lopermail for your E-Bill notification. This is the only notification you will get about your bill. This is also the day to enroll in the Loper Payment Plan. 
  • (8/29) It’s time to start meeting people if you haven’t already. Go to the student organization fair, to find student organizations that may interest you, so you can start connecting with people with like interests.
  • Find at least three new students in your residence hall and introduce yourself to them. You can also try introducing yourself to someone in each of your classes.
  • Login to MyBlue to find you academic advisor. Reach out to them and introduce yourself.


  • Tests, Quizzes, and Exams may take place around this time and may be unannounced. Go to the  second floor of the Library (The Learning Commons), for tutoring, study sessions, so you can get ahead and stay ahead. 
  • You have probably noticed a hold on your MyBlue account. In order to remove this hold, you must speak with an advisor in Academic and Career Services (MSAB 140). You will not be able to register for your next semester courses until this hold has been lifted.


  • Treat yourself to a night away from academics. Go out to dinner with friends, attend an athletic event on campus, or just watch Netflix with some friends for an evening. Having time to relax is as important to your overall health.
  • Struggling with a class? If you haven’t attended your professor’s office hours, now is the time to go see him/her for a little extra help. You can find your professors’ office hours and locations located on your class syllabus.
  • Don’t forget to participate in the Homecoming week activities!


  • (9/20) Don’t forget to pay your tuition and fees. Late fees will be added to your bill if you do not pay it on time. This is also the last day to enroll in the Loper Payment Plan. 
  • Set goals for the rest of the semester and into next semester. What do you want to accomplish? Change? Improve upon?
  • Your academic advising appointment will be coming up soon. If you haven't reached out to your advisor yet, now is the time!
  • If you are unsure who your advisor is, come see us in First Year Programs and we will help point you in the right direction.