Tips and Tricks to Prepare for your First Day
Summer is coming to an end and for a lot of you, you will be attending university and starting a new chapter in your life. Perhaps you’re filled with tons of uncertainty and other tentative feelings, but don’t worry, I have come up with some tips and tricks to ease some of those nerves and prepare you for your first day.
It’s okay to be nervous – Keep in mind that you’re not the only one with first-day jitters. You are one of the hundreds that is beginning something new in their life and everyone will be experiencing those nerves. So, make sure to not put too much pressure on yourself and have a positive mindset.
Keep track of your class schedule – The easiest way to keep track of your schedule is to take a picture of it and set is as your lock screen wallpaper for quick access.
Take a tour of the campus – If you have the opportunity to tour the campus before your first day, definitely do it! Orientation is a great time to do this. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the new environment and locate your classrooms to make it easier in finding them on the first day of classes.
Be on time – On the day of, arrive on campus early and make sure to give yourself enough time to make it your classes. If you do get lost and end up running a bit late, don’t be afraid to ask someone for help.
Get organized – University can get very busy and hectic. To make sure that you can keep track of everything, invest in a calendar and daily planner. Note down all the important deadlines, assignments and exams. Being able to properly organize and plan your study schedules can save you a lot of time and stay on top of things.
Have a decent breakfast – I don’t mean to sound like your parents, but having a decent and filling breakfast will have you set up for the rest of your day. So, make sure to not skip breakfast!
Get a good night sleep – First day of university is a big day and it is important that you are well rested. It will keep you alert and ready to learn throughout the day.
Introduce yourself – I used to think that walking up to someone completely random and introducing myself was a bit weird, but this is definitely not the case in university. Almost 100% of the first-year students are nervous and eager to meet new people. Be friendly, introduce yourself, start conversations, and meet new friends.
Don’t miss your first day – First days can be a bit boring, but this day is devoted for the introduction of the course, how it’s structured and the exams and assignments you’ll need to complete. These are all important in achieving your success in the course.
There you have it! I hope these tips can ease the mix of excitement and nerves and get you through your first day. Remember, it’s okay to be nervous but don’t forget to have fun and explore this new chapter in your life with a great mindset.
Best of luck,