8 Ways to Enrich Your College Life at Binghamton

Posted by Daiki Yoshioka on July 31, 2019

Are you excited about starting your college life at Binghamton? As an international transfer student from Japan, I was pumped to come here! However, over the years I have come across many great resources, and learned many things about Binghamton, that I wish I’d known about beforehand. Here are a few things to expect when you come to Binghamton so you get started on the right foot!

1. Take advantage of campus resources

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Binghamton has ample resources to help you stay healthy and productive. Feeling sick? Go to the Decker Student Health Services Center. Anxious? Talk to a counselor at the University Counseling Center. Struggling academically? University Tutorial Services is equipped with tutoring services for a wide range of subjects. You can also utilize the Writing Center to polish your paper and the Speaking Center to improve your public speaking skills. These resources are free for all students. 

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2. Explore the arts and entertainment scene

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You will find a lot of entertaining and enriching things to do on and off campus! Concerts and performances are held regularly at the Anderson Center, and various exhibitions take place at the Art Museum throughout the year. You can also catch all kinds of sporting events at the Events Center. The off-campus community is also vibrant. There is the world-renowned projection art festival, LUMA, held every September downtown. If you like art, you can join the First Friday Art Walk. Binghamton also boasts an ice hockey team (Binghamton Devils) and a baseball team (Rumble Ponies). 

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  • Check out B-LINE and B-engaged for on-campus events
  • Sign up at BingPop to get updated information on off-campus events
  • Keep an eye out for the OCC Events email

3. Find great study spots

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It’s worth having two to three go-to study spots. Bartle Library is a popular. location, but I personally recommend the quiet studying area on the third and fourth floors. There are also many great study spots outside Bartle. You can reserve group studying rooms. The Science Library also has some study spaces. The Downtown Center has individual study rooms that are usually vacant. The Alumni Center has a cool spot where students can study and charge their laptops. 

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4. Mark your calendar

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There are over 450 student clubs and organizations at Binghamton, something for every interest! You’ll see a lot of different events held year-round, from Sorority Rush to recruitment fairs to game nights, and so much more. Clubs and student organizations also hold General Interest Meetings (GIMs) where they recruit new members. I managed my schedule poorly and missed many of these opportunities, so don’t forget to utilize your calendar! Google Calendar is my favorite because you can create events and invite friends. 

Tips:

  • Check B-Engaged for events, including General Interest Meetings
  • Use Google Calendar and manage events you want to attend

5. Take advantage of student discounts

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One of the exciting perks of being in college are student discounts. I really didn’t pay much attention to them until my junior year, and I regretted it after calculating how much money I could have saved. If you want to learn new skills, try Adobe student discounts; you could save a whopping 60 percent. Amazon Prime also has student memberships. I’d also recommend using UNiDAYS, a website and mobile app that compiles student discounts. Take advantage of these discounts while you can! 

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6. Prepare for the weather

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During my first fall in Binghamton, I was surprised by the rapid changes in weather. The warm weather suddenly transitioned to chilly weather. You may think only bringing winter clothing is the best bet, but the campus can be quite warm; I usually take off layers of clothing once I get into a building. Make sure to bring a variety of clothing, and get ready for the autumn-winter transition! 

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7. Know where your classes are held

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You’ll probably miss classes if you don’t pay attention to their room numbers. This campus is huge. Some classes aren’t even held on the main campus! You really need to watch out for room numbers. Some buildings, including the Fine Arts Building, are very complicated to navigate. Some buildings are on the outskirts of campus. If you don't want to sprint in a frenzy on the first week of classes, as I did, you should really look up classrooms beforehand! 

Tips:

  • Download B-Mobi, Binghamton’s official mobile app
  • Check out the Campus Map and visit classrooms before classes start

8. Expect a parking lot competition

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If you plan to bring your car in your sophomore year, be prepared for a parking-lot competition. Some lots fill up quickly. The huge lots at the Events Center are mostly vacant, but these are a decent walk from the spine, the main campus loop. If you want to get a good spot, expect to come to school early. Your safest bet is to rely on OCCT (Off Campus College Transport), the student-run bus company. You can even track a bus’ real-time location using a mobile app (Apple, Google Play) and website. It's also free for students! 

Tips:

  • Read more about parking
  • Down the apps, track buses, and commute smoothly once you live off campus

Welcome to Binghamton University! I hope these tips help you to enrich your college life. 

Daiki is an international student from Japan studying comparative literature and philosophy. He is interning with the Binghamton University Office of Media and Public Relations. During his free time, he likes painting and thinking about food. 

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