COLUMBIA — It's been quite a few years since I entered college as a freshman at Mizzou, but I remember those days of searching campus maps for the right classroom building, walking into the wrong biology lab and trying to find answers to my questions about what that first semester was really going to be like. Luckily, I had a great roommate and her older sister to help me along. I survived, and so can you.

We've compiled plenty of information that should help you with those first few weeks of campus life in this year's Collegetown edition of the Missourian. There is a story about how to maintain long-distance relationships, a list of great locations for studying when you can't stand the four walls of your dorm room any longer and ideas for yummy snacks and quick-fix meals for those times when pizza and cafeteria food just won't do.

Of course, we've also got information about how to get involved with campus organizations, where to find help when you're struggling in a class and suggestions for some of the best food, shopping and attractions Columbia has to offer.

Click here to read the section's stories online or on the image to the left to download a pdf of the whole section.

The Missourian staff who compiled these stories have already been where you are  — facing a new adventure and the uncertainty of the future as you embark on a college education at MU. They compiled these stories with you in mind and shared the tips and secrets they wish they'd have known years ago.

We hope you'll take advantage of our guide to this "college town" and make the most of your time at Mizzou and in Columbia.

Laura Johnston is a news editor at the Columbia Missourian and a 1995 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.

  • News editor at the interactive copy desk and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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