Vassar Today

Do's & Don'ts

By Lindsay Dawson '05

An Upperclassman's Guide for Freshmen

  • Beat the crowd and plan your fitness center workouts for the morning, when you'll be sure to get your favorite bike. Don't leave without a smoothie from the Atrium!
  • Don't use up all your Retreat points in September like everyone else.
  • 9:00 a.m. class may seem like a pleasantly late start now, but just wait.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes early to Improv shows if you'd like a seat.
  • You'll never guess how happy you'll be to see your parents when they visit. Just be sure to clean your room before their arrival. Book those CIA reservations months in advance!
  • Don't miss the Farmer's Market on the Alumnae House lawn, where you can indulge in organic vegetables, fresh cider, and local cheeses.
  • The place to “see and be seen” on a Sunday night is the library's reserve room. If you want to actually study, try the periodical room on the second floor.
  • Scare yourself silly at Raymond's annual Haunted House.
  • Do register for courses online. You can see which sections are full and plan accordingly.
  • Enjoy a leisurely stroll (or jog( at the Vassar Farm.
  • Help burst the Vassar “bubble” Ñ read a local newspaper, volunteer in the community, or do field work.
  • This fall, take the train to New York when the leaves are at their most colorful and partake in the Hudson Valley scenery. You won't regret it.
  • Weekend fun starts later at college. Don't arrive at the Mug before midnight.
  • Reserve theater tickets for on-campus shows a few days in advance or you're out of luck.