1. Always bring your reg form. This will serve as your ID for the first few weeks of classes. Even though guards would allow you to enter the campus without showing this, your professors will be more than strict in seeing your registration form. Don’t make the wrong first-day impression by already having a mark beside your name.
2. Know the right places. Know where your building is, the Main building(to get your reg form if you enrolled online, to settle any problem regarding schedules and any other complaints you have), TARC(to get your sticker ID if you haven’t had yours, to have a place to hang out on, university-wide organizations rooms) and the field stage(where they usually give out PE uniforms) is.
3. Read course outlines. Professors usually give out these during the first or second course meeting. A course outline includes the schedule of major exams and the topics to be taken during the whole semester.
4. Never underestimate quizzes and attendance. Quizzes are 60% of your grades for crying out loud! Though some professors make it to a 45% or 50% but usually it’s 60. When it comes to attendance, professors’ consideration differ. Some neglect it, some would subtract .15% from your total grade, some would pass you if you never absent yourself from their class.
5. Buy a spare/cheap phone. Me and my friends have been victims of robbery just at the edge of UST. If have the need to text all the time, buy a cheap phone! Be cautious, always.
6. Rainy day? We really consider Manila to have a weather of its own. Always bring your umbrella whether forecasters say its going to be a fine day. But if you do forget to bring yours, you could always sneak one from the library. Be sure to not get caught! ;)
7. Tipid meals. You can eat at Carpark where fast food chains are but wouldn’t it be better to explore what Dapitan has to offer? Dapitan is the street north of UST. This is where you can find different tipid and student meals. Me and my blockmates used to have meals for 50 pesos every day. (Suggestions: Green Lantern, Dimsum Treats and Hapag Kainan)
8. Be active. During freshmen orientation and org fairs, you will have a variety of options when it comes to organizations. Do not miss the opportunity! Be active and be friends with higher years because you could get a lot of tips from them and even powerpoints of the lessons you’re taking. (If you’re a College of Science student, try joining Lingkod ER, College of Science Dance Troupe, Student Council Ways and Means and UST Scarlet. We might just see each other!)
9. Travel. Lovers Lane, Quadri park, Botanical Garden, Main Bldg museum, Med museum and of course the newly built Quadircentennial Pavilion. Though it would take some time to tour the whole campus, trust me, it’s worth it!
10. Never miss UST’s events. UST has a lot of ways to surprise and entertain its beloved students, UST knows exactly the definition of fun.