FroshMemo Issue 32 Fall '21

Hello Gators and welcome to the first edition of our NSFP FroshMemo for the Fall 2021 semester!

We are excited to bring you new content where you can access great information regarding various resources and events that can help you through your transition into the Fall semester. This article will feature the fundamental tools you need to start this semester strong and engaged in the SFSU community. You can utilize various features including Ask-Alli, and Gator Spotlight to get featured and get your questions asked. As always Gators, know that you have many resources, and faculty available to support you! Get involved! Get engaged! Go Gators!

 

Learn how to get connected with different events and organizations on campus!

Gators, you may be wondering how I can get involved? Here at SFSU there are so many opportunities to get involved whether it be through attending events, joining organizations, and reaching out to different people on campus! 

 

One of the best ways to get involved is through exploring GatorXperience! Here is where you can find a plethora of organizations as well as their contact information! I have used GatorXperience many times myself whether it be to explore events I can attend or to reach out to organizations I am interested in. There are many different ways to get involved through this and events going on online and on campus can be found here! They have been such a great tool for us Gators to use and I highly encourage you to check it out.

 

Ongoing now, and a fantastic way to get involved, is GatorFest! This is a multitude of events where one can socialize, play games, win items, and get involved. These can also be found on GatorXperience. I personally enjoy spending time at these events as they are where I made my very first friends & initially got involved! Lastly, the events are very thoughtfully crafted for students to enjoy so I highly recommend attending.

 

Public transport can be hard to manage! Luckily this guide has all the tips for you to commute

Your SFSU OneCard, in addition to serving as your student ID, also functions as a Clipper Card. During the semester, all Muni rides are free, and rides to and from Daly City BART are half-price

Many buses and trains will be described as "Inbound" or "Outbound". This is a quick glossary to define both

Inbound-North or East, on the right side of the road when you are facing north. Street name is the north end of the line. Generally heading deeper into Downtown SF

Outbound-South or West, on the left side of the road when you are facing north. Street name is the south end of the line. Generally headed towards the edges of the city

28-19th Avenue/Inbound to North Point + Van Ness/Outbound to Daly City BART: Stops on 19th Ave and Holloway, in front of the South part of campus → Travels from Daly City BART up 19th avenue, and through Golden Gate Park → Continues through Richmond Dist. on Park Presidio, and loops through the Presidio and ends on Lombard Street near Russian Hill

28R-Inbound to California + Sixth Avenue/Outbound to Balboa Park: Abbreviated route from the 28 with less frequent stops → Also stops at 19th and Holloway → Begins at Balboa Park Muni/BART, also travels 19th Ave, Golden Gate Park, and Park Presidio → Stops on California St in the Richmond, just south of the Presidio

29-Inbound to Baker Beach/Outbound to Paul + Third St: Travels from Vistacion Valley through Outer Mission and Ingleside, stoping at 19th and Holloway → Continues by Stonestown, up on Sunset Blvd, through Golden Gate Park, with the last leg in Outer Richmond on 25th Ave → Terminates near Baker Beach in the Sea Cliff area

57-Inbound to West Portal Station/Outbound to Lakeshore Plaza: Travels along Font Blvd where ParkMerced meets campus → Goes through Stonestown and ends at West Portal train station → Begins at Lakeshore Plaza, travels the West side of Lake Merced, stopping at Daly City BART before looping north again

SF MuniMobile App: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/muni/fares/munimobile

How to Use Muni: https://www.sftravel.com/article/transportation-basics-how-use-muni

 

What’s the 411 About the 415?

 

HELLO Alli, 

 

I’m looking for tips & tricks on how to start my semester off strong? How do I organize my assignments as well as I organize my spice rack? 

 

Your Fellow Gator

Linus C. Starbucks

 

Heyo Linus,

 

We got you covered! When starting the semester it often can be challenging to figure out the best place to start to be on top of everything. Here are some helpful tips & tricks to help you navigate your time at SFSU!

