The Bear Necessities: Advice from students

Frankie on Commuting

When I first started commuting my Sophomore year here at BSU, I had a few worries on my mind. I was concerned that I wouldn’t have any opportunities to meet new friends, and I was concerned that I wouldn’t keep in contact with my old ones. I had been told so many times that the only way to get the college experience is to live on campus, but that’s completely wrong. Your college experience is whatever you decide it’s going to be, and I decided that being a commuter student was the best option for me.

Being a commuter student gives you a certain sense of freedom on campus. You can come and go as you please, and you have the option of having a car on campus, a luxury you wouldn’t have as a resident. When you’re on campus, there is always somewhere to go or something to do, whether it’s connecting with other students in the commuter lounge, eating at Bear’s Den or joining any of the clubs and organizations we have to offer. Personally I’ve been involved with Program Committee, WBIM Radio Station, intramural sports and I’ve held jobs as an Orientation Leader and the Student Marketing coordinator in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.

At the end of the day when I need time to relax from classes, work and involvements, it’s always an amazing feeling to return to my own bed, not to mention a home cooked meal never hurts. Commuting has definitely given me a sense of responsibility as a college student as well as pushed me to get as involved on campus as I could. I’ve met some of my best friends as a commuter student, and I wouldn’t change my college experience for anything.

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone!

Meet your SOC’s

Welcome to Bridgewater State University’s Off2Bsu Blog! If you’re reading this, congratulations on embarking on one of your greatest experiences: College life. Here at Bridgewater, we take great pride in our students, faculty, and our first year orientation program! As a great way to introduce our blog series on Bridgewater and orientation we’re going to introduce our Student Orientation Coordinators! These two students are working to make sure your orientation experience unforgettable!

Meet Jen Haugen


Hey everyone! My name is Jen and I am one of the Student Orientation Coordinators for the 2014 Orientation program. I am a Junior majoring in Sociology and Special Education. I am a member of a sorority on campus in which I hold a coordinator position. I have been a part of the Residential Learning Communities, been a mentor for the ICE program and other various jobs on campus. Most recently, I studied abroad in Thailand over winter break! I was an Orientation Leader last summer and I am so excited  to meet the class of 2018! Welcome to Bridgewater State University!


Meet Kris Tangen

Hi! My name is Kris Tangen and I’ll be posting these blogs throughout the year as we welcome new students, transfer students, and parents alike. I am one half of the Student Orientation Coordinator team (SOC) and I’m delighted to meet all of you out there. I am currently in my fourth year here at Bridgewater State and I’ve been working with the summer and winter programs for orientation for three years. I’ve truly enjoyed my time here at BSU and have gotten involved in so many ways. I’m involved in intramurals, special olympics, fraternity life, Relay for life, take back the night, student leadership committee, and am currently working two jobs on campus. I am currently a history major with a minor in secondary education in hopes of working with students for the rest of my days!

Orientation is a great experience for students and parents to understand the true college experience condensed into a few short days. For some students it is a glimpse into their next four to five years, for others it’s an opportunity to connect with the campus through living on campus or commuting. Either way, we hope you enjoy our future blog posts and grow some bear pride. Here at Bridgewater we like to say “Everyday is a great day to be a bear”. Once again, welcome to Bridgewater State.

We encourage any questions and comments and if you have any please feel free to contact Jen, myself, or Christina McCauley