When the first day of classes rolls around, feelings of excitement and anxiousness abound as students lay awake, counting down the minutes until they need to get up. When your alarm clock finally goes off, you’ll get up and put on the outfit you’ve been planning for a week straight now. Then you’ll probably skip breakfast because you’re too nervous to eat, so make sure you pack a granola bar!
Don’t forget to brush your teeth!! After you check yourself out in the mirror for the fifth time, you’ll probably change your outfit again and then be ready to go! If you’re feeling good, stop by Champlin Hall or one of our cafés on your way up to class and grab a bite to eat.
What should I bring to class on the first day?
For the first day, I recommend bringing at least a pen/pencil and a notebook to write in. You never know if the professor might say something important and you’ll need to write it down quick. Also, bring a folder to keep your handouts in so you don’t lose them. Don’t forget your schedule! You won’t be the only one, even seniors forget what their next class is or when it is. Another helpful item to bring is a planner. This item will become your friend during the semester. If you don’t want to be pressed for time or have late homework assignments, make sure you don’t procrastinate!
What should I expect to do in class on my first day?
On the first day, the professor will go over the class syllabus for what you should expect to do during the semester and what the professor expects of you. They also will tell you what textbook to buy (if one is required), if you haven’t gotten it yet from the bookstore. Professors will also give you their office hours, if you have any problems with the homework or if you need to talk to them about any class material.
There are some professors, who after going over their class syllabus, will go right into lecturing, that is another reason why I recommend bring a writing utensil and paper. There aren’t many who do this but there are some. There are also some who will let you out early when they finish going over the syllabus and there are some who take two days to go over their syllabus.
When should I arrive at class?
For the first day, I recommend arriving 15 minutes early. This gives you enough time to find the seat you want and in case you can’t find the classroom right away. You don’t want to set a bad first impression with your professor by strolling into class late.
Don’t be afraid to ask people for help. If you can’t find your class, just stop and ask someone where it is. We’ve all been there before!
The first day of class may seem a little daunting at first but as long as you’re prepared, you’ll have nothing to worry about.2017-07-14