10 Tips for Incoming Freshmen at Michigan State University

Freshman year at Michigan State University was a big headache for me; I didn’t know my way around campus, didn’t know how to catch the bus, didn’t know how to buy books and most importantly, I yelled ‘Yea… Go Green’ when someone said ‘Go Green’ to me. Here I have provided ten tips that will help any MSU freshman have a successful first year in East Lansing:

  1. Go Green, Go White


When someone yells ‘Go Green’ simply reply ‘Go White.’ Otherwise, people will strongly believe you are not a true Spartan at heart. Go green

2. Learn how to use the CATA


The CATA bus system will become your best friend all four years as an undergraduate student whether you live on or off campus. You will not be able to walk the entire campus everyday especially being that classes can be on either side of campus with a 20 minute break in between. Bikes or motor pads are great as well.

3. Attend at least one football game


Every Michigan State University student must experience the Spartan Dawgs first hand and what better way to do so than in green and white at a football game in Spartan Stadium. Learn the fight song in advance and wake up at 7 a.m. to tailgate; its East Lansing tradition!

4. Know your neighborhoods and eat in Brody café


Walking around with a map of campus may just be a tad bit geeky but this is absolutely the best way to get acquainted with each neighborhood on campus. Eat in Brody café too, this has been named the best café on campus but beware of the Freshman 15 because it’s most certainly real!

5. Attend and get active with on campus events


Looking for a job that can lead to a possible career? If so, get involved on campus by joining organizations and groups where you can be linked with hundreds of people with millions of different connects.

6. Love Koofers


Over the course of four years, Koofers will become your best friend. This is where you’ll be able to get information about professors and classes beforehand.

7. Don’t get too involved in college affairs


College love isn’t meant to last forever, unless life is absolutely impossible without one another. Otherwise have fun without getting too wrapped up and attached to someone who’s still enjoying the sleaze life.

8. No 8 a.m. classes!


No freshman or first year Spartan should ever have an 8 a.m. class. It’s considered death especially when class is on the far opposite side of campus from your dorm. You will forever be late and be mindful of the wild nights you are to have before you pick that early morning class.


9. Utilize the Main Library all throughout the year expect Finals Week


The Main Library is a great place to study and meet with groups except for finals week fall and spring semester. It will be crowded all throughout the night until late hours of the morning. Oh yea, there’s a midnight scream during finals week that you’ll want to be aware of, participate too!

10. Hate UMich!!!!!!!!!


Hate UmichLastly, you will not be classified as a true Spartan unless you absolutely hate the University of Michigan, also known as our younger sibling! WE SPARTANS HATE UMICH!!!!!

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Derek Nesbitt

I am a 18y.o freshman at Michigan State University with the major of journalism. I am also a MSU Competitive Cheerleader along with a member of the MSU Urban Dream Dance team.

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