Over the course of move in week, you have to some extent settled into the gig of college life. Hopefully you have taken full advantage of activities the campus has hosted, made new friends, and reconnected with old ones. With the first day of classes approaching, it is now time to get focused. In efforts to making the first day smoother, try locating the buildings where classes will be held in advance. This way you will know short cuts to each class and know exactly where you are going. This can be done individually although group effort is more effective. Remember to bring your schedule and a map of the campus for guidance.
Unlike home life, it is highly recommended to schedule a decent hour to turn in for bed. Retiring to bed between 12 and 1 pm is acceptable but no later. Getting enough rest will keep you focused and alert for lecture classes that last nearly two hours. Sleeping in class is prohibited and professors may ask you to leave class so please, DO NOT fall asleep in class.
Professors are given a limited amount of paper they are able to use; therefore they may email a syllabus prior to the first day and require you to have it when you attend class. Like any other syllabus, it includes an introduction to the course that briefly explains what you will be learning throughout the semester, the professor’s history and contact information, the textbook needed, and most importantly a schedule of what assignments are due on certain dates. College is not like high school where teachers reminded you daily on when assignments are to be turned in. It is your responsibility as a student to keep track of what assignment(s) are due in each class. If you ignore the syllabus you are essentially setting yourself up for failure.e Read it, learn it, and add the dates in your planner or calndar.
Similar to any other first day of school, you are feeling excitement, anticipation, and nervousness. There is nothing to be worried about; the first few days of classes are typically a breeze. You may be scheduled to be in a class for a certain amount of time; however, during the first week professors may dismiss class early. Arriving to class empty-handed on the first day is a definite NO NO. Professors have the tendency to dive into material starting day one so be prepared.
Information given on the first day of classes should be taken seriously. Professors are not talking to you just for their health. All information given will be helpful in making the semester much easier and less stressful for you. College professors are some of the most down to earth people you will ever met. If you have problems with material or have any questions, feel free to contact them. Becoming acquainted with your professor shows them you are a dedication student, interested in the course, show you take pride in your work, and take your grade seriously. Having that connection with professors will take you along way throughout your college experience.