Flex points are part of one of the meal plans and can be used only on campus primarily for food. They can be used in the dining halls, and most restaurants on campus including the fast food places in LaFun. They can also be used in the Huddle for non-food items, as well. Unused points will roll over from fall to spring semester, but all expire at the end of spring semester. Last year, $355 per semester were included in the 14-meal plan. The 21-meal plan does not include flex points, but few people choose that one.
Domer dollars are purchased in any amount and can be used in the same places that flex points can be used plus at the bookstore and for doing laundry. A few places off campus will start taking them this fall, hopefully more in the future. When you leave campus for the last time, remaining domer dollars will be refunded to you. You/your parents can add money to the plans through the internet and this limits the amount of cash you need to carry since the funds are on your ID card and you can just swipe for anything you need. Use your flex points first since they expire. Your points will get you through the semester without a problem if you are careful (for example, coffee at the Huddle is about a buck vs $3.50 or more at Starbucks!)
As far as going solo at orientation: my roommate came without parents last year. My parents took us both shopping and to dinner over the weekend, so there are plenty of people to help if you need it. Parents seem to adopt any extra freshmen, and it's a good way to start making friends.
Last edited by newdomer93; 06-29-2012 at 10:06 AM.