The hard part is over – you’ve passed your SATs, graduated high school and got accepted into college! (Congratulations)! As you lounge around and enjoy your summer, don’t forget to do these 13 things before your first day of college.
1. Schedule a campus tour
Get a feel for what will be your home for the next four years with a campus tour. You’ll learn more about your school’s history and all your campus has to offer.
2. Explore the surrounding area
Every campus has a unique campus life, whether it’s a cool hang out or a go-to for cheap eats. Explore the surrounding area to be in the know of hot spots for food, studying and nightlife for all the times you don’t have class to attend. If you are not from the area your campus is located, exploring the surrounding area ahead of time will help you get around town a lot easier once school starts.
3. Attend your campus orientation
This is a no brainer considering, the majority of the time, attending your orientation is mandatory in order to register for classes. Additionally, orientation will provide you with all the ins and outs of what to expect from your chosen campus and your first year.
4. Learn to check your school email
Upon acceptance to your chosen school, every student will be assigned a school email. Learn how to access and check it for important updates about campus events, announcements from your professor and information regarding your status such as fees that might need to be paid prior to your first day.
5. Purchase a parking permit
I learned the hard way you can only park on campus if you pay for it – and parking off campus is just as hard when you’re fighting with other people for a good spot close enough to campus. Buy your permit attend of time because, yes, they can will sell out if you wait until the last minute.
6. Unpack all your stuff
I can tell you now that your first day will be hectic enough as is and the last thing you’re going to want to do is come home to your dorm or apartment filled with unpacked boxes (and I am pretty sure your roommates would not appreciate that either). Get settled in early so you can rest easy and start your first day without a withstanding to-do list when you finish class.
7. Attend welcome week events
There will be plenty of welcome events on campus before and after the first day of class, in the dorms and affiliate apartments which are all meant to help you get acclimated to college and meet other students – not to mention a lot of freebies (food, t-shirts, key chains and other good stuff). Attend, make a new friend and get even more excited about college life.
8. Find your classes
In order to avoid getting lost and arriving late to your classes, print out your schedule, take a walk around campus and locate where your classes are. Knowing where your classes are located will give you a heads up of how far, and fast, you might need to walk in order to get to your next class on time.
9. Familiarize yourself with important campus locations
If you need something such as the Health Center when you’re sick, or the Lost & Found when you lose your iPhone, it will be worthwhile to know where these locations are ahead of time so it will be one less thing you have to worry about when you really need them.
10. Read your syllabus
It’s always good to get a head start before the first day since the syllabus maps out the entire course for the semester. Review it to see what books you might need to purchase, how far in advance should you plan out your reading schedule, when your midterms will be and even what you might need to bring to class on the first day.
11. Purchase some school supplies
I will tell you right now that your campus store will most likely have a line out the door the first week that school is back in session with every one scrambling to purchase what they need. Especially on your first day, you do not want to be recognized by your professor as an unprepared student. Stock up on notebooks and pens so you can start your first day ready for business.
12. Purchase some school spirit gear
Represent your school with some cool spirit gear. Maybe there will be a campus rally at the end of week welcoming everyone back. Perhaps you have a school spirit day. Or your school just has really cool gear. You got accepted – don’t be afraid to show it off.
The night before your first day is probably not the best night to turn up because you’re so excited about your new found freedom. Get plenty of rest so you can be alert and aware of what a day in college will be like. You’re starting a new chapter in your – make your first day a memorable one.
Do you remember how was your first day of college? Was it what you expected it to be?