So you’ve set up your dorm and you’re working on getting settled in to college life. But now that you’ve got your living situation sorted out, you’ve got to figure out what to do about class. What do you need to be prepared on your first day of college? We’ll shed some light on the answer here.
Bring your books. Some professors know that students may not have had time to buy books by the first day of class, but others will jump right in to instruction. If you’ve got them, be sure to take your books with you on the first day.
Show up on time or early. It may be difficult to find your way around campus, but you need to make an effort to find your classrooms and get into your class before it starts. If you’re not familiar with the campus, take the time to walk to each of your classes in the week before school actually starts so you’ll know where you’re going when it’s time.
Take your notebook and pens. Whether you plan to take notes in a physical notebook or laptop, don’t leave it behind in your dorm room. You’ll need a place to put your syllabus, write down notes about the course, and maybe even do assignments or take lecture notes on the first day.
Don’t forget your dayplanner. On the first day, your professors will go over their plans for the semester, sharing important dates that you’ll need to know about. Have your dayplanner handy so you can fill in your calendar as you go along, and you’ll be prepared for the rest of the semester.
Pack some snacks. Throw some fruit, protein bars, or a sandwich in your backpack just in case you work up an appetite during class or don’t have time to make it to the cafeteria for lunch. Your first day in college may be stressful-don’t add hunger to your worries as well.
Keep a stash of cash. These days, so many people only carry around debit or credit cards, but on campus, you’ll probably need cash at some point. Whether it’s for the copiers, vending machines, or food court, keep a small bit of cash on you at all times.
You don’t have to be nervous about your first day of college classes, just prepared. Take these items and important steps in order to make sure you’ll give yourself the best start to your college career.