Textbook Mania!

Hey y’all,
So there’s been a lot of different questions and opinions about the best time to buy textbooks, and where to get them from, so it might start to feel a little overwhelming. For some people it feels better to go ahead and order them now so that you’ll have them in time for the first week of classes, and for others it feels better to wait and get the textbooks during the first week of class. Hearing this might not make you feel like you’re getting great advice…

the BIG question:

Do you like to plan ahead? Do you feel stressed if you don’t plan ahead?

IF you answered yes:

Now is probably a perfect time to order textbooks. This will give you the time to deal with any delivery shenanigans that might occur, and if you end up not needing them (which has never happened to me) then you can always sell them back to the bookstore or online.

IF you answered no:

Well then it’s probably safe for you to wait the first week of school to get textbooks. But be prepared because occasionally they sell out (although professors are sometimes understanding about this).

Here’s a link to the college bookstore page where you find the books you need:


(if you want to get them cheaper it’s a good idea to use the ISBN code to find the books somewhere else, to make sure you get the right edition and have the same page numbers as the professor)

And there you have it, two ways to obtain textbooks, both valid. Unfortunately getting textbooks isn’t the most magical and exciting experience of college (hey, that does mean there’s so many great things to come!) but maybe your books will give you new perspectives or a better understanding of the world.

I hope this helps,



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Accessible Resources

Everyone needs a little help from time to time. De’Shauna, another one of our fantastic team leaders, shares the resources that have helped her and are available to help you whenever you need it!

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Campus Involvement?… Campus Involvement!

Here’s a look at one of our team leader’s experiences with campus involvement during her first year at Guilford.

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July has sprung in Campus Life

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope your weeks are all going swimmingly and that you’ve been staying hydrated and putting on sunscreen. This week we OL’s are going to start up on some videos and vlogs for this page and for the Orientation programming, which is exciting.  We’re gonna be covering a whole mess of topics from balancing your academic and social lives to roommate issues to the judicial process and everything in between. Let us know what kind of content you want to see and we’ll try and incorporate it!

Keep those posts coming on the FaceBook page, follow us on Twitter, and have a very happy rest of your summer.

Best wishes and Quaker hands,


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Some of the Orientation Leaders’ Favorite Spaces & Memories in the Hege Library!


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Byron: My favorite place in the Library is sitting in the Second Floor and watching the sunset while studying for finals!







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Anna: My favorite memory of the library was during my first semester of freshman year and I was in Rod Spellman’s HP class. I was struggling finding material for a research paper and met with him after class for help. I expected to talk with him for 5-10 minutes and get some advice, but he actually walked over to the library with me and spent 45 minutes going through the stacks with me until I felt comfortable moving on with my project on my own.

I use the online library more than I use the actual physical library–the resources there are super helpful. Also I use the library to meet for group projects a lot.





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Julia: Fave spot in the in the lib is the second floor cubicles on the left side, right beside the window. The perfect serene spot for writing papers. Also the learning commons open office hours during finals are life savers. They can look over my final papers one last time before I turn them in!



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Yashua: One of my favorite spaces in the library is the open creative suite area where most of the bean bags are and the tall chairs and tables. This is my favorite because it allows me to see my surroundings while I am working. I work better in a space that is open rather than trapped in and closed. An open environment is best for me. I feel like it allows my brain/thoughts to branch out and focus better.




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Emma: My favorite spot in the library is the learning center area upstairs, because at night it is often empty so I can go with a study group… I can also write on the white board tables which is helpful for outlining papers.





Taryn: My favorite spot in the library is the Hub. I can work there either with other people or if it’s not a busy day, alone and get a ton of work done. There aren’t any distractions, the seats are comfortable and there are plenty of outlets and near perfect wifi. Also the Hub is closed off and your back is to the main area so people moving around can’t distract you either.

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Jamie: My favorite experience in the Library was during finals. That’s when I knew that the library actually helps me get work done






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Clare: I love sitting anywhere by a window, and my favorite memories are from studying and hanging out with friends in the Greenleaf space at the end of the year. Having a quiet place designated for studying has helped me when I really needed to focus on schoolwork.







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Sarah: My favorite memory in the library is study hall with my team. The quiet study spaces allowed me to get the work I needed to finish done with my teammates as a support system!




And there you have it! The library is a great place to study, get homework done, and spend time with friends while grabbing a cup of coffee from the Greenleaf, our lovely coffee co-op. Although it can take some time, eventually everyone finds their favorite spot in the library. Are you excited to find yours?

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Happy Monday

Since it’s Monday and I like to post gifs, here’s a list of 10 things to expect from your orientation experience.

1. We’re excited to meet you, you’re exciting. Get excited to see all of us OL’s and RA’s like:


2. You’re probably going to get lost your first day or so here. Someone is bound to help you while you’re sitting in the quad like this:

3. You’re going to have to participate in Ice Breakers and us OL’s will be all

and at first you’ll be like

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but then you’ll end up like

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4. You’ll meet your room mate, which might go a little like this:

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or maybe more like this:

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5. You’ll end up meeting some really cool people and becoming fast friends

6. Waking up early is going to feel a little like this

7. And meeting your professors for the first time may be a tad bit intimidating

Until you realize how friendly and cool everyone is

8. You’ll roll up to the Hall Olympics with your hall-mates like

9. You might have some emotional ups and downs

10. And you’ll end up having the time of your life while you settle in here at Guilford!

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Can’t wait to see you all soon. Keep posting to the FaceBook page and let us know what you want to see this Orientation! Don’t forget to put on sunscreen and stay hydrated folks.

Best wishes and Quaker Hands!


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Getting Involved

In college it is important that you feel a part of the campus and community. As a freshman it is common to feel as though you are small and you don’t really have a place in the community. When I was a freshman I contemplated leaving plenty of times because I was so bored with this campus. I had a lot of friends here (that I met during orientation) but I somehow still felt alone. It was not until I met and formed a relationship with two awesome faculty members (Tammy Alt & Steve Moran) that I was convinced Guilford was the place for me. The two of them encouraged me to do something that I, in return encourage each and every college student I meet to also do: GET INVOLVED !
Getting involved is one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences of college. Getting involved can take many forms: Planning and attending campus events, joining student organizations and attending trainings.The benefits for getting involved can be but are not limited to, ending unnecessary boredom, making new friends, making a difference in the community, exploring new concepts, gaining or improving professional and leadership skills, networking, reducing stress and most importantly having fun. Looking back, I’ve met most of my lifelong friends by attending on-campus events and joining student organizations.

Guilford has around 50 different student organizations that you can join which is a lot for a small campus. A major plus is you can be a member of all 50 organizations. But I’d suggest you join maybe 3 or 4 different clubs that spark your interest so that you can potentially be the best member a part of that particular organization! Also not being a member of specific clubs does not mean you can’t attend their events. I personally try to attend events put on by all groups that interest me in order to gain all different kinds of perspectives. All of our student organizations on campus offers students a unique experience and can be seen as a gateway to exploring your passion or literally just a chance to mingle and have fun with other students who may or may not share your interests.

Want to know how to get involved on campus? Make sure to attend the involvement fair Wednesday September 9th, held every year on the front lawn right outside of Founders Hall. I want to see you ALL there !

Signing Off, Your Favorite Orientation Team Leader, De’Shauna

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