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A great part of what appeals to many college freshmen who go off to college is their new-found freedom. From the moment your parents drive off after moving you into your dorm room to that sticky summer day when they applaud as you receive your diploma, the campus is yours to explore and engage. So, what to do now that it’s all up to you? Where should you hang out? Where is best to eat? Which are the best places to study? We put together answers to all these questions after talking to a group of upperclassmen.

When the weather is decent, you’ll find a lot of students hanging out on the Green…that strip of grass right off of Main Street, both in front of and behind Memorial Hall. Most University buildings can be found along its edges. Sun bathing, frisbee, soccer, and reading are all popular activities for a warm day in the sun. Another popular hangout is located in Perkins Student Center in East Campus. On many Saturdays in the Fall you’ll find UD students cheering on the football team at Delaware Stadium. Bring your student id for free entrance. There’s a free shuttle if you don’t want to make the long trek.

You were likely required to purchase a meal plan to accompany your housing plan. A bit of advice- take advantage of your meal plan! You had to get it, so don’t let it go to waste.  You can find some great stuff at the dining halls. At Pencader, on north campus, they offer premium dinners once a week. Rodney Dining Hall located South Green & East Campus is the biggest and newest dining hall, and has a lot of options. These meals are prepared by professional chefs and can be paid for with flex, points, or cash. Look on the UD dining website for exact dates and menus. When you want a break from cafeteria food, hit Main Street. You’ll find Mexican, Asian, and everything in between.

Where’s a good place to study? If you like a bit of background noise while you work then head to Trabant. Here you’ll find plenty of tables and plenty of students, studying individually or working on group projects together.  Trabant also has a few restaurants, like Chick-fil-a and Quiznos, so you can eat while you work. If you need a quiet space, then Morris Library is your ideal spot. With four floors, there’s always an available desk. If it’s hard to focus, seclude yourself behind endless rows of bookshelves in a far off corner, where you’re sure not to be interrupted. For some of you, coffee is a must. Central Perk, Brew HaHa!, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are popular refuges for all the caffeine junkies of Newark.  Central Perk and Brew HaHa! Are crowded during the day and Dunkin Donuts, open twenty-four hours, thrives at night.

So now that you’ve got the upperclassmen scoop, it’s time to get out there and make the most of what’s available. Before you know it, it will be your turn to return the favor and give your own advice to all the new incoming freshman.

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