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COMMON FIRSTS TO EXPERIENCE

Your time at WVU will be an experience! No two first-year experiences will look the same, but all new students experience is a common path that’s special and unique to being a Mountaineer.

When you look back on your first year, what will you remember?

  • Receiving your acceptance letter
  • Your campus tour
  • Buying your WVU gear
  • Completing the online Orientation modules
  • Creating your Fall schedule with your academic adviser
  • Attending WVU Destination
  • Adventure WV
  • Preparing to come to campus
  • Move-In
  • Welcome Week
  • Monday Night Lights
  • Academic Day
  • FallFest
  • Your First-Year Seminar
  • Discovering the differences between high school and college
  • Getting Involved – there’s something for EVERYONE. Check out Project 168, WVU Engage, Mountaineer Week, Festival of Ideas, etc.
  • Navigating your independence, your classes, your free time, the campus – especially, the hills in Morgantown!
  • Feeling homesick
  • Exploring your passion and purpose
  • Finding your belonging (your people)
  • Life off campus – get to know the Morgantown community. Don’t miss out on all the beautiful scenery WV has to offer. Fall in Morgantown is AMAZING.
  • Your first visit to Coopers Rock
  • Connecting to campus resources
  • The Campus Read – another way for students to connect. Check out this year’s book.
  • The Farmer’s Market in the Fall
  • Your first tests
  • Connecting with tutoring, mentors, success coaches
  • Interacting with your instructors and academic adviser
  • Early Alert Grades – celebrate your accomplishments and/or seek help that you may need to be successful in your courses
  • Choosing your major
  • Considering education abroad, undergraduate research, internships. So soon – Yep!
  • The energy created by WVU athletic teams – your first WVU football game
  • Singing Country Roads after that first football WIN = chills
  • Realizing you need a job – Have you checked out Handshake?
  • Midterms / Midterm Grades
  • The Stress – remember, this is temporary. Take a deep breath. Organize and prioritize. We have people who can help with this.
  • Final Exams / Final Grades
  • Experiencing uncertainty or challenges – there are people and programs to help you overcome them (faculty, advisors, staff, WellWVU, Carruth, etc.)
  • The importance of a plan – to stay on track or get back on track
  • Coming back in the Spring
  • Feeling more confident and connected to WVU
  • Planning for your second year (courses, housing) – ALREADY? Time flies.
  • The Farmer’s Market in the Fall
  • Your first tests
  • Connecting with tutoring, mentors, success coaches
  • Interacting with your instructors and academic adviser
  • Early Alert Grades – celebrate your accomplishments and/or seek help that you may need to be successful in your courses
  • Choosing your major
  • Considering education abroad, undergraduate research, internships. So soon – Yep!
  • The energy created by WVU athletic teams – your first WVU football game
  • Singing Country Roads after that first football WIN = chills
  • Realizing you need a job – Have you checked out Handshake?
  • Midterms / Midterm Grades
  • The Stress – remember, this is temporary. Take a deep breath. Organize and prioritize. We have people who can help with this.
  • Final Exams / Final Grades
  • Experiencing uncertainty or challenges – there are people and programs to help you overcome them (faculty, advisors, staff, WellWVU, Carruth, etc.)
  • The importance of a plan – to stay on track or get back on track
  • Coming back in the Spring
  • Feeling more confident and connected to WVU
  • Planning for your second year (courses, housing) – ALREADY? Time flies.