 

  • As school commences, students should become more familiar with their Ilearn page. Students can access their syllabi, assignments, and zoom information through their Ilearn. This is the main hub to get acquainted with all you need to know about your classes.
  • Have a place where you can write down the work you need to do. Utilize a physical, planner, your calendar, or your notes to write down any important dates & deadlines you have for assignments and exams. 
  • Ask Questions! As you start your classes, don’t be afraid to ask your professors any questions you have. Asking about confusion can save students from misunderstanding course expectations. 
  • Drink lots of water! Zoom fatigue is a real thing. With all of your courses and hard work make sure to stay on top of your basic needs.

 

Hope this helps!

 

See ya later, Gator!

 

XOXO,

Alli

 

P.S. Do YOU have questions without answers? Ask Alli by filling out this form!

 

To access courses in iLearn, navigate to https://ilearn.sfsu.edu and click on the Click to log in button.

You will be taken to the campus login page where you can log in using your SF State credentials like you do for campus email and other services.

Classes are listed in the My Courses block on the left side of the page.

 

Important Dates & Deadlines!

We highly recommend students bookmark or calendar these dates on their phones or computer calendars.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Fall ‘21 First Day of Instruction

Fall ‘21 Adding Classes with Permission Numbers Begins

Monday, September 6, 2021

Fall ‘21 Labor Day; No Classes; Office Closed

Monday, September 13, 2021

Fall ‘21  Adding Classes with Permission Numbers Ends

Fall ‘21 Audit Deadline

Fall ‘21 Last Day to Drop/Withdraw Classes without a W grade

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Fall ‘21 Withdrawal from Classes or University for Serious and Compelling Reasons Begins

Monday, September 20, 2021

Fall ‘21 CENSUS

Monday, October 18, 2021

Fall ‘ 21 Credit/NoCredit Option Deadline

 

 

Featured Events!

As the semester kicks off check out all of these great events! Find more updated events through SFSU's GatorXperience!

New to SF State! Don't know where you are going? Trying to find a class? Where is the nearest coffee shop? Maps and Munchies is here to assist you in finding your way around the SF State Campus. We will be located at strategic positions around campus entry ways, to assist you in finding your destination. But wait!! you said munchies! Ahh yes, I did! We will be providing snacks for that long journey to your class. 

 

Location: Health, Promotion & Wellness Dept, West Campus Green, Library

 

 

Come out and visit with SF State's amazing Student Organizations. Learn about groups that may interest you!

Location: Quad

 

Project Connect will host an informational session to walk students through our book loan application. Students will have a chance to ask questions about the book loan process.

New to SF State! Don't know where you are going? Trying to find a class? Where is the nearest coffee shop? Maps and Munchies is here to assist you in finding your way around the SF State Campus. We will be located at strategic positions around campus entry ways, to assist you in finding your destination.

But wait!! you said munchies! Ahh yes, I did! We will be providing snacks for that long journey to your class. 

 

Location: Health, Promotion & Wellness Dept, West Campus Green, Library

Come out and visit with SF State's amazing Student Organizations. Learn about groups that may interest you! 

 

Location: Quad & Online

You asked for tabling! Here is one of the many tabling opportunists at SF state this Fall. Virtual Tabling will take place online at GatorXperience!

 

Location: Online

 

Check GatorXperience for the updated link!

Ever wanted to climb out of wood tier in your favorite game but haven’t found a direction yet? The Gaming Gators has many high-ranked players that represent us in the collegiate gaming sphere, and will be able to help you improve while also having fun playing the games you enjoy!

 

Location: Online

On Thursday the 26th, The Gaming Gators will be hosting an Among Us Game Night! Come to our discord at 5pm with your Among Us game open on your PC, Phone, or Switch console and be ready to play with the other Gators!

 

Location: Online

Classes taught by students, for students, for credit! Find out how you can earn upper division units by taking an ExCo class (or teaching one yourself)! Talk to some of our teachers at tabling, and check out our website at https://ueap.sfsu.edu/exco.

 

Location: Online

We'll be having our first Comic Arts Club meeting for the fall semester on Friday, August 27 from 12-1 PM. Join us to learn more about our club, what we do, open officer positions, plans for the semester, and much more! We hope to see you there!

On Saturday August 21st and 28th, Join us in the Cesar Chavez Student Center (Specific location TBA) at 2pm for some casual party games like Jackbox, Gartic Phone and Skribblio with fellow students on campus! Make sure you have a phone with an internet connection in Cesar Chavez to be able to play, and we’ll see you there!

 

Location: Cesar Chavez

Stop by Cafe 101 on campus for a coffee/tea from your SF Hillel community. We'll be hanging in Cafe 101 from 11 AM - 1 PM and can't wait to meet you!

 

Location: Cafe 101

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Spotlight Gator! Luis Poncio

Luis Poncio (he/him/his)

Class Standing: Sophomore

From: I am from LA, but I recently moved to the Bay Area 

Major: Computer Engineering

Why did you choose SFSU?: I needed something different. I needed to get out of my comfort zone, even if I did not know what I was doing. The community is very different, one can actually feel accepted. 

Was SFSU your first choice and why?: SFSU was not my first choice. I wanted to attend CSU Long Beach, because that was the college closer to me, but eventually I got rejected and I took it as a sign of adventure, that I had to move out and experience a different environment, and let me say, I am really glad I took SFSU as my college, I've grown so much since my first day of classes, I got a job, met great people, I feel accepted here at SFSU and the community is very lovely. 

What has been your biggest roadblock?: Having to multitask. I was the one cooking, cleaning, doing chores, etc, and all of that while doing my classes online for my freshman year. It took me 1 semester to accommodate to classes and to create a schedule to have everything done, even homework. In the end what helped me was talking to friends, and not stress about my situation since I am not the only one.

What is your dream job?  I want to become a computer hardware developer, or anything that falls in the technological world. I really love technology. If I had to learn a new software or terms or equation, I would take my time to get myself acquainted with the process. 

Other notes: Over my second semester as a freshman and summer I met many awesome, amazing, lovely , wonderful people at NSFP. All of those individuals are not just the first ones I actually had a conversation with in college, also all of them are my first friends at college, and I am glad I took the initiative to apply to become an Orientation Leader, and now I can move on to the next position. I encourage all of SFSU student to look into the Orientation Leader position application, it may be the experience that you are looking for.

 

Interested in Being Featured?

You can be featured in our memos! Utilize our platform to get connected with others, advertise for your organization, and tell your SF State story! 

If you are interested, feel free to fill out this form, and we will reach out to you with more information.

 

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SFSU Resource of the Week!

The main hub for your assignments, exams, and Gator coursework!

The Ilearn page is SFSU’s main hub where Gators can access anything they need for their enrolled courses. As your courses open up, explore Ilearn for your syllabi, your class Zoom Link, and to map out any important dates and deadlines that you need to be aware of. Your syllabi will highlight your professor’s expectations and what you need to know for your class. You can log in through Ilearn using your SFSU single-sign-on credentials. Exploring this hub is important in order to familiarize yourself with its uses. A how-to with more information regarding iLearn can be found here: https://at.sfsu.edu/ilearn.

Need Support?

Dean-On-Call Program 

Real-time support for students and those that may be experiencing difficulties in navigating the universities environment

The Dean-On-Call Program serves as an opportunity for students to drop-in for usual or unusual questions, serve as a support or referral resource, and to help students navigate the university environment.

First-Year Experience Peer Mentors

Fellow students are here to connect you to the campus community & provide one-on-one support!

The First-Year Experience Peer Mentor program provides support available to all first-year students at SFSU! Attend the events & study circles that peer mentors hold every week to meet other first-year students & integrate into the community at SFSU. You can also get individualized support by meeting with a peer mentor.

New Student Help Desk 

Help when you need it most! Visit with New Student Programs and the Gator Mentors! 

The New Student Help Desk is open five days a week, Monday - Friday, every week! Make sure to check our website for our updated hours. A GatorMentor is always there to answer any pressing questions you may have. The Help Desk is available for reservations Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 3 pm. If you would like to make a reservation, please email your assigned Gator Mentor directly, and they will assist you in setting up a reservation. Don't have a Gator Mentor? Email us at nsp@sfsu.edu