My number one piece of advice to people starting out with SSR is not staying in the on-campus housing in Erdman if you can avoid it. There's no AC and hot, humid, and swampy (plus rampant food theft). In addition, it can be a lot cheaper to find somewhere off-campus.
My second piece of advice is to deploy a good organization system. Take good notes (in a lab notebook if you're in a wet lab) and keep in mind the overall goal of your research project. This will help you prepare for the poster session at the end of Summer, too.