The best way to learn about how to prepare for Ramdition, is to hear it from those who have experienced it. However, make sure you are open to forming your own impressions and creating a purposeful experience that is unique for you. The 15 pieces of advice and information detailed on this page only serve to give you a jump start in thinking about your Ramdition experience from a student perspective.
For me, Ramdition is a meaningful and engaging event that can prepare you for a successful first year of college and beyond. It serves as a wonderful tool for getting to know the campus and making new friends. Most importantly it is a dynamic "archway to discovery.” It is the first step in your college career to discovering that student success means more than just making good grades, but also finding meaning and purpose in the multitude of experiences in and out of the classroom.
Through the Archways ceremony, symbolizing their transition "from lambs to Rams."
Incoming freshmen, keep these tips in mind as you prepare for Ramdition this summer!
RAMDITION 15 - Making the Very Most Out of Ramdition
- Get Excited. You are about to begin a wonderful journey at one of the top HBCUs in the country, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). You should be so proud of yourself for this accomplishment. I would definitely say be excited about all of the opportunities you are going to have during your time here at WSSU. I can tell you from experience, a little enthusiasm goes a very long way. No one wants to talk to the guy or girl constantly rolling their eyes and not being inviting. If you give off positive energy, you will definitely attract others, and who knows, it might even become infectious.
- Be open to making new friends. I actually read somewhere recently that students that make friends and form relationships in college are more likely to be academically successful. Whether that is true or not, I say it doesn't hurt to stack the deck on the side of being successful. It has to be a good thing to have someone who can empathize with you, encourage you, and blow off steam with. This will hopefully put you in a better and stronger position to handle the challenges that may arise in college.
- Ask questions. You are going to learn so much at Ramdition. There is going to be a wealth of valuable information, but you are going to get so much more out of it if you come prepared to ask questions that are important and relevant to you. Questions like: "How can I see my grade?" "How can I sign up for clubs and organizations?" "Who do I talk to if I have concerns about financial aid?" "Are there opportunities to do research during my freshman year?"
- Put a little distance between you and your parents/family. This doesn’t mean to disregard them completely, of course. Your family probably plays a significant role in your life, and they will continue to do so in the future. However, Ramdition is not the time to latch on. During Ramdition there will be sessions geared towards parents/families only and students only. You will have the opportunity to begin experiencing college life without parental pressure! This is the first step to preparing you for not living under your parents’ roof. Even if you are staying with your family when you attend college, you will still want your independence. Fill your parents in on what you’re doing at Ramdition and the great time you will be having, but make sure they give you your space.
- Join in on the various festivities. It is important to make the most of your time during Ramdition. You are going to be exposed to a lot of information, but you are also going to have the opportunity to have a lot of FUN! Make sure you do just that, have FUN! Enjoy this time, because before you know it classes will have begun.
- Review and complete any pre-assignments ahead of time. I know the pre-assignments at first glance may look like work, but believe me, these assignments are valuable. You will be so much more informed when you get to campus. The Pre-Assignments will help you begin to know what you actually don't know, and what questions you might want to ask. Also, these assignments will provide you with opportunities to engage with fellow RAMS.
- Find out about available clubs and opportunities on campus. There is so much more to the college experience than just going to class. There are so many clubs and opportunities that you can get involved with. These extra activities really begin to help shape who you are or who you might want to be. Since being at WSSU I have had the chance to participate in clubs that have allowed me to interact with other students that have common interest. I also was so honored to be inducted into a Sorority this past academic year. Now I am a part of a tremendous sisterhood that goes far beyond the campus of WSSU.
- Stay organized. It is important to try to stay organized during Ramdition. You will get loads of information, and sometimes you do not realize how important things are until you need it. So come up with a system to know where important material are. Also, starting the practice of being organized during Ramdition is a skill that will be so helpful during the academic year. But do not worry, there will be legacy leaders, faculty, and staff that will help you stay directed during Ramdition if you are ever unsure.
- Take advantage of social media.If you have not already, start connecting with fellow RAMS on Twitter (https://twitter.com/WSSURAMS). You can begin making friends and connections before you even get to Ramdition. You can also begin keeping up with all of the great things going on at WSSU. For those of you that are Facebook fans you can connect there too, https://www.facebook.com/WSSU1892.
- Take notes if you need to. Don't let all of important information you get during Ramdition get lost in translation. Write down the important things so that you can remember them later.
- Be open-minded and as flexible as possible. When planning out your class schedule, things might not come out 100% as you may have hoped. This is okay — you have four years of college ahead of you, so you don’t need to rush your way through. Ramdition may bring about shocking realizations. You may learn that the major you thought you were most interested in is not the best major to get you into the career of your choice. To be honest, during your time at WSSU, your career path may change a few times. Don't worry, this is what college is all about, discovering yourself. Ramdition is the start of that process. Change can be wonderful because it allows us to grow as people and learn something new about ourselves. Keep an open mind.
- Have a sense of humor. There’s probably going to be parts of Ramdition that you might think are corny— a speaker who makes too many bad puns, faculty and staff trying to be cool, when they are not, a few dance routines sprinkled here and there — so it’s important to try and have a good time. Have fun!
- Make sure you pack the essentials. Pack what you need, but if you forget something, that's okay. We have you covered. There will someone or resources available to help you get anything you might need.
- Take pride in your WSSU early.You may not have formally begun classes or even arrived at WSSU you yet, but by being accepted to our wonderful university you have begun the journey of a proud RAM! Ramdition is going to be a wonderful experience where all of that pride will be on full display. Get ready to experience what it truly means to be a proud and mighty RAM!
- Don't forget to call home. At the end of the day, do not forget to call home and check-in with love ones. You are now transitioning into a new phase of your life, but that support at home is important. Family and friends cannot take this journey for you, but they can definitely be a vital part of it as a support.
Things to do for FUN!
1) One of the big things that students do for fun is go to the game room in DJR. It is the building dedicated to our previous chancellor Donald Julian Reaves. The game room is full of different video gaming systems as well as a pool table.
2) The second thing would definitely be kickbacks. People throw kickbacks when they are bored and want to meet new people. Kickbacks usually occur in a dorm or apartment on campus.
3) The third thing people do for fun would definitely be go to different sporting events, such as football, basketball, and baseball.
4) Most of the time, students have fun just hanging out on the yard!