College can seem like a never-ending stream of new experiences: new school, new friends, new classes. But instead of being overwhelmed, these five tips will go a long way toward making sure your first day of college starts off right.
Even if this isn’t your first college experience, it could be beneficial to you to skim over these tips, too:
1) Take a tour of your classrooms.
You might know where your class buildings are, but where is Room 216A? Make sure you check it out before your first class.
Finding the right room for each of your classes on your first day of college can seem like navigating a maze – and nothing screams “freshman” like wandering the hallways with a confused expression.
Instead, take a quick tour the day before classes start to find out exactly where you need to be. You’ll be stress-free on the first day, and what’s more, you’ll be sure to arrive to class on time and snag a good seat!
2) Bring a notebook.
On the first day of college, your professors will probably review the syllabus and talk about the plan for the semester. They’re also likely to list their office hours and contact information. Keep a notebook handy to record this important information. Some professors also start lecturing on the first day, so it’s critical to come prepared.
Sometimes you’ll know the required books for your classes ahead of time – you might get an email or letter after you’ve registered for your classes with assigned reading for the first day of college, or your syllabus might be available online. But it’s also possible that you won’t be sure what books or specific editions your professor requires.
Unless you have reading assigned for the first day of college, wait to make notes in your books or tear off the plastic wrap. If your professor has a specific request, you’ll want to be able to exchange those expensive textbooks!
3) Be open.
One of the best ways to meet people on your first day of college is simple –be open to new things!
Lots of newcomers mill around campus in the first few days of college looking to meet new people and make new friends. But even if you’re ready to mingle, clamming up suggests that you’re busy or don’t want to be disturbed. College is a great time to meet all kinds of different people with different experiences and beliefs, welcome it!
4) Start work before it’s due.
The homework you’ll get on your first day of college can be a world away from the high school assignments you’re used to. Start some of your assignments right away on the first day of college, so they’ll be sure to be done by the deadline.
College professors tend to assign bigger amounts of work over longer periods of time, so you’ll lack the daily deadlines many high school courses provide. This makes it seem like you have plenty of time, but don’t be fooled!
You’ll probably need a while to get used to the change in workload and discover the best way for you to study for college classes. Consider making a schedule on your first day of college that breaks down the bigger assignments day-by-day.
For example, if you’re reading a 350-page novel in one week, break it down into 50-page segments and read one each day. It’s much easier than trying to skim all 350 the night before class!
5) Take a break.
Your first day of college will be packed with exciting classes, meetings and events – it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all of the things going on. Make sure you take time in your day to relax and enjoy it!
Meet new friends for lunch in the Welcome Center or take a scenic walk around campus. Your college will probably have you pretty busy throughout the first few days of college, so take the opportunity to chill and share stories of your first day with new friends who just went through the very same thing.
Content originally published on University Language Services