Since there is only more than half a month before the new term begins, many prospective college students have already began to contact their new classmates through the Internet in preparation for their forthcoming college life.
Searching future classmates through internet tools
"Please send your new telephone numbers to ××× before August 27, we need them to set up the party. (Optional)” This is a notice from the bulletin board of the “2010 Freshmen QQ Group of Beijing Institute of Technology.” This QQ group was established by a student from Heilongjiang at the end of July. The group attracted 444 people in less than 20 days, and each student’s nickname contains information about the province they come from and the major they were admitted to.
Reporter searched “2010 + freshman” on the Internet and the results contained more than 2,000 QQ groups. Most groups were established in July and mostly for the prospective college students, as well as some groups for prospective graduate students. Some colleges even have several QQ groups. For example, besides a QQ group for 2010 freshmen, the Peking University Health Science Center also has QQ groups for students of different majors, such as a QQ group for the college of pharmacy and a QQ group for clinical medicine. www.renren.com, a social-networking site popular among college students, even opened a “special login channel for 2010 freshmen” on its homepage. Students can search their future classmates and seniors after logging on to the website.
College life becomes a hot topic
Questions that these prospective college students will face in their forthcoming college life such as, “Will joining a student society affect study?” “Are there any clean and cheap restaurants around the college?” “When shall we begin preparing for entrance exams to postgraduate schools?” often aroused great debate among group members in the “2010 Freshmen QQ Group of Beijing Institute of Technology.”
Someone had already prepared basic information for the freshmen. For example, Pu Tianlei, a shipping major student who started studying at the Beijing Institute of Technology in 2009, wrote an article titled “2010 Strategies for Would-be Students of Beijing Institute of Technology” and posted it into the “group sharing” section. The article contains tips and details on “Preparation before leaving home” to “Everything about the Liangxiang University Town,” and Pu even added “Tips on How to Better Rest and Refresh Yourself during the Military Training” at the end of the article. In addition, information such as “Analysis on the various departments of the students’ union” was also shared among the prospective college students. According to sources, on social-networking websites such as www.renren.com, prospective college students were mainly concerned with three types of information. The first type is information on studying such as how to do well on the English test for freshmen. The second type is information on life such as how to use the campus card and which dining hall is better, and the third type is “finding people,” which means searching for future classmates and alumni.
Getting to know classmates in advance helps relieve emotional tension
Xiao Han, a student majoring in material science, visits the group almost every day after he joined the freshmen QQ group of the University of Science and Technology in Beijing. “Although I have never met them, I have already contacted several classmates in my major. We chat, play online games together every day, and also made plans to have meals and sing karaoke together after the new term begins,” Xiao Han said. He believes by getting to know these classmates in advance, he will not be lonely in his forthcoming college life.
Xiao Zhang, who will be admitted into the Institute of Literature and Law at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing in 2010, became acquainted with several senior students in advance through the Internet, of whom, one student answered his questions on many aspects such as changing majors. Xiao Zhang believes it is more credible to get information from people who have experience and experts said that prospective college students contacting classmates or alumni in advance allow them to melt into the college life easily, and will also release the emotional tension caused by unfamiliar environments.