Your first week on any college campus can be daunting. There’s so much to do, so where should you begin? To help you out, we’ve come up with our top picks for things you should make a point to do during your first seven days here at URI.

1. Get some late night I-Zone. It’s your first week at URI, your mom didn’t make you dinner, you’re a little homesick and it’s okay. Head up to the Emporium and go for the carbs. We personally recommend drowning your homesickness in a BBQ chicken calzone, but you can take your pick. Regardless of the kind of calzone, you aren’t a URI student until you’ve eaten I-Zone after 12 a.m.

2. Check out the Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center. We know you hiked up to the Emporium last night to get that calzone but trust us, even though you’re sore from hiking Everest walking up the quad, you didn’t burn that melted cheese off. Check out URI’s brand new fitness facility located across from Hope Commons-we like the Arc machines you can plug your smartphone into.

3. Find the academic buildings your classes are in. We’re not going to sugar coat it, odds are pretty good you’ll get lost on your first day of class. You’ll also probably oversleep. And the walk from Weldin to Swan that doesn’t look too far on the map your dad grabbed for you at move in? It’s far. Use 20 minutes of the free time you have in the days before classes start to orient yourself on campus, it’ll make your stressful first day much easier.

4. Go swimming in the pool at the Tootel Aquatic Center. You’re a student, you get to swim for free! Whether you want to swim laps, jump off the high dive or just splash around with your friends, a trip to the pool is one of our favorite freshman year excursions.

5. Take a picture with the ram statue outside the Memorial Union. Whatever, we know you think it’s lame, but there’s no better way to show the kids you went to high school with that you’re having fun in college then by posting a picture on social media of you and the school mascot.

6. Pick up a copy of the New York Times. Okay, maybe this is just us, but a lot of people don’t realize that you have access to three major newspapers for free in boxes across campus! The Providence Journal and USA Today are also available.

7. Sit in one of the chairs in the Airport Lounge, upstairs in the Memorial Union across from the Information Desk. Before you sit down, take a second and think about what they’re going to feel like.  Then sit in them.  Trust us, once you sit down you’ll get it.

8. Get off campus. As much as there is to do in Kingston, there’s a lot more to see in the towns surrounding campus. If you don’t have a car, make friends with someone who does or find a RIPTA schedule (only $2 per ride). Walk the Pier in Narragansett, explore the stores in Wakefield or even take a ride up to Providence.

9. Head up to the Memorial Union bookstore to buy yourself some URI gear.  We all know that the three steps to officially becoming a college student are get accepted, pay tuition and buy a shirt so if you haven’t bought some Rhody gear yet, do it!

10.  Bookmark RhodyCigar.com. Okay, call it a shameless plug, but there’s no place that’s going to keep you better informed about what’s going on around here like The Good 5 Cent Cigar. You can also still get all your news in print every Thursday.  If none of these options work for you, sign up for our E-Paper to get all the headlines delivered to your inbox every week.  It’s never been easier to stay in touch with what’s going on at URI.

Leave us a comment and let us know how these worked out for you!