5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR FIRST DAY OF COLLEGE

The first day of school never loses its charm.

Whether you like it or not, this day is surrounded by the start of something new and instead of it just being about your classes—it’s suitcase-packed with a whole lot of new beginnings.

After packing everything up and saying your goodbyes to your family, it’s time to meet your new roommate and begin your life away from home.

The first day of college is here.

College is full of experiences—ranging from new friends to new rooms to new environments to new classrooms.

The transition can be very overwhelming, but in order to have the best first day of college, here are 5 things for you to keep in mind:

Keep your door open: An open-door policy is the best policy (within parameters of course of still saying safe). The best and simplest way for you to meet new people on your first day of college is to leave your door open.

Most freshmen, just like you want to meet new friends and new people. They will be walking around the dorm hallways to see who their neighbors are and keeping the door open while moving in is a great way to invite them in without saying a word. You can also help or get help bringing your bags in to meet other college students.

Tour your campus and find your classrooms: You might know the building where your classrooms are located but are not entirely sure where room 34A actually is.

Make sure to walk around the building and find your specific classrooms before your first day of lectures begin. You don’t want to be “that” freshman who was late because they got lost.

Knowing your classrooms before your day of lectures will enable you to arrive at class early and choose a good seat. A tour around your campus will enable you to see the recreational facilities available for you to get involved in some activities, helping you feel at-home in no time.

Coordinate your schedules with your fellow roommates: Everyone, including your roommates, wants to be prepared for their first day of college. There will be so much chaos in the dorm when everyone is trying to get ready at the same time.

Have a chat with your fellow roommates about their morning routines: when they wake up, when they shower, get ready, and leave for classes.

By coordinating schedules and knowing what to expect, you won’t be locked out of the shower for 40 minutes and be late to your first lecture.

Carry your notebook, planner, and books with you: On your first day of college, you will probably be attending a first-class lecture by your professors about the plan for the semester, method of teaching, and be introduced to the syllabus.

They will also give you information about their office hours, how you can contact them and even what you need to do in order to get the extra credit. Instilling this organizational skills from the first day can help you succeed.

Having a notebook or planner handy can help you record all the important information that you might need to use during the course of your semester.

Some lecturers may start teaching on the first day, so it is good to be prepared with a notebook to write in. Sometimes you may need all the required books before you start your classes and you may have received emails when you were registering for the course. Try and buy them before classes begin to get ahead of schedule.

Start your work early: College assignments are different from the high school homework you have been used to.

Start working on your assignments immediately on your first day of college so that you will be done by the time of the deadline. Especially since you’re going to be loaded with bulk, classwork with all your new subjects, it’s good to stay on top of all your work.

Although the environment is brand new, don’t let it distract you from actually getting your degree.

Most college professors do not give the daily deadlines that you get in high school. They tend to give a huge amount of work to be done over a longer period of time.

This will seem that you have a lot of time to do the work, but don’t be fooled, time flies fast—especially when you have five to seven classes to care for.

It may take a while to get used to the amount of work you are given and you will eventually find the best way for you to study and do your assignments on time. A good way to get started is having a schedule that splits any bigger assignment into smaller parts that you can do daily.

For instance, if you are required to read a 300-page book in a week, read a segment of 50 pages each day and it will be much easier than to read the whole 300 pages the night before the deadline.

Extra tip ***Do not stress out, everyone is as nervous as you are. Use those nerves as an icebreaker to help you make some great study-buddies!

Your First Day of a Brand New Future

Your first day of college, as well as your first entire week, will be an overwhelming experience and can be stressful.

During your those crucial first days that can ultimately make or break your experience, an open door policy is a good opportunity for you to meet new people and make new friends whom you can tour the campus together while trying to locate your classrooms.

You can also find extracurricular activities for you and your new friends to be involved with.

Make sure to coordinate your schedules with your roommates so that everyone can get to their day in time without causing any chaos in the dorms.

Also, have your notebook or planner on-hand during your first day of classes if you will need to record any important information during the first meeting with your professors.

Always start your assignment early to avoid last minute rush.

And finally, enjoy it—you’ll only get a few more first days of school.

Author Bio:
Anne Baron is highly experienced educator, writer and copywriter specializing in academic research.  She has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with almost 25 years of experience in teaching and academic writing.  She spent a dozen years managing a large college peer-tutoring program and another dozen years in the classroom teaching college students.  She has since retired from teaching and devotes her time and efforts to freelance writing for institutions, businesses and colleges like Patrick Henry College.

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