Wow, classes are really coming up soon! A week from today for me actually. I always get so nervous the night before the first day, because I always feel like I’m never prepared enough no matter what I do. All new classes, all new professors, and all new material to learn. It’s kind of overwhelming. Usually, the first week isn’t too tough, but starting it off on the wrong foot can put you in a world of hurt. Here are a few things I do the night before my classes to prepare for the first day!
Set An Alarm
I have semi-early morning classes this semester, and I don’t want to sleep through them! Check and double check that you’ve set alarms to wake up! I usually set about two alarms ten minutes apart just to make sure I hear one if not both. If you’re someone who takes a few more minutes to wake up, make your alarms loud, and obnoxious. That’s the only way you may be able to get out of bed!
Plan Your Breakfast
A great breakfast can really transform your body, mood, and practically your whole day. I always feel so much better when I take the time to eat a meal that isn’t just a protein shake or a piece of fruit. If you want a successful day, have a successful breakfast! Plan out what you’re going to eat so you have an idea of how early you have to get up the next day.
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Pack Your Backpack
Your backpack contains everything you’re going to need for the day…or does it? The worst feeling ever is getting to class on the first day and being totally unprepared! All because you didn’t double check what you were supposed to bring, or you didn’t pack anything at all. Make sure you have all the school supplies you need for the day, your textbooks, pencils, folders, binders, everything!
Lay Out Your Clothes
The biggest time waster in the morning for me is picking out my clothes. I’m always so indecisive about what I want, and I end up getting to class a minute or two before class starts, or I’m late. Picking out my clothes the night before helps me in so many different ways. I look more put together the next day, I save a lot of time to get ready (and sleep in more). Right before you go to bed, go through your closet to see what you want to wear!
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Check Your Schedule
To succeed on your first day, you probably want to go to the right classes. I think the most common yet awkward thing that seems to happen in every one of my classes is someone always ends up in the wrong class. All because they didn’t look at their schedule close enough. Something so simple but so crucial! You’re not going to end up in the right place if you don’t preview your class schedule.
Look Through Your Assignments
Not every class does this, but some will give assignments before the first day. Usually, they’re reading assignments, filling out a worksheet, taking a pre-test, or something of the sort. If you’ve been assigned an assignment like this, make sure you’ve completed it correctly! A quick scan is usually enough or a brief proofread is fine, just make sure you’ve done everything asked of you. The worst feeling is turning in an assignment and realizing you’ve done it completely wrong on the first day.
Scan The Syllabus
Most classes send out the syllabus a few days before class. If so, make sure you read everything on it! You may not talk about everything on it in class, so don’t miss anything. A lot of my classes do go over this information, but some things near the end of the class, the professor may run out of time to talk about or will just tell you to read it. There’s a lot of useful information in the syllabus that can be the key to your success! Especially on the first day.
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Plan Your Class Route
My first year of college, I had no idea where any of the buildings were for my classes. I didn’t know how long it would take me to get to each class or how long I had to run errands in-between them. The night before really helped me plan my paths to class to test which one would get me there the quickest. My college has an app with the campus map on it that helps you estimate the time it takes to get to each class based on where you are. It really comes in handy! If you don’t have a lot of time between classes, estimate your routes so you can get there on time!
How do you prepare for the first day of classes? Leave a comment below!