Prepare For a Fresh Start
I don’t know about you, but on the first day of class I always feel like a little girl in her school uniform walking through the gates of my elementary schoolyard. It doesn’t matter that I am 23 and I have had something like 19 first days of classes. That feeling is always there.
After weeks of nothing but leaves on the sidewalks of the campus, suddenly one morning those same places are bustling with students trying not to be late for their first class. Here are a few tips to help you ease into a new semester.
Wake up early.
Let’s face it, waking up early after weeks of sleeping in is always hard. To adjust to the new schedule, my mom used to tell me to set the alarm a little bit earlier every day, starting a week before the beginning of classes. This advice is gold, but let’s be serious, no college student would give up on the last few mornings of sleep to adjust their routine to their class schedule.
So I would simply recommend: Don’t play “Call of Duty” until 5 in the morning or start a “Game of Thrones” marathon the night before classes start. Everybody knows how addictive these can be. Just go to bed at a reasonable hour.
Find your way around campus.
On the first day of classes, it’s easy to get lost. It happens to everybody, even to the seniors that have been walking around campus for years. Some people just don’t have a personal built-in GPS.
So take a look at where your classes will be before the fateful first day. Check the campus map or at least figure out what floor the classroom is on so that, if you cannot find the right room right away, it will be easier to find it by process of elimination.
Review your schedule.
Sometimes, it’s not a matter of being lost, it’s the time it takes to settle into the new routine and keep everything in mind. As I said before, this was not the first “first day” of class for me, so you would think I am almost an expert.
Well, there’s always room for mistakes. I really don’t know how, but I mixed up my days of the week last semester and I managed to miss my first class of Organizational Behavior. I almost had a panic attack when I realized I was lying comfortably on my bed wearing my pajamas when I should have been in class.
So, to avoid forgetting about important things such as going to class (as I did), simply buy a planner before the beginning of classes and write down your weekly schedule, or at least print it out.
I strongly suggest the first option, even though it might take more time and effort than printing the schedule. Writing things down helps immensely in remembering them and helps you keep the bigger picture in mind. It will be useful not only on the first day of class but throughout the semester.