First-year students wave at the camera while at the West Side Market

New to CWRU: Tour The Land

Stepping onto campus for the first time as a Case Western Reserve University student is exciting as you consider your future, what knowledge you will gain here and who you will form friendships with along the way.

But there are plenty of uncertainties, too. Even the most basic everyday activities—such as grabbing a bite to eat or doing your laundry—will look different from your life at home. To help you find your footing, The Daily teamed up with this year’s orientation leaders to hear their advice on what new Spartans should know. Each day this week, we shared some of their tips to help you feel more prepared as classes start next week.

The final advice of this week focuses on navigating and exploring Cleveland and its surrounding areas.

 Advice responses have been edited for clarity and length.

Elijah Brown

  • Major(s): Evolutionary biology, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism
  • Year: Third year
  • Elijah’s advice: “Don’t be afraid to explore Cleveland. CWRU gives us free access to Cleveland’s public transportation through our [Regional Transit Authority] passes. Whether you venture out into the city with friends or independently, Cleveland has amazing places that will entertain and surprise you. One of my favorite places to explore is West Side Market in Ohio City. This public food market has 100+ vendors that offer rare and high quality at reasonable prices.”

Angela Howell

  • Major(s): Classics, theater arts
  • Year: Fourth year
  • Angela’s advice: “I think the best place for a date night is the Cleveland Museum of Art. There are so many different exhibits to check out [that] you’ll definitely be able to find something interesting to talk about. There are also a lot of cool places to sit and look at the art.” 

Catherine Supron

  • Major(s): Mathematics
  • Year: Second year
  • Catherine’s advice: “Check the RTA schedule and make sure you get to the station [beforehand] because the bus may leave early! Definitely take the time to explore Tremont, there’s great food there and it’s very welcoming!”

Ellianna Wade

Emily Cheng

Looking for excitement off campus? Explore CWRU’s backyard—University Circle—and discover other must-experience attractions around the city.