First day at college

by frank-stuart
6MAR

Your first day at college can seem like a never-ending cycle of new experiences, new friends, new classes. It’s only natural that you’re going to be excited and a little nervous about your first day. Remember every student on campus has experienced what you’re going through, so don’t be afraid to step out of your shell and make the most of what college life has to offer.

Here are our top seven tips that will ensure your first day at college starts off on the right track…

1. Organise transport

The last thing you want to do on your first day is turn up late to class. Find out how long it will take you to get to the college and organise how you will get there. Look up the best travel route and give yourself enough time to shower, have breakfast and get ready in the morning before you leave home.

2. Take a bag with you

For peace of mind, pack all necessary items you want to take with you the day before. Include things like a notebook and pen, bottle of water and snacks (you may have to eat on the go depending on your timetable). This way, you can sleep well and eliminate the possibility of forgetting anything on your first day.

3. Get organised

You want to be prepared for your first day. Coordinate your time and schedule what classes you have on that day. Your timetable and course syllabus are your main reference point for key dates during your time at college. Have a folder for each class and highlight all your due dates listed in your course syllabus. Use a day planner if it will help you get organised and keep track of your time.

4. Form new friendships

Your first day is the perfect time to get to know your fellow students and classmates. Don’t be afraid to approach new people and introduce yourself. Your first day is all about making new friends with the chance of forming long lasting friendships. You will meet likeminded people who have the same interests as you. It would be worthwhile getting to know someone in each of your class so you can study together, exchange notes and find out what happened if you couldn’t make it to class one day.

5. Take notes

Don’t just rely on your course guide for all your study notes. Always have a notebook handy as there will be plenty of information shared on your first day, so you don’t want to miss anything important. Write down any information or examples your tutor will mention – you will be thankful later when it comes to assessment and exam times.

6. Get familiar with the campus

You may have already gone on a campus tour during O Week. Get to know your surrounding environment and go back to those places you visited. Don’t be afraid to ask someone where your class is – you might even make a new friend on the way. Check out the facilities and find out about any extra-curricular activities organised by the college.

7. Don’t be shy to ask for help

The transition to college life can be overwhelming for a lot of students starting out. Remember you are not alone and most colleges have student support services on campus to help make the transition an easy one. So put your hand up and ask for help. There will always be someone there to point you in the right direction and help you out.

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