Neumont College of Computer Science's Freshman Orientation for the Class of 2020 is almost here! And we can't wait to welcome the newest cohort of students to our campus in Salt Lake City. Before you board that airplane, we have some advice for how to make the most of your first week or Week Zero at Neumont. During Week Zero, you'll take Freshman Seminar a course packed with tech-focused activities to help you get acclimated to Salt Lake City, Neumont, and learning technology.
1. Make new friends
Housing Move-in Day and Orientation Kickoff are two great opportunities to start making new friends. Your college experience will be greatly influenced by who you choose to surround yourself with, so start finding your favorite people now. Everyone here shares your interest in technology, you already have something to talk about, so don't be afraid to start a conversation.
2. Pack the important stuff
You're embarking on a new adventure, make sure to be prepared. We strongly encourage students to bring the following items:
- Laptop Bag
- Raspberry Pi
- Wireless mouse
- External hard drive
- HDMI cable
- Pens or pencils
- Bedding for a standard twin bed
- Heavy coat
- Winter boots
A more complete packing list can be found on the Accepted Student Portal in the Residence Life section. Additionally, you should have received your housing assignment with exact move-in time and location via email and mail. Please plan to arrive on time as this will help ensure everyone has a positive move in experience. If you haven't received your housing assignment yet, please contact your Admissions Officer at 888-638-6668 right away.
As a reminder, if some items you are bringing are too large to bring with you, you may have them shipped to campus prior to your arrival. Please contact Residence Life Coordinator Emily Renda at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Neumont's student housing apartment buildings are located near grocery stores and big box retailers, so you may purchase other items when you arrive.
3. Try out public transportation
As a Neumont student, you will receive a UTA Student Pass. This will allow you to use Salt Lake City's light rail (TRAX) and bus system. This network connects each of Neumont's housing facilities in addition to connecting downtown to the airport and surrounding suburbs. You can even take a ski bus to some of the local resorts during the winter season. For more information about Utah's public transit system including maps and schedules, please visit www.rideuta.com.
4. Attend Orientation Kickoff
On the morning of Saturday, September 23, you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) are encouraged to attend a brief presentation on Neumont, Salt Lake City, and more. During this event, you will receive your new Dell laptop in addition to your books, course schedule, and laptop bag (if you haven't already picked it up).
This event coincides with Housing Orientation which all students living in Neumont housing must attend at 2 p.m. on campus at 143 South Main Street.
For a more detailed agenda of this event, check out the Program Guide.
5. Be ready to learn
They say attitude is everything, and while it probably isn't everything, it can make a difference in your experience. You may not have experience coding; you may have been coding your whole life. Either way, you're likely to learn something new during Week Zero either about tech, yourself, or your new home. The more comfortable you are with learning new things, the more you'll succeed. So why not give it a try and check out this Java course from Codecademy?
We can't wait to see you there! If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact your Admissions Officer at email@example.com or 888-638-6668.