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Collegetown section offers advice to incoming students, parents

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 9:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:42 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 26, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Missourian's special publication "Collegetown" takes a look at what students will need to know before moving to Columbia and transitioning to college life.

The publication, available online and in a downloadable e-book as well as in print, is divided into five sections.

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Here's a list of what you will find:

ACADEMICS

How to pick classes: MU offers resources to help students choose classes, in addition to selecting a major and minor. And we've got a 12-step guide to help you navigate MyZou, the online scheduling system.

Extraordinary classes: Whether you're a Harry Potter fan or interested in floral design, there's an MU class for you.

All-nighters: Many college students struggle with sleep deprivation. With multiple classes and extracurricular activities, it can be hard to get enough sleep. A professor of neurology at MU helps explain how sleep can help lead to a healthy life and balanced schedule.

Handling homework: There is an abundance of campus resources available to help you with your homework and challenging coursework.

Honors College: MU's Honors College rewards students for academic achievement.

ENTERTAINMENT

Student activities: Involvement Ambassadors help students find clubs and organizations that suit their interests. There are more than 700 options from which to choose, including English at MU, which is seeking new members.

Cheering sections for MU athletic teams also are a great way to get involved.

Going Greek: We've got some tips for helping you navigate recruitment week.

Fall Welcome activities include Midnight BBQ and Tiger Walk as ways to welcome students to campus.

Rec sports offer some stress relief for students: Leagues are offered for sand and indoor volleyball, flag football, inner tube water polo, table tennis and plenty of other sports.

Movie-lovers will find something for nearly all tastes in Columbia, whether art films showing at Ragtag Cinema or the annual True/False Film Fest that draws documentary producers, filmmakers and film-lovers.

Columbia offers live music venues every night of the week. The hardest decision might be selecting where to go for your night on the town.

Museums and galleries in Columbia offer a range of exhibits and art.

Parks and recreation areas surround Columbia, so you'll have plenty of space for biking, hiking or fishing.

ATHLETICS

It's Missouri's first season as part of the Southeastern Conference. We've got your guide to the SEC.

And, we'll tell you what you need to know about getting tickets to the game.

Part of attending college is about taking part in school traditions. At Mizzou, that includes painting the rock M inside Memorial Stadium at the start of every fall semester.

If you are interested in more than football, MU students can attend a range of other athletic events.

LIFESTYLES

Living in the dorm means making some adjustments, such as dealing with a roommate, so we offer a few tips.

Getting along with residential advisers also can make your dorm experience more pleasant. These are the folks who serve as resources for the students, answering questions, offering guidance and helping them adjust to college life.

Eventually you'll need to do laundry. We offer a list of the ins and outs of doing laundry on campus.

You'll also need to know about packing and what to leave home because it's not allowed in the dorms, and how to dress for Missouri's fluctuating weather.

Lessons from seniors: If our guide hasn't given you enough information, a few Missourian staffers, all upperclassmen, offer some additional advice on how to find success.

FOOD

Navigating MU's many dining halls can be tricky, but our staff can help you with insider information, such as which dining halls have the best of what and when is the best time to eat at each location.

Dining hall food can get a bit monotonous after a while. Break up your normal eating habits with visits to some other locations on campus.

When campus dining options have been exhausted, try some of the menu options at restaurants close to campus.

Vegetarian options also exist around Columbia, as many restaurants seek to accommodate a range of food preferences.

SHOPPING

The shops in downtown Columbia offer something for nearly every budget.

If shopping under one roof is more your style, the Columbia Mall offers a range of stores geared toward the college-age buyer.

FINANCES & HEALTH

Budgeting can be difficult for new students, who might not have experience managing money. The MU Office for Financial Success has a few suggestions to help you get started.

MU offers electronic payment options to help you track spending.

Getting residency: Out-of-state students can opt for in-state tuition rates and save if they get residency.

On-campus health care strives for same-day service when students fall ill.


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