College 101

collegeThe transition from high school to college can be scary and stressful if you are not sure where to start. However, luckily for you, thousands of college students have been in the exact same position and are now willing to share their experience and what they learned.  There is no doubt that the first day is likely to be very intimidating for first time students, however with these tips you may be able to ease your anxiety and enjoy your one and only, very first day of college.

No matter if you are living on campus or off, the biggest challenge of large college campuses is getting around. In order to ensure you get to class on time you should ensure you know the proper place to go and where you are and are not allowed to park. You may want to go the day before and scout out your parking lot and building to ensure no “frantic scrambles” occur on your first day of classes.

An important fact to remember is that college is not high school. Students are not trying to outdo each other, no one is waiting for you to mess up and you have control of the situation. In most cases no one will take notice of the freshmen wandering lost, however if you ask, they will be more than willing to lend directions. Do not hesitate to talk, communicate and socialize with anyone on the campus, this will help you begin meeting new people and developing new relationships.

The first day of classes may go by as a blur; however you will definitely gain a lot of experience and confidence when you get through that first, crucial day. Some tips that may help you prepare include:

  • Wear comfortable clothing: Modest dresses, loose pants and comfortable shoes are a must for college classes.
  • Carry a bag for your supplies. You should ensure you bring pens, paper and any textbooks you have purchased. It is also a good idea to take a jacket and water, as each classroom may have a different temperature.
  • Relax. This is probably the best advice you can receive. Once you attend that first day of classes you will develop a routine that will be second nature before you know it.

Most importantly you should have fun while in college. This is the last bit of “childhood” and cutting lose you will have. Real life will begin which involves a career, family and responsibilities. While this is an exciting time in life, as well, the college years may be some of the most memorable days that you will ever have. Once you get through the first day, the remaining four years will likely fly by, therefore make the most of them while you can.

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