Your first semester usually begins with General Education courses.
General Education (GE) courses are a good way to explore the range of academic programs on campus as well as develop skills in writing, researching and critical inquiry. For those of you in majors with very structured curricula (engineering, many of the natural sciences, art), your schedule will also include your major's required introductory or foundation courses.
Consider joining a FIG.
First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), linked courses just for first year students, explore a topic, get you started in your major, and are a good way to get to know other students better. (Register in my.newpaltz.edu.)
Did you earn college credit while in high school?
Get to know your adviser.
A few weeks into the semester, you will be assigned an academic adviser. Meet with your adviser early, specifically to seek help if you have questions or concerns about a course or an issue affecting your academic performance.
The college has over 120 student organizations, as well as lectures, plays, musical performances and art exhibits available on a regular basis. You might also want to consider undertaking a community service project, such as those offered through the college's AmeriCorps program. In short, take advantage of all New Paltz has to offer you!