Year One Newsletter

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Year One Newsletter arrives to your inbox regularly during your first year to help you navigate being New to UB.

On this page:

First-Year Five

Five weekly tips about life at UB for new first-year students.

Advice from Current Students

Current students tackle one topic in each newsletter about adjusting to life at UB.

Build Connections

Building connections with other UB students will take your proactive and continued effort. This section highlights our strategies for how to find a friend when you're New to UB.

  • Strike up a conversation with someone in class. Turning to a neighbor to say hello is a little trickier in an online class, so message through Zoom chat to share your contact information or email one person through UBLearns (select the course > tools > send email > select users). You can also find a study buddy on the Navigate App.
  • Message one person individually to introduce yourself and ask if they'd like to meet (virtually or in-person) to explore campus or grab a bite. Use a Group Me, Snapchat group, or Facebook group with other new students. We recommend using one of the newer groups you joined during Welcome Weekend for a more recent connection!
  • Review UBLinked events and select one event to participate in this week. Log in to UBLinked see all upcoming events. Pick a different event or activity (in-person or online) to attend each week to cast a wide net. 
  • Utilize a peer resource. Connect with your Resident Advisor (RA), Teaching Assistant (TA), or reach back out to your Orientation Leader (OL) to ask for their advice or recommendations. Chatting with someone who knows you can allow for a more personalized conversation and brainstorm. 
  • Use private chat on Zoom, social media, or the Navigate app to reach out to some of your classmates and see if anyone is looking for a study buddy. You can make plans to do homework together over Zoom or in a safe and socially-distanced get together! It’s always helpful to have someone to ask questions or figure out a problem together.
  • Message a group (club or organization) on UBLinked. Use the "search" feature on UBLinked to find groups that match your interests. Connect with a group that interests you by emailing the contact listed or select and "join" the organization on UBLinked to be added to their email list. Many organizations also use social media; look for their page on Instagram to supplement UBLinked. 
  • Strike up a conversation with someone while you're on campus. Say hello and introduce yourself while you're waiting in line to pick up food, waiting at a print kiosk, or passing by someone in a hallway or outside.  Keep your mask on and stay socially distanced as you engage with new friends.
  • Spend an afternoon outside. Take your homework, a book, or some type of outdoor activity (do you have a speaker and a solid playlist?) and get outside. Try to interact with someone and make conversation about your surroundings, your playlist or the nearby geese. 
  • Put yourself out there. Take your homework, a book, or some type of activity (maybe a puzzle or board game?) and hang out in a lounge or open area on campus. Try to interact with someone and make conversation about your school work or invite them to join your activity.
  • Message a classmate with a question. Classes are well under way and you’re into the mid-semester thick of it (projects, tests, and homework!). A low-stakes way to reach out to a classmate is with a question about an upcoming assignment or clarification about a concept covered in class. Use email (find classmate email through UBLearns) or message in a live class (through Zoom chat).  

It is different, a little weird, and definitely possible to build connections. Know that you don’t need to have your entire social scene figured out in the first month. 

Put yourself out there and take a risk, and be open-minded if others do the same.

Need Help?

Helping new students transition to life at UB:

University at Buffalo
112 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6125