So, you are preparing for your first day of the new semester
and you want it to go as smooth as possible. We're here to help. If you take a
few simple steps and do a little planning you'll have no problem. Let's get
Early - If you pull onto campus 10 minutes before class starts you're off
to a bad start. Parking on a college campus is never easy. Give yourself at
least 20 minutes. Remember, you're not going to have Rock Star parking next to
your class. Be sure to review the parking map and have a
contingency plan if the lot that is your first choice is full. Student Lots are
Lot 1, Lot 7, Lot 8, Lot 10 and Lot 6. You'll eventually need to buy a parking permit but campus
security will not issue tickets the first week of school.
Where You Are Going - Because you planned ahead, you have a great parking
spot. But how do you get to your classes? Luckily, the Cañada campus is not
that big. Review the campus
map and your schedule of classes. Buildings at Cañada are numbered and each
room in the building has its own number. On your schedule the class location
will look like this - 3-113. The first number (3) is the building number and
the second number (113) is the classroom within the building. If you can't find
a class, ask one of the Campus Ambassadors.
You can find them in the Information Booths on the quad or at the entrance to
the Library off Parking Lot 1. You can also find help at the Welcome Center on
the first floor of Building 9.
Know Building 9 - All essential student services are located in this
three-story building. On the first floor you'll find Admissions/Records,
Counseling, Financial Aid, Student Activities, Public Safety/Parking,
EOPS/CARE/CalWorks, and more. The Learning Center is on the second floor. Here
you can use the computers, work with academic tutors, and study in groups. The
Library is located on the top floor. Make a point to visit this building on
your first day of class.
The Bookstore - It's
college, so you're going to need books. Because you are a college student,
you'll also need a soda, bag of chips and candy bar. You can get them all at
the bookstore. It's located across from the Main Theater and Gymnasium. The
first couple of weeks, the lines are long because everyone is buying books. If
you can go in the mid-afternoon, the lines are shorter.
Espresso - Ok, it's not essential to know where the coffee shop is located,
but you never know when you'll need a cup. The coffee kiosk is located in the
Upper Quad near the entrance of Building 13. It's a favorite hangout for
students and if you stand around long enough you'll probably find somebody you
The Grove – This is the
new Student Center at Cañada. It’s a great place to meet friends, study, and
grab a bite to eat.
Campus - If you want to smoke you'll have to do it in designated parking
lots because Cañada is a smoke-free
campus. Feel free to light up in Lots 1, 7, 6, 8, 10 & 5.
Class - This seems like a no-brainer, right? Well, every semester, there
are students that don't show up for class. Because classes are crowded, if you
don't show up, you could be dropped from the class. If you are on a wait list
to get into a full class, it's even more important to show up on the first day
to talk to the professor and see if you can add the class.
Hopefully this guide can help you survive your
first day of the new semester. Remember, if you have any questions ask
somebody. You'll be surprised at how helpful the staff, faculty and your fellow