Are you as excited as we are for move-in day, New Student Week and the start of fall term? We know that heading off to college is a huge transition and we’re here to help you prepare for that with a 30 day countdown to move-in day. 

Over these 30 days, we’ll introduce you to WOU buildings, services, resources and more through videos and blog posts. We’ll teach you some of our slang special to campus and, hopefully, WOU will feel like home even before you get here.

We know that some of you already have college experience and are transferring to WOU, others have visited the alma maters of their families, and many of you are first-generation students who are learning many of these things for the first time. No matter your previous college experience, we hope these posts are helpful to you.

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Day 30: Get to know the Community

Move-in day is tomorrow, can you believe it? We're so excited to welcome you to campus. We've spent the last month helping you get to know WOU, but your college experience goes beyond our campus borders. Getting involved with our surrounding community and beyond will...

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Day 29: Abby’s House and the Food Pantry

Abby's House, a center for equity and gender justice, is a resource and referral center on campus to support you, your friend or family member. They can support you on topics from sexual harassment, stress and anxiety, eating disorders,, relationship violence and...

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Day 28: Campus traditions

One of the best parts of attending a university is immersing yourself in the culture that surrounds it. You can do this by participating in long-standing traditions at WOU, like the tree lighting or new student breakfast. Here’s some traditions you might want to...

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Day 26: How to Learn What’s Happening Around Campus

With all the awesome events that happen on campus, it can be easy to miss stuff. You might get an abundance of emails, or maybe there’s just too much happening around campus to keep track of it all. Here are some ways you can make sure you’re getting all the...

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Day 25: Tips for On-Campus Living from an RA

Resident advisor (RA) Leah Coyle shares some tips to make sure you have a happy year living on campus. You may be feeling some anxiety about living with a roommate. Leah has some advice to make sure you and your roommate can create a great environment. She also shares...

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Day 24: Guide to the WOU Portal

As a WOU student, you'll find that you use the WOU Portal for almost everything. This includes email, registration, turning in assignments, among many other things. Here’s a guide to some of the programs you can access through the portal.  An icon for the Portal is at...

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Day 23: Decorating your Room

When you live in a residence hall, you'll probably want to make it feel like home. One of the best ways to do that is to decorate your space. Here’s some tips to maximize the space while still showcasing your unique style.  When you first begin decorating, it might be...

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Day 22: Making Friends in College

When you first enter college, trying to make friends can be intimidating, regardless of your living situation or your placement on the introvert/extrovert spectrum. However, it doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking so here's some tips to ensure making friends in college...

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Day 21: Administration Building; What’s the Deal?

As a college student, it’s likely that you will need to visit the Lieuallen Administration Building (often called "admin" building) at some point. Whether you need to stop by financial aid, pay tuition/fees, or visit the registrar’s office to add a class or get an...

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Day 20: Finding Part-Time Jobs and Internships

Lots of students look for part-time jobs while in college to develop skills for life after college and cover expenses while in college. At WOU, our best resource to help you find a job or internship is the Service Learning and Career Development (SLCD), which is...

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Day 19: All About Campus Public Safety

Campus Public Safety offers a lot of services to help students from bicycle registration to safety escorting to car battery jump starts to self-defense classes, and much more. We've broken down our interview with two public safety officers into a few videos below so...

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Day 18: What to Expect from New Student Week

After visiting campus for SOAR, you may feel like you’ve got the lay of the campus down. You’re probably familiar with the library, the residence halls, the WUC, etc., but there might be some areas where you need a little extra help. Luckily, WOU’s got you covered!...

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Day 17: Show your School Spirit

At WOU, we like to show our school spirit a lot. You’ll see many people around campus rocking WOU gear, and you’ll hear the phrase “Go Wolves!” a whole lot. Here are some ways you can show your school spirit as a student.  Participate in WOU Wednesday Sponsored by the...

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Day 16: How to Get Involved on Campus

When you first get to college, you might feel overwhelmed by the number of organizations you can join. There are so many options for involvement, so it might be difficult to decide what is the right fit for you. Here’s how you can find out which club (or, sometimes...

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Day 15: Move-in Day Preparation

We're halfway through the 30 Days to WOU countdown! For those of you living on campus, we're sure some of you are already packed and ready to go for move-in day while others may be throwing stuff in a suitcase the morning you leave. There's no right or wrong way to...

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Day 14: Dining on Campus

One of the aspects of college life students tend to be most excited about is the dining options on campus. At WOU, we have several options for our student from a full-service cafeteria to coffee shops to food options in WUC, the student union. We want to give you an...

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Day 13: Getting Around Town

As a college student, you may not have easy access to a car, but you still want to get around town and enjoy Monmouth, Independence and beyond. Luckily, there’s many options around WOU for transportation and likely to be a great option for you.  WOLF Ride If you need...

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Day 12: WOU Words and Slang

When you get to campus, you'll quickly learn that we have our own set of vocabulary here. Whether it's building nicknames or people, here are some of the WOU words you should know. Wolfie: We are the WOU Wolves. Wolfie has been our nickname for the mascot since 1999,...

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Day 11: Major Campus Events

Part of what's so fun about attending a four-year university is getting to enjoy the big annual events that help make college life great. At Western Oregon University, we have lots of events you can look forward to this year. Here are a few of them. Homecoming One of...

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Day 10: Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center

The Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center, also called Courtney Center (though you may hear some people call it HWC), is an amazing facility. There's a rock wall, pool, cardio and weight area, indoor track, fitness classes, classrooms, and much more. It's a place...

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Day 9: LGBTQ+ Spaces and Support

WOU strives for equality and student accommodation. Among the university’s many resources are specifically queer-safe spaces, offering support and counsel to those in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. Triangle Alliance Triangle Alliance is WOU’s on-campus LGBTQ+ and...

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Day 8: Hamersly Library

Hamersly Library is one of the buildings on campus that students spend a lot of time over their years at Western Oregon University. In addition to books, there are computers to use, equipment to check out, a coffee shop, tables with whiteboard tops, study rooms, copy...

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Day 7: Saving Money on Textbooks

Textbooks can be a the stressful and unexpected expense for many in college. The textbooks you'll need for class are entirely dependent on the classes you take, so it's hard to know ahead of time exactly how much it will cost. At Western Oregon University, we work...

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Day 6: Helpful Student Services

We offer a lot of services to students, ranging from academic support to social activities. Here are a few of them that are worth getting stoked about.  WOLF Ride WOLF Ride provides free shuttle service for students who might not feel safe walking after dark or if...

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Day 5: All about WOU IDs

At SOAR, you most likely had your picture taken and received an identification (ID) card. If not, it’s important to visit the information desk in Werner University Center in order to request one. This card will include your name, picture, and student number, which all...

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Day 4: Living on Campus

Are you living on campus this year?  We've got these awesome new virtual tours of the residence halls. Take a peek at your residence hall and wander through them like you're there in person (just a few weeks until that's a reality!). When you visit the tour page,...

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Day 3: Managing Stress in College

College is stressful, there’s no doubt about it. From midterms to essay deadlines, there’s always something that needs to be done, so students’ stress levels tend to rise, especially during the latter part of a term. However, there are some easy ways to reduce your...

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Day 2: Getting Academic Support

Are you worried about how hard classes might be? You're not alone. That's one of the most stressful parts of heading to college. Sometimes classes can be tough and you need a bit of extra support. If you're feeling overwhelmed in a class, aren't sure how to start that...

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Thank you to WOU students Kranti Budhathoki (also on the PLUS Team!) and Erin Worley for helping put together this countdown to help incoming Wolves!