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First Day in College

The first tip is getting familiar with your schedule. This may mean you walk from your dorm to your first class so you know how long it will take you and where your class is. Nothing is worse than being late and lost on the first day of classes. You may also consider getting familiar with the campus before the first day of school. Doing this allows you to know what routes are best to take, where to eat, and maybe even find your perfect study spot. Knowing your campus and schedule before the first day of class can help you navigate the crowds and make it to your classes early so you can pick your seat, meet people, and even introduce yourself to the professor. If you have a roommate, you may want to coordinate your schedules to work out who will be using the shower or when people will be studying, or who will be in the dorm at what time.

Be prepared for class. Yes, even though it is the first day, you still need to be ready. Some classes or colleges require freshmen to have read a book or assignment before the first day. You will want to bring your schedule with you to class. If you aren’t in the right class, without your schedule, the professor or someone else won’t be able to help point you in the right direction if you don’t have a clue as to where you’re supposed to be. Bring a notebook, folder, or spiral as well as something to write with. Most instructors will go over the syllabus and what will be covered during the semester, and what their office hours are. So, there may be some stuff that you will want to write down, maybe even some numbers or email addresses of your classmates. Plus, there are some professors that go straight into lecture and you don’t want to be that kid asking for a pen and some paper.

My third tip for you, have fun. Even though things may seem scary, stressful, confusing, boring, or even depressing, just remember that college can be fun. You should try and make friends when ever you can. Don’t sit in the corner by yourself in class, introduce yourself, find out where people live or came from and see what you have in common with them. If you live in a dorm, try leaving your door propped open. People will see this as a sign that you don’t mind having visitors and can stop by to say hi. You may also want to look and see what clubs or organizations there are on campus, like fraternities or sororities.