Happy first day of classes! Winter break is over and it’s time to get back on the grind of academics. The first day is always the most stressful because you never know what to expect. You don’t know what assignments you’re going to be taking on or how difficult the class is going to be. No matter what happens, you always want to start off the day with your best foot forward and a winning attitude! Let me guide you through the first day so you can make the best first impression!
On the first day, I always get to my classes early. You never want to be late on the first day! It also helps to go early so you find your classroom if you aren’t sure where it is if you want to ask a few questions before classes start, or to find a good seat! You don’t want to be that person that stumbles in 10 minutes late while the professor is lecturing. It looks unprofessional, and it’s obvious you didn’t come prepared.
Sit In A Great Seat
Your seat in class can make or break your learning. You could end up with the student who never does their work and distracts you, a seat far in the back where you can’t see anything on board, or just a bad seat in general. I sat in a broken chair in one of my classes on the first day because I didn’t get there early enough. Having a seat you love in a class can change your whole perspective of learning. Sitting closer to the front helps you pay attention more, and being able to choose who you sit next to really helps if you know it’s a class you’ll struggle in. Know someone who is pretty smart? Try and snag a seat next to them.
Converse With The People Around You
I know, I know, who wants to reach out and meet people you don’t know on the first day? As an introvert, I would say not me. However, it is crucial that you do so. Friends in a class make studying for tests and group projects so much easier. I always seem to do better in classes where I get to know the people around me. Those people soon become assets for homework help, asking questions, and just make the class completely better all-around. I encourage all you introvert to make the scary jump and introduce yourself to your surrounding classmates. They could be your secret weapon!
Although the first week of classes are pretty chill, that doesn’t mean you should come to class unprepared. Imagine getting called on the first day and not knowing any of the class material you were supposed to study. I’d be completely mortified. It makes you look irresponsible to the professor and that you aren’t taking your academics seriously! Before class, whatever assignments or readings were emailed, do them!
It’s easy to space off during the first day. The first week is always known as syllabus week, and trust me, there can be some pretty boring material that week, but that doesn’t mean all of it isn’t useful. I’ve gotten some of the best advice from my professors during the first week regarding final projects and how to ace certain exams and quizzes. So as much as you’d like to nap the first week, sit up straight and start taking notes.
Try To Ask A Few Questions
I HATE raising my hand in class, especially in a class where I’m not too familiar with the subject (you will never see me raise my hand in a math class, I’ll tell you that). However, making the effort to ask questions and make the leap to learn more, looks really good in the professor’s eyes! Whether it be a question about the course or an upcoming assignment, it shows you’re curious and you trying!
Introduce Yourself To The Professor
It’s easy to get lost in the sea of students. Some classes may have 15 students while others have 500. I know from experience that if you can get your professor to know your name and recognize your work (in positive ways of course) you have a better chance of succeeding. Make a good impression on the by introducing yourself at the end of class. A smile, handshake, and a brief introduction of yourself really make a difference, making you appear a lot more approachable and showing you want to succeed in the class!
Write Down The Schedule For The Year
So your classes have ended for the day, congrats, you made it! It wasn’t so bad, was it? Now comes all the work. All the classwork schedules your professors have given you are about to come in handy. Get out the planner of your choice and just start writing everything in. All your class assignments, projects, tests, quizzes, events, everything! Keeping it all in one place makes it so much easier rather just searching for one piece of paper you may not even find again. Even if you do, you may not realize you have multiple things due on the same day!
Use Your Time Wisely
College is basically a balancing act of using your time wisely but accurately. There’s no time for goofing around because once the semester gets going, all the work will hit you out of nowhere. So stay on top of everything! Get started on projects early and studying for tests. Your time is valuable at this time in your life, so don’t waste it!
What are some things you do the first day of classes? Leave a comment below!