The idea of living on campus in residence halls means a lot of different things for a lot of different people. So for those preparing to move onto campus for the first time, there may be some significant concerns, like adjusting to living on one’s own for the first time.

“I think the common concern most students have with living away from home is the general transition to college and an independent lifestyle,” said Shauna Marlowe, the general manager of Casas del Rio, one of the on-campus living options. “For most, it’s their first time truly being on their own and college means big change: the search for their identity, the academic challenges of the college classroom, fitting in and making friends.”

According to Ema Duran, who lived in Hokona Hall for two years, making sure you’re ready to live on your own is important to living on campus. She added that living on campus has certainly helped her meet new people.

Freshman year — especially the first semester — is a period of transition. Some transitions are certainly more turbulent than others, but there are ways to adapt and adjust quickly to the new academic demands of college.

Although some high school classes are structured like college courses, the relationship between instructors and students seems to shift when students start their college careers.

College professors often instruct classes of well over fifty students at a time. They lecture and teach the course material, but there simply isn’t enough time to offer plenty of individual to students.

As an institutional member of the American College Health Association, Student Health & Counseling is an on-campus service for UNM students that provides health and counseling services to all students.

SHAC provides cost effective, easily accessible care for the majority of medical issues. A SHAC doctor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner is always available to all UNM and Health Science Center students, 24 hours a day for a telephone consultation.

“SHAC is an innovative leader in college health among peer universities in providing comprehensive, high-quality services that are guided by those served,” said SHAC Executive Director James Wilterding.

Most students would agree that going away to college is one of the most exciting things to happen to them so far. Okay, maybe it isn’t going to college that is exciting, rather getting out from under your parents noses.

As August approaches and you are beginning to pack up your room of childhood memories, remember this — you do not need to bring every little thing that holds a memory; there is not enough space in your dorm room, tiny apartment or, if you’re lucky, low-rent house. Also consider the fact that you will most likely be living with at least one roommate, and if you both empty out your rooms at home, there won’t be any space to move, eat, sleep or study.

Here is a go-to packing guide that will prevent you from hauling things back to Mom’s house every weekend and help keep the sense of newfound freedom to do-what-you-want-with your-own-space from taking over.

Freshmen Issue: Original movie posters — Move in with originality

Looking for something to make your house, or dorm, a home? Then find a decoration you like, something you actually enjoy seeing for meaningful reasons — not just something that conveys some transitory trend or fading fad.

That’s the advice Louie Torrez has for folks embarking on the journey out of their childhood homes and into places of their own.

Torrez is the founding owner of Louie’s Rock-N-Reels, the poster shop located at 105 Harvard Dr SE, across Central from Main Campus.

Column: Why you should work at the Daily Lobo

Are you the kind of person who’s always telling their friends about the news? Do you want to dive into your college experience and learn about everything that’s going on around campus? Do you want to write reviews of movies, TV shows and music? Are you a Lobo sports fanatic? Do you want to hone your skills at sales, design and multimedia? Do you want to turn your photography hobby into a job?

Then you should really consider working at the Daily Lobo!

The Lobo has been the student-run independent voice of the UNM community since 1895. We’re one of the oldest daily publications in the state, and our alumni have gone on to succeed in journalism, politics and many other fields.

Freshmen Issue: Know the resources available to pay for shcool

How much is knowledge worth?

Thousands of dollars a semester slowly evolving into debt can haunt students for a large part of their lives.

The impact of this price is all-inclusive — impacting students entering college either entering as traditional college students straight out of high school or a nontraditional student looking for a career change.

In many cases, parents of those seeking a college education will often foot the bill. However, this isn’t the case for all students, and for those whose parents don’t or can’t cover the cost of a college education, there are a few options. Understanding these options can save individuals a great amount of stress now and in the future.

Freshmen Issue: Where incoming students can find coffee near UNM

For a lot of college students, beginning the day usually involves having some coffee.

For freshmen, beginning a college career might involve finding out where to get that coffee in the first place.

The Daily Lobo sat down with five local coffee shops before orientation sessions and asked them to tell us a little about how they brew business.

The following list of coffee shops is organized in order of physical distance from Main Campus.

Art exhibition showcases graduating students' work during 70th anniversary

Potential future art instructors are presenting their work at UNM’s Masley Art Gallery for their 70th annual All Graduating Art Education Student Exhibition.

Many of the art program’s graduates plan to become art instructors, possibly in the public school system, so it’s beneficial to show they’re practicing artists, said Meredith Chapman Graduate assistant for the Masley Art Gallery.

“I think people kind of misconstrue ‘if you can’t do, you teach,’ which isn’t true especially as an art instructor,” Chapman said. “I feel like a lot of them are really talented artist.”

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