Rules, tips, and advice to help you survive and thrive at Augustana’s unique campus
Whether you’re a new student or a veteran fifth year, navigating university life is challenging from day one. Augustana is a unique and innovative campus, and there are so many reasons why it’s a great place to be.
With the academic year already getting started, here are 35 tips to help you survive at Augustana.
1. Ask questions.
At first, it can be nerve-racking to approach your professor whether during or outside of class, however, it’ll save you a lot of time and energy.
2. Print the syllabus for each class and put all of your deadlines onto a calendar.
This is the best way to stay on track and remember every assignment.
3. Check textbook listings on Bear Tracks before your classes start.
The sooner you start the search for textbooks, the more successful you’ll be. Be sure to check the U of A bookstore, the ASA bookstore, the Augustana Buy and Sell Facebook page and even Amazon.
4. Find your classrooms before classes start.
Here is a mini guide to understanding classroom codes:
H- Hoyme (AKA the basement of first-year residence)
F- Faith and Life (near the horseshoe and gym)
C- Classroom building
G- Classrooms above the gym
L- Classrooms above the library
A- Auxiliary building
HBH- Heather Brae Hall (the trailer behind first-year residence)
5. Keep up with your readings.
You may think you have a lot of time, but it is easy to fall behind.
6. Find a group of friends and book the study rooms at the Augustana library.
They are a great space to complete group work and to have long study sessions.
7. See your academic advisor,
Even if you think you have your schedule figured out, it is better to have them check.
8. Get to know your professors.
Email them or stop by during their office hours.
9. Always carry essential items in your backpack,
An extra sweater, snacks, water bottles and chargers are recommended.
10. Visit Hutch in the Augustana library.
A few minutes of petting him will make you feel better, even on the worst of days.
11. If you’re an off campus student, go to soup supper. It’s every Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Get there early so you can get a good seat and the best bread selection.
12. Don’t make anyone angry because the campus is small and you’ll run into that person every day.
13. Don’t lose your ONEcard because unlimited chocolate milk is necessary.
14. Take advantage of the student discounts that are available to you.
Another good reason to keep your ONEcard safe. Here is a small list of some of the student friendly businesses in Camrose:
Wildrose Co-op Grocery store – 10% off
Domino’s Pizza – Buy 1, Get 1 Free
Rose City Taxi – 10% off
Tabb Lanes – $5 off on Thursdays
Bulk Barn – 10% off on Wednesdays
Shoppers Drug Mart – 20% off
Quantum Comics – 5% off
15. Make use of the charging stations.
There are places to charge your devices near Monica’s cafe in the forum, in the library, and in the Wahkohtowin lodge.
16. If you like to go out to the bar, always remember the golden rule; OC’s Fridays, Taproom Saturdays.
17. Stay positive and keep an open mind.
University is challenging, but remember there are always people on your side.
18. Get support if you need it.
There are resources available on and off campus. Book a tea time with Augustana’s Unitea peer support program, visit one of Augustana’s counsellors, talk with your academic advisor, talk to your professors, or visit the Camrose Mental Health Clinic.
19. If you need a change, try studying at a cafe.
The best ones include Fiona’s Coffee, Mainstreet 1908, and Sacred Arts, all of which are conveniently located in Downtown Camrose.
20. Don’t speed on 48 avenue.
Affectionately known as the “main drag”, 48 avenue has a speed limit of 50km/hour. Sometimes it’s hard because there are some very slow drivers, but there is almost usually a photo radar on this street.
21. Go to ASA events and learn about your student government.
22. Be kind to Monica and Terrence.
If you don’t know Monica and Terrence, they are the lovely individuals that run the cafe in the forum. Be kind, because someday they might save your life.
23. Don’t opt out of your student health insurance plan unless you have other coverage.
Find out more at www.studentcare.ca.
24. If you don’t have a car, try out Augustana’s new Pogo car program or check out the Camrose City Bus.
25. Find your Augustana swag at the bookstore.
Onesies, fuzzy sweaters, and viking plush toys.
26. Try out Grammarly.
Grammarly will help make your essays error free. Split the cost of premium amongst your friends.
27. Check out the reciprocity shelf when you walk through the forum.
Sometimes you’ll find exactly what you need.
28. Spend some evenings climbing at the Augustana Climbing Wall.
It’s a great way to let off some steam.
29. Get involved with one of Augustana’s many clubs.
Find out more at the Club Fair in the forum on Sept. 27.
30. Take one of Augustana’s unique courses.
Augustana has some different courses, many of which aren’t available at many universities. Try out Viking Age Mythology (AUSCA 142), Luge (AUPAC 152), Beginner’s Norwegian (AUSCA 101/102), Dogsledding (AUPED 281), or Spirit of the Land (AUIDS 286/386, AUREL 271).
31. Take a break from Augustana and study abroad if it works with your degree.
There are lots of ways to get funding for your travels.
32. If you don’t have a credit card, get one.
Many banks, such as BMO, have great student benefits.
33. Avoid the swans.
The Camrose swans are beautiful and elegant. However, they are not friendly. Do not approach the swans because they will chase you.
34. Spend time outside.
It’s a great way to shake off your stress. Camrose has amazing trails for running, walking, and skiing. You could also take a day trip to Miquelon Lake.
35. Don’t knock over the Jenga in the library.
It’s a trap.