3 Tips On Surviving Your First Day In College

We all know the feeling that comes with the first day of school…

You lie awake in your bed the night before, excited and not excited all at the same time. You go to class wearing your back-to-school clothes, back-to-school haircut, and back-to-school confidence.

It’s not just your first day of school; it’s your first day of college and impressions are important. Here are a couple tips to make sure you get the most out of your first day of your post high school academics.

Introduce Yourself

Everyone hears they should introduce themselves to their peers on the first day of class, but it’s not too often students go out of their way to meet possibly the most important person in class: the professor.

In larger lectures, which you’re most likely to have your first couple semesters, wait until the end of class and walk up to the front. Your professor is busy and unless you have a serious question about the course right away, it’s better to keep it nice and short. Something like, “Hi my name is so-and-so. I just wanted to introduce myself and say I’m looking forward to the class.” This allows the teacher to put a name to a face when they are grading your work and when you’re emailing them a question about the course.

For smaller courses taught by teaching assistant’s or grad students, it’s possibly even more important to introduce yourself. Make sure to talk to them at the end of class following the same sort of procedure as before. It’s often their first experience teaching and introducing yourself to them will make it easier for you to get called on in class and put them at ease, which they won’t forget come grade time.

Walk Your Schedule

Don’t just look online and figure out what building all your classes are in. Find out each room number and go to each one the day before so you’re not scrambling to find them out the first day.

Although being a couple minutes late your first couple days isn’t frowned upon by almost all professors, it’ll give you peace of mind when you see someone else in one of your classes get up and walk out because they were in the wrong class. Plus, it makes a good impression showing up on time to your professor on syllabus week.

Books and Syllabus

Look at what books you need before hand on the course catalog if possible or maybe email your teacher before class for the list. This will allow you to get to the bookstore before it’s packed the entire first week or look online for cheaper textbooks.

Also, check your course homepage online through your school website and see if your teacher has posted any notes or content online for you to view. Often, the professor will put the first weeks content up early. Check and be extra prepared.

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Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